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Minutes of the DVOC Meeting for March 15th, 2001


The meeting was called to order by President Ron French.
38 members and 4 guests were present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.


Committee Reports:

Publications:
Jane Henderson reports that the next deadline for the next Larus is April 15th, and it will include a pledge sheet for the bird-a-thon.

Conservation:
Jan Gordon's would have pledge sheets for the bird-a-thon at the next meeting.

Ornithological Studies:
Chuck Hetzel reports that the Academy will be installing their new cabinets soon, and the restoration project at the Schuylkill Center will be starting soon.

Field Trips:
Despite a rough day, Paul Guris' March 11th Cape May Pelagic, produced high numbers of Razorbills and Oldsquaws, and low numbers of Gannets and Kittiwake's. A Humpback Whale was seen breaching.
Scouting for the March 31st Mannington Marsh field trip Frank Windfelder promises bathrooms and blackbirds, ice cream and Ruff!

Programs:
Colin Campbell announced the following program line up:

April 5th - Shawneen Finnegan: "How to REALLY look at birds".

April 19th - Alice Doolittle: "Status, Trends and Recovery efforts for the Piping Plover"

May 3rd - Nate Rice: "An avifaunal survey of the Acari Mountains in southern Guyana".

May 17th - Leo Joseph: "How DNA helps us see what we don't see when we see birds; examples from cuckoos and flycatchers".

June 7th - Pete Bacinski: "Butterflies of New Jersey".

And a reminder that fall programs will start on Sept 20th with Sam Freid.

There were no reports from Archives, Cassinia, Checklist or Website.

Announcements:

Ron French thanked Bob Mercer for the stella job with the Book Auction. It brought in over $400.
He also had received a letter from Chris Walters along with a check for $3, 490.41for earnings from investments in our Endowment Fund.

Sandy Sherman announced that the Bird Club of Delaware County had Pete Dunne as their speaker Wednesday.


Local Notes:

Don Jones had 17 Harlequins, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Razorbill, 30+ Common Loons and 1 Red-throated Loon at Barnegat Light. A black morph Rough-legged Hawk was also seen at Manahawkin.

Ron French's Peace Valley owl walk produced Long-eared, Screech, Great Horned, and 3 Short -eared Owls. Also at PV, 100's of Common Merganser, and 2 Iceland Gull's.

On the 11th in his backyard, Joe Majdan played a Screech Owl tape without luck, and then tried his luck with a Saw-whet tape, and lo-and-behold a Saw-whet responded. Woodcock were also in the yard and a large flock of 60+ Turkeys were on Forest Rd including an albino Tom.

During the March 2-4th weekend in Ontario, Bert Filemyr's group managed to sandwich all the northern owls between a white Gyr Falcon and Grey Partridges.

Al Bilheimer reported 600 Common Mergansers, 35 Ruddy Ducks and 1000's of Grackles at Core Creek Park.

Ward Dasey's Florence Gull workshop produced a close glaucodies w/ completely white primaries and amber eyes….(love is in the air).

Program:

The evening's program was on "Bird Songing" presented by Daniel Edelstein.


Respectfully submitted,

Adrian Binns
Secretary
3.31.01


 

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