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June 3, 2004

Paul Guris, taking advantage of his recently diagnosed schizophrenia, presided over the meeting as both acting President and Secretary. The meeting was called to order at 7:40. 13 members and 3 guests attended.

The minutes of May 20 were approved as read.

Committee Reports

Membership Committee: No report.

Conservation: No report.

Larus: No report.

Cassinia: No report.

Field Trips: Paul, taking advantage of yet another personality, channeled the spirit of Art McMorris to report on his May 22 and 27 Ridley Creek State Park field trips.

Rick Mellon announced that the Piney Tract trip for grassland birds on June 25-27 already has close to 25 participants signed up.

Programs: The July 1 and August 5 informal summer meetings will be held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center in New Jersey, rather than at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The September 2 informal meeting will still be at the Academy.

Sept. 23: This meeting is actually on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Web Site: No report.

Archives: No report.

Anita Guris announced that there was still room on the See Life Paulagics pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE on June 5.

Local Notes
Paul Guris reported on the North Carolina pelagics he led over Memorial Day weekend. Highlights included North America’s first documented Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, 3 Fea’s Petrels, and an immature Red-billed Tropicbird.

Jeff Holt still had a Bufflehead in Gloucester City a week ago Wednesday.

Paul Driver reported White-rumped Sandpiper, 8 Virginia Rails, and Least Bittern at Bud’s Bogs in the Pinelands, about 2 miles northeast of Red Lion Circle.

Paul Guris reported that Stone Harbor Point and Cape May Point had reports of Roseate and Caspian Tern, Oystercatchers with young, Piping Plover, and Mississippi Kite during New Jersey Audubon’s Bird Show weekend.

Ornithological Studies


The May Run reports were read and reviewed.

The meeting adjourned at about 9:30.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris