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March 18, 2004

Adrian Binns, in a rare live appearance, called the meeting to order at 7:40. 40 members and 6 guests attended.

The minutes of March 4 were approved as read.

Committee Reports

Membership Committee: Anita Guris read the applications of 5 new potential members. These new members will be given rigorous review to ensure they are up to the DVOC standard, unless they've already given us a check for their dues in which case they're definitely “in”.

Conservation: Jan Gordon made the request for support of our World Series of Birding team, and a pledge sheet was sent around with the signup sheet. She also reviewed the work of the ERDG, who support projects for horseshoe crab protection and education. Adrian Binns said that he hoped to increase the funds raised to $7,000.

Tom Bailey described the need for the Palmyra banding project.

Joanne Raine described the Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust hedgerow restoration and shrublands project.

Adrian proposed additional monies go towards a home remodeling project at his house. Hey, you can't blame him for trying!

Cassinia: No report.

Larus: Is at the printer today, and will be delivered in its brown paper wrapper shortly.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer reported.

Chris Walters reported on the March 13 trip to Barnegat, done in conjunction with a group of young birders from the Upper Mainline YMCA. Conditions were brisk, but the day was birdy. Highlights include 38 Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, many loons, and a Glaucous Gull.

A trip will be done in conjunction with DOS to Cherry Island Landfill for gull study on March20. Mike Smith from DOS will be the leader.

Frank Windfelder will run his annual Salem County trip on April 3. He plans on starting at 5:15 AM for Woodcock.

Rick Mellon announced a trip to the Piney Tract in western Pennsylvania June 25-27 for grassland birds in an area of reclaimed strip mines.

The trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico on Dec 4-12 is already full. Ironically, this trip is being led by Adrian Binns, who never seems to be full.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:

April 1: Clay Sutton will present “Birding Cumberland County, NJ”.

April 15: Frank Gill will present “Citizen Science in Ornithology”.

May 6: Laurie Goodrich from Hawk Mountain will present “Saving Species While They are Still Common”.

Web Site: Bert Filemyr demonstrated the web site for our members.

Archives: No report.

E-mail List: Frank Windfelder described the list, what it's for, and how to get on it. No mention was made on how to get off the list.


Jen Johnson asked for help with a research program that she's working on at Swarthmore College. The project is to help set up migration moon watching in South American, including on-line data entry and analysis. Scopes are needed and can be donated to the Birder's Exchange. For more information, take a look at the project's web site at: biology.swarthmore.edu/moonwatch.

Paul Guris announced that the April 3 Lewes and April 17 Belmar pelagic trips still had room.

Paul Guris asked for scouting help in the upcoming World Series of Birding. He intends to unleash the untapped power of the DVOC against the competition ... and may God have mercy on their souls.

Local Notes

Al Driscoll reported seeing a Hermit Thrush from his bathroom. Details were not requested. Actually, they were downright discouraged.

Augie Sexauer reported the arrival of Pine Warbler in NJ.

Joanne Raine reported 5 Rusty Blackbirds at Pennypack, as well as both kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Paul Guris reported 12 Purple Finches were still at his feeder in Green Lane, and on Razorbills, Little Gull, and Iceland Gulls from the March 14 Cape May pelagic.

Edie Parnum reported arrival of Eastern Phoebe, and seeing Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Doris McGovern said Tree Swallows were seen at Tinicum on March 3.

Tom Bailey reported seeing an immature Golden Eagle and 2 Red-shouldered Hawks at Friendship Bog.

Colin Campbell reported that a Snowy Owl had been seen at Indian River Inlet.

Bob Horton reported seeing 15-20 Tree Swallows, a dozen Rusty Blackbirds, and both teal at Trenton Marsh.

Ornithological Studies

Adrian Binns showed a Red-billed Tropicbird tail feather he picked up in Trinidad & Tobago. Federal authorities have since subpoenaed these minutes, and Adrian will probably be deported to any country that would have him.

Rick Mellon showed slides of an interesting Dark-eye Junco with white wingbars. He also played a commercial for John West Salmon with a man and a grizzly bear fighting over a fish. Yes, folks ... this is the kind of DVOC moment you paid the big bucks for.

Doris McGovern presented an excellent and thorough program on the West Park Basin and use by Canvasbacks, pointing out that diving ducks actually need fairly shallow water to feed on emergent vegetation.


Doug Wechsler, Director of Project VIREO here at the Academy of Natural Sciences, presented “The Asian Flavor of Alaskan Birds”. His program chronicled the adventures of himself and another photographer as they tried to capture species on film that were missing from the VIREO collection.

The meeting adjourned shortly before 9:45.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris