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Minutes of the DVOC for January 17, 2002

New President Colin Campbell attempted to call the meeting to order. After several efforts, the disorder was slightly quieted. Without doubt, our President with practice will improve at this chore.

31 members and 5 guests were present.

The minutes of the January 3, 2002 meeting were read and with one correction, approved.

Committee and Other Reports

Cassinia - Sandy Sherman is accepting articles.

Treasurer’s Report - Naomi Murphy, Club Treasurer, delivered the annual Treasurer’s Report. A year ago the Club obtained additional insurance protection against the possibility that Club officials might abscond with the Club’s money. But to our relief, the Trustee reported she is still holding the Club’s funds. She in fact produced a written accounting of the details, which show the Treasurer holding $7,878.75 as of mid-January, 2002. Operating expenses in 2001, a heavy Cassinia year, were $21,828. while income to the Treasurer was $12,002. Naomi reported that last year’s dues increase seems to have been very timely given the level of current operating expenses.

Trustee’s Report - The annual Trustee’s report was delivered by Chris Walters. The Club’s investments performed at a steady level again in 2001 despite very bad market conditions. As of January 1, 2002, the Club’s endowment stood at $100,964, a 3% increase over the prior year. Chris delivered a facsimile check of $3,289.69 to the Treasurer, representing income from the endowment to help pay Club operating expenses.

Field Trips

Adrian Binns announced that Ward Dasey’s field trip to Florence, New Jersey on January 12, 2002 attracted an unusually large turn-out. 36 members came to Florence to look for the gulls. Many Lesser Black-backed Gulls were available for study in wonderful sunny conditions. 3 or 4 Iceland Gulls were seen both sitting and flying but Glaucous Gull was found only after most of the group had left. As members departed the Florence area, our new President, Mr. Campbell, was observed loitering and creeping among bushes by the side of Route 130. Pressed to explain this conduct, Colin said something about losing his Madagascar field notes.

The upcoming Montauk Long Island field trip, scheduled for February 16-18, 2002, was reported to be oversubscribed and has a waiting list.


Adrian Binns announced upcoming programs -- February 7 - Matt Sharp of Project VIREO will speak to us on the Conservation and Recovery of Peregrine Falcons in Pennsylvania. On February 21 -- Doug Gill will present "Restoring Eastern Grassland Prairies -- a Success Story." On March 7 -- Joe Myden will speak on Purple Martins. Finally, on March 21 Nate Rice of the Academy of Natural Sciences will discuss the Academy’s expedition to Southern Australia.


The recent death of Charlie Wonderly, a past President of DVOC, was announced. We will all miss Charlie. As noted in remarks given by Jane Henderson, Charlie had long been one of this Club’s great teachers, trip leaders and all-around naturalists.

In other announcements, Roy Frock told of the Newtown, PA bird rehabber who found a Red-tailed Hawk stuck on the grill of his moving automobile for 5 hours; the bird was still alive when discovered.

Local Notes

George Armistead reported that the Wilmington Delaware Landfill still has a Barn Swallow, plus 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 11 Tree Swallows.
Frank Windfelder and Chris Walters reported on their trip to the Sandy Hook and Shark River area on January 19. They had a drake Tufted Duck among Greater Scaup at the Navesink River but could not locate the Barrow’s Goldeneye reported to be at Horseshoe Cove in Sandy Hook.


George Armistead of the Academy staff delivered an informative program on the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, complete with power-point extras. Among those present for this program was his father, club member Harry Armistead. Harry is a noted figure in the birding community and long-time regional editor for American Birds. The program stirred considerable interest and was followed by many questions from the audience.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Secretary

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