2014 Banquet - Thursday November 20th
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Our Speaker:Katrina van Grouw - "A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and ‘The Unfeathered Bird’"
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Next Meeting:
Thursday November 6, 2014 7:30 pm
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Directions to the Meeting
Directions to the informal pre-meeting dinner and the informal post-meeting gathering

Whitney Wiest - "The future of tidal marsh birds in the northeast: Conservation planning in response to predicted sea level rise"

Minimal pristine salt marsh habitat remains and increases in flooding from sea level rise due to global climate change pose real immediate challenges to the persistence of tidal marsh bird populations. The extreme importance of the northeast tidal marsh ecosystem and its unique wildlife requires immediate regional conservation action to address the imminent threat of permanent marsh loss or severe marsh degradation. This talk will explore how states and land protection organizations in the Northeast can efficiently spend limited conservation dollars to protect areas of concentrated bird abundance to ensure the future existence of key tidal marsh bird species.

Whitney Wiest is a Ph.D. candidate in the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Delaware. She is co-coordinator of a regional marshbird survey in Northeast tidal marshes for the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP), as well as co-coordinator of the Salt Marsh Integrity Project for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Whitney has researched salt marsh birds since 2008, when she began her Master's at the University of Delaware. Prior to her graduate work, Whitney performed wetland delineations for an environmental consulting firm in northern New Jersey.


From the 10/16 Meeting





Next Field Trips:

DVOC continues it's longtime tradition of visiting Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl Banding Station during the peak of Saw-whet migration. During this popular field trip, we'll get an opportunity to observe and learn from the experts, how banding Saw-whet Owls has revealed myriad information about the lives of these small birds-of-prey. Bring cameras and snacks, for an enjoyable evening! Saw-whet Owl numbers are cyclical, and each year varies. There are no guarantees, but we've seen at least one bird every year except once. Meet at the banding station at 6:30 PM, located along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain in Schuylkill County - approximately 2 hours from Philadelphia. Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants - registration required. Contact Debbie Beer, debbeer(at)hotmail.com, 610-955-4098. Provide name(s) in your party and cell phone number. First come, first served. There is often a waiting list; please make sure you show if you register. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer

Our annual trip for waterfowl will again start at Barneget Inlet on Saturday, November 29. We will walk out the jetty to search for Eiders and the Harlequins. Plus whatever else we encounter. We will then drive to Forsythe NWR for a different variety of duck. The Forsythe part might start around 12:30 but that timing will be based on when we finish up at Barneget. Inclement weather will cancel the trip.
If any doubts, or for any other questions, please email me.
We will meet in the Barneget Lighthouse State Park parking lot at 9:00AM. Figure two to 2 1/2 hours here. Then we will drive to Forsythe meeting there about 1 hour and 15 minutes after leaving Barneget. This leaves time for everyone to eat lunch.
I will have a scope for participants to use. Please see previous trip reports for an idea of what to expect.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller (856)287-2732.


Full 2014 Field Trip Schedule















From the DVOC Constitution/By-Laws:
•The mission of this club is the advancement and diffusion of ornithological knowledge.
•The members of this club shall be persons who are interested in ornithology considered in its widest sense

Each year the DVOC raises money for our Conservation Fund. Most of the funds are raised as part of the DVOC's participation in NJ Audubon's World Series of Birding but other donations are certainly accepted. All funds collected in a calendar year are distributed to one or more organizations recommended by the Conservation Committee and approved by Council. For further information on donating -

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