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Minutes of the DVOC Meeting for November 16th, 2000

The meeting was called to order by Ron French. 35 members and 6 guests were present.
The minutes of the meeting held November 2nd, were read and approved.

Nathan Rice's nomination for membership was read for the first time.

There were no reports from Banquet, Checklist, Conservation, Larus,

Archives: Katrina Knight is still looking for someone to bind the minutes.

Field Trips: Frank Windfelder's November 4th trip to Bake Oven Knob, produced a 1st year Bald Eagle, a singing Winter Wren and 2 Ravens. Realizing that birds were few and far between that morning and feeling obliged to give those that came their money's worth, Frank removed his plaid shirt to go topless on this chilly morning. A mass exodus followed….. later they learnt they had missed the bird-of-the-day, an adult Golden Eagle.
December 9th is the date for Armas Hill's Brielle 'heated handrail' Pelagic, going for Great Skua and Alcids.
Erica Brendal was now accepting signups for the Montauk weekend Jan 13-15th.

Ornithological Studies: Chuck Hetzel noted that the Schuylkill Center was fencing in 6 acres to keep deer out, native plantings in, and hopefully prove habitat for ground nesters.

Nominating Committee: Hart Rufe is looking for 2 people to fill the vacancies on council.

Internet: Emmerson Bowes tells us that there is a new layout coming soon.

Colin Campbell announced the following programs:
12/7 - The Annual Banquet with Kevin Karlson as the featured speaker
12/21 - Club members get a chance to recount their Memorable Moments.
1/4 - Annual General Meeting and CBC's
1/18 - Bob Curry - The timing of breeding in the Florida Scrub Jay
2/1 - Doug Weschler on Borneo
2/15 - Bob Mercer's will run a Book and misc. birding equipment sale

Having 'snatched-up' the last copy of the Woodpecker Book from Ellen, Hart Rufe was looking for the individual that really, really wanted that last copy, as he later realized that he already owned one!
3 arms quickly went up claiming to be that individual, but Lynn Jackson got it. Even though it was now obviously a second hand book, Hart still wanted his full purchase price!

Local Notes:
Ron French had a dazed Sharpie walking along the ground, and allowing him to get within several feet. A Barnacle Goose was at Peace Valley over the weekend.

Al Bilheimer had a Snowy Owl at work in Lower Buck County on Nov 4th.

Frank Windfelder's yard list reached 131 species with the addition of 11 Tundra Swans heading south.

Alan Brady's 12 backyard squirrels have been reduced to 1 thanks to a Great Horned Owl.

Colin Campbell had a Sharpie hit the kitchen window….as it turned out it was being chased by a Cooper's. It was also noted that his guest from Scotland Andrew Stevenson had recently found Britain's first Long-tailed Shrike.

Armas Hill had seen the Loggerhead Shrike in Cumberland County, as well as a Lesser Black-backed Gull near by.

Cele Deemer had a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker at Brigantine and saw the Snowy Owl at Island Beach State Park.

Evening Program:
The meeting concluded with a program given by Ralph Mancke on the history of the endangered endemic Philippine 'Monkey Eating' Eagle and the conservation effort being done to sustain the population.

Respectfully submitted,

Adrian Binns

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