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DVOC Minutes for December 4, 2003

The President presided over 44 members and guests (7 guests).

The prior meeting minutes were approved as read.


Committees

Bill Murphy, for the Nominating Committee, proposed a slate of officers and new Councilors for 2004, as follows: Adrian Binns (President), Chris Walters (Vice-President), Paul Guris (Secretary), and Naomi Murphy (Treasurer). Doris McGovern and Martin Selzer were proposed for new members of Council.

Anita Guris, for the Membership Committee, announced receipt of two more new member applications.

Announcements

Jeff Holf announced he has discovered some available original editions of Witmer Stone’s classic Birds of Old Cape May, and asked members to see him if interested in acquiring one.

Field Trips

Martin Selzer announced the Club’s three upcoming December field trips, to Niagara Falls, from Brigantine to Barnegat December 6, and at Roosevelt Park December 14.

Programs

Members’ Photography Night will be December 18, with the Annual Meeting scheduled for January 8, 2004. On January 22, Bob Mulvihill will speak on the 40+ years of banding results at Powdermill Banding Station in Western Pennsylvania. Bob will also take questions on the new PA Breeding Bird Atlas, of which he is State Coordinator.

Ornithological Studies

Bert Filemyr presented a well-organized and useful study on how to use mantle color as an ID point for Eastern gull species.

Local Notes

Eric Pilotte reported that on November 15 his wife found a Virginia Rail on the Penn campus near midnight, seeking shelter from high winds.

Don Jones and Al Driscoll reported on their recent birding in NJ with birders from the Netherlands. On November 26 Don had many Pipits and 15 Siskins along Back Neck Rd in Cumberland County. On November 22 Al had three Jaegers, Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders and many Scoters at Barneget Light, while the next day he had the Long-billed Curlew south of Nummy’s Island.

Doris McGovern reported seeing 16 Fox Sparrows at Tinicum today, plus a No. Oriole there last week. She also reported that a pair of Bald Eagles now roosts at Tinicum.

At Ft. Washington State Park, Bill Murphy had 2 catbirds, 1 thrasher, and 4 chipping sparrows, while Tom Reeves has had unusual sightings of Pheasant recently at Tyler Arboretum in Delaware County.

Program

Our speaker was Mark Garland from CMBO. Armed with a stunning set of slides of landscapes and birds of the American West, Mark took us on a tour of out-of-the way Western wildlife refuges. His passion and love of Western birds and habitats made his talk interesting to all.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher K. Walters
Secretary


 

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