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Minutes of the DVOC for December 20, 2001

President Ron French called the meeting to order.
The minutes of the December 6, 2001 meeting were read and with one amendment, approved.
31 members and 0 guests were present, although only 28 recorded their presence on the sign-in sheet which was passed around.


Elections to Membership

Three new members were elected after second readings of their nomination letters -- Joan Eitzel of Wyncote Audubon Society, and Henry and Margaret Schaefer of Plainsboro, New Jersey.


Committee Reports

Archives Committee chair Katrina Knight, displaying true "Sherlock Holmes tendencies," announced the rediscovery of four (4) years' of DVOC meeting minutes which had previously "gone missing."


Nominating Committee Report

Ron French presented the following proposed state of candidates for DVOC Offices, to be voted upon at the January Annual Meeting:

President - Colin Campbell
Vice President - Adrian Binns
Secretary - Chris Walters
Treasurer - Naomi Murphy
Counsel - Anita Guris and Lynn Jackson

Other nominations were invited; none were made.


Upcoming Field Trips Announced

January 12, 2002 - Florence, New Jersey for wintering gulls led by Ward Dasey.

February 16, 2002 through February 18, 2002 - Long Island and Montauk, New York led by Erica Brendel and Chris Walters. Bring your long-johns.


Upcoming Programs

January 3, 2002 - Annual meeting featuring reports of area Christmas Bird Counts. Free refreshments provided.

January 17, 2002 - Matt Sharp, from the Academy Bird Department, will present a program on the work of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee (PORC).


Local Notes

· Frank Spitzer reported Fox Sparrows at his feeders in Washington Crossing, New Jersey for the 37th straight year. Frank recently returned from a bird trip to Australia and New Guinea, where he saw half the world's Birds of Paradise.
· Ron French reported a female Brewer's Blackbird he found December 16, 2001 while doing the Upper Bucks County Christmas Count.
· Further afield, Joe Majdan saw the Calliope Hummingbirds near the Cloisters in New York City, while Chuck Hetzel's daughter saw the Long-billed Murrelet on Lake Cayuga near Ithaca, New York. Long -billed Murrelet, until recently, was considered a subspecies of Marbled Murrelet.
· Still further afield, Jan Gordan reported returning from a recent trip to Belize and Honduras, where the organization "R.A.R.E." is training local bird guides.
· Joann Raine saw both Harris Sparrow and Sprague Pipit on a recent trip to Texas. She reported that the Bird Department at Texas A & M is also in the process -- just like our Academy here -- of replacing the cabinets which house their museum bird specimens.


Program

Instead of a formal speaker, our Vice President Colin Campbell led members in the scheduled program called "Memorable Moments in Birding." Eight members took the floor. They told tales of several misadventures, including how Rick Mellon was knocked to earth by the attack of a Western Screech Owl, how a DVOC group led by Al Brady was nearly stranded on Little Beach Island, New Jersey by receding tides, and how the need for hot coffee by late DVOCer Sidney Lipschutz led to the finding of a Thick-billed Murre in Cape May Harbor. Members' stories included Chuck Hetzel's sounds of a young Horned Owl and slides of Doris McGovern's 1993 trip up the Dempster Highway in the Yukon Territory. Finally, "Memorable Moments" concluded with a tutorial by Don Jones, featuring a series of unmentionable bird sounds. Don's advice was that members use whatever technique best works for them, individually, in remembering the sounds of nature.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Acting Secretary


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