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Minutes of the DVOC for May 16, 2002

Vice President Adrian Binns called the meeting to order.
30 members and two guests were present.
The minutes of the May 2, 2002 meeting were approved as read.

Committee Reports

Jan Gordon reported that Estelle Richman, Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, has been very supportive of open space preservation issues within Philadelphia.

Jan also reminded members to pay the amounts they pledged in support of DVOC's ace World Series team. By acclamation, the club then asked Adrian Binns to give a report on the team's May 11, 2002 World Series run.

Adrian reported that our team again had a superior performance, getting 222 species which was good for second place in the event (the Cornell team won). Team highlights were many, including Black Rail, Goshawk, Glaucous Gull, Swainson's and 32 other warblers, Parasitic Jaeger and Nelson's sharp-tailed sparrow. The team members this year were Paul Guris (Captain), Adrian Binns, Bill Stocku, Rick Mellon and Mike Fritz.

Field Trips

Next field trip is May 19 to Hawkins Road, NJ led by Don Jones.

There will later be two Bombay Hook field trips for shorebirds - one on July 21st led by Sandy Sherman and another August 18th led by Ellen Short.

The Pokomoke Trip, held May 3-5, had 155 species and 13 participants, led by Colin Campbell.

Programs

Last regular program before summer is the June 6 May Run Reports Program.

There will be no informal meeting on July 4, the first Thursday in July. Instead that meeting will occur Thursday, July 11. Other informal meetings will be on the first Thursday of August and September.

Formal meetings will resume on the third Thursday of September.

Local Notes

Great recent birding for warblers and other migrants was reported from Fort Washington State Park (Bill Murphy), Tookeny Creek Park in Cheltenham (Bill Haber), and Stony Creek Park in Lansdale (Steve Kerr).

Rick Mellon was at Alpha in NJ this week where he had four Vesper sparrows, two Pipits, 6-8 grasshopper sparrows, 20 Savannah sparrows, 8-10 Horned Larks, Bobolinks and a Lincoln's sparrow.

Sandy Sherman reported on the continued Swainson's Warbler singing at Jake's Landing, and Chris Walters and Art McMorris noted continued Pine Siskins near feeders just west of City Line Avenue, Philadelphia.

Program

Our speaker was John Serrao, an accomplished all-around naturalist at the Poconos' Skytop Resort. He gave a great delivery of his program and slides entitled "The Magic of Spring". The program elicited numerous questions from members.


Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Secretary


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