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Minutes of the DVOC for March 7, 2002

With our President away birding in Venezuela, Vice-President Binns called the meeting to order.
28 members and 2 guests were present.
The minutes of the February 21, 2002 meeting were approved as read.


Committee Reports and Other Reports

Field Trips

The Sunday April 6 field trip to Pedricktown and Salem County will be led by Frank Windfelder. Frank again promises us a Ruff -- just like he promised last year.

This year the annual Pokomoke (Maryland) field trip will be Friday through Sunday, May 3, 4 & 5, 2002. It will be led by President Colin Campbell.


Announcements

Paul Guris announced the March 3 Cape May pelagic trip was rescheduled for March 10, weather permitting.

Chris Walters announced that the Club's Endowment Fund has now received and deposited Bob Sehl's bequest of $7,500.00. He announced further that the DVOC Website can now be accessed using "dvoc.org".


Programs

Adrian Binns announced upcoming programs:

March 21 - Nate Rice will speak to us on the Academy's expedition to Southern Australia. Club members can meet early that evening (at 6:30 p.m.) to visit the Academy's bird collection. On April 4 Kevin Karlson will present the "Miracle of Migration", a constant source of fascination. Finally, the DVOC book auction will occur April 18. This will be special this year in that it will consist of books from the private collections of deceased members Phil Street, Bob Sehl and Roy Imsick.


Local Notes

In a behavioral note, Adrian Binns observed two Cedar Waxwings passing a berry back and forth between each other.

Paul Guris still has 15-20 Purple Finches at his feeders near Green Lane Reservoir in Montgomery County, and reports Bald Eagles are on eggs at the reservoir.

Rick Mellon set off a discussion as he reported encountering fewer deer ticks in the field than previously.

Chris Walters reported four Pine Siskins in suburban Wynnewood near City Line Avenue, while Art McMorris has had Siskins at his home in nearby Bala Cynwyd.

Doris McGovern reported that a White-winged Crossbill was still visiting a feeder in Awbury Arboretum in Germantown.

Andy Ednie, reporting on signs of an unusually early spring in Delaware, noted that Ospreys returned to Indian River Inlet the third week of February, and that Tree Swallows were already being seen in Southern Delaware.

On the same subject, Doris McGovern reported that Tree Swallows had returned to the Heinz Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia by March 2. Doris also had Carolina Wrens starting a nest at her house on February 22.


Program

Club member Dr. Joe Myden presented an interesting and informative talk on Purple Martins. Joe is an unabashed fan of Martins, having developed a colony of about 70 on his Bucks County property in recent nesting seasons. His program discussed the three subspecies of Martins, how they winter in Brazil, and led to many questions from members.


Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Secretary



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