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March 4, 2004

Acting President Don Jones (not to be confused with actor president Ronald Reagan) called the meeting to order at 7:46. 42 members and 12 guests attended.

The minutes of February 19 were approved as read.


Committee Reports

Membership Committee: Anita Guris introduced new members Robert Horton, Arnella Trent, Jim Molaneaux, YY & Jane Huang, and Ralph Hoppel. If she can sign up 3 more new members this year, she’s eligible for either the toaster oven or the electric can opener.

Conservation: No report.

Cassinia: Art McMorris did his Jerry Lewis telethon imitation and asked for submissions and articles.

Larus: No report.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer reported.

The February 28 trip to Indian River, DE was led by Martin, and attracted 21 participants. Some of the highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Canvasback, and Redhead.

A trip to Barnegat will take place on March 13. This trip will be done in conjunction with a group from the Upper Mainline YMCA. What was Chris Walters thinking when he decided to expose young impressionable minds to the DVOC!!!???

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

A far future trip to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico on Dec 4-12 was announced.

Archives: Lynn Jackson reported that plates, tapes, and back issues of Cassinia are still available, but going gast.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:

March 18: Doug Wechsler will present “The Asian Flavor of Alaskan Birds”.

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

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

The annual banquet in November will have Carl Safina presenting “The Eye of the Albatross”.

Web Site: Bert Filemyr added some interesting DVOC trip reports from the 1950s that were unearthed by Lynn Jackson.

Announcements

Our treasurer Naomi Murphy announced that dues were due, along with the standard associated threats.

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

Paul Guris discussed the plans for the funds raised by the upcoming World Series of Birding. Plans include purchase of mist nets for the Palmyra banding project, and support of hedgerow restoration and shrub habitat expansion projects at the Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust. If additional money is raised, some may also go towards support of horseshoe crab projects. Members were told to pledge per bird, and Paul said that the team probably wouldn’t get more than 150 species and that last year’s record setting total was just a fluke.

Rick Mellon announced that he and Chris Walters would be doing a trip to the Piney Tract in late June for grassland birds in a reclaimed strip mine area.


Local Notes

Mick Gitner reported the continuing presence of a Cape May Warbler at Silver Lake Nature Center.

Paul Guris reported on his February 28 pelagic out of Lewes, DE, including 170 Dovekies, a breeding plumage Common Murre, 23 Northern Fulmars, and 21 Red Phalaropes.

Alan Brady reported that he went on an 18 hour fishing trip out of Wildwood Crest, where he saw many Gannets, a skua, 5 Northern Fulmar, and several Iceland Gulls.

Don Jones played an interesting tape of Black Scoters from Cape May.

Brett Wolfe had his first big numbers of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles at the Philadelphia Zoo, along with his first Gray Catbird of the season.

Doris McGovern reported on a New England trip where the had Varied Thrush, 55 Bohemian Waxwings, Razorbill, Thick-billed Murre, and Iceland Gull.

Bob Horton went to Georgia to see the Yellow-billed Loon.

Nikolas Haass reported seeing 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Iceland Gull, and a probable Kumlien’s at the dark-end of the spectrum.


Ornithological Studies

Nikolas Haass did a fascinating study on the goose complex that includes Greater White-fronted, Bean, and Pink-footed Geese. The discussion of Greater White-fronted Goose races was excellent, though Nikolas said it was not conclusive as he had hoped when he started his research.


Program

Jeff Gordon presented the “Birdsong Grammies”, a fun and interactive program that required members to express their opinions, something that DVOC is highly qualified to do. His lovely assistant Liz gave the program a level of pinache rarely seen at the club.


The meeting adjourned shortly before 10:00.


Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris
Secretary