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September 23, 2004

Minutes of the DVOC for September 23, 2004

Adrian Binns, in a rare personal appearance, called the meeting was called to order at 7:34. 48 members and 4 guests attended.

The minutes of June 3 were approved as read.

Committee Reports

Membership Committee: Anita Guris welcomed Bill Reaume, Mary Watkins, Karl Lukens, Tim McFadden, and Eric Schenkel as new members. She also announced that DVOC handouts were available for placement at nature centers, wildlife refuges, local saloons, and other places that birders congregate.asd

Conservation: No report.

Larus: No report.

Cassinia: No report.

Web Site: No report.

Archives: No report.

Field Trips: Bill Murphy reported that the Chimney Swift trip in Philadelphia had about 100 birds entering the chimney at the Shawmont Elementary School.

Adrian Binns reported on the September 19 Hawk Mountain field trip. Highlights were several hundred Broad-wingeds plus a mix of other raptors.

Martin Selzer announced the following trips:
- Sat, October 2 at Tuckerton for Sharp-tailed Sparrows with Frank Windfelder.
- Sun, October 3 at Palmyra with Ward Dasey.
- Sat, November 6 for Saw-whet Owl banding with Adrian Binns.
- President’s Day weekend, February 19-21, to New England with Adrian Binns. This trip tends to fill up, so anyone interested should contact Adrian soon.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
- October 7, Jo Ann Raine and Frank Windfelder will present Birding South Texas.
- October 21 is the DVOC book auction.
- November 4, Dina Fonesca of the Smithsonian will present How Mosquitos and Birds Intersect: The Hawaiian Honeycreeper Example.
- November 18 is the annual banquet, with guest speaker Carl Safina on albatrosses.

Adrian Binns announced the passing of David Cutler, Honorary Member of the DVOC, and member since 1944. He read Andy Ednie’s biography of Dave and memories to the club. Other members also shared their memories of Dave. He will be missed.

Roy Frock mentioned that the Bucks County Birders newsletter is published electronically as a PDF file and E-mailed to members.

DVOC hats are for sale for $15, Centennial audio tapes for $10, and DV OC plates for $5. Anita Guris also announced that there were still World Series of Birding shirt available for $30. A portion of the price goes towards the WSB conservation funds.

Paul Guris announced that Naomi Murphy was retiring from the IRS in just 7 days. Congratulations were offered.

Anita Guris announced that there was still room on the See Life Paulagics pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE on October 23.

Local Notes
Kate Somerville reported Hooded Warbler at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Bill Murphy said that Ft. Washington State Park had 5,000 Broad-wingeds and 38 Bald Eagles, this week, but noted that warbler numbers have been horrible this fall.

Jo Anne Raine had 20 warbler species at Pennypack on Sunday.

Steve Caser had a decent warbler migration at Peace Valley on Sunday.

Ron French had Yellow-breasted Chat and Mourning Warbler at his property in Bucks County, but missed Connecticut Warbler for the first time in several years.

Roy Frock noted that in general, Bald Eagle numbers were up everywhere.

Colin Campbell reported that Bombay Hook still had 16 species of shorebirds including Wilson’s Phalarope, thousands of Snow Geese, and one Ross’ Goose.

Paul Guris reported on the 4-day pelagic trip out of San Diego, CA that he led in early September.

Ornithological Studies
Connie Goldman presented the inside scoop, quite literally, of study skin preparation. This fascinating and very detailed program showed how the skins are prepared at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and examples were available for review.


Nate Rice, Bird Collections Manager at the Academy presented Bird Studies in Central Africa, documenting the expedition he participated in to Equitorial Guinea. This is a highly understudied area that is quickly losing habitat. The highly primitive conditions that the researchers had to work under were even worse than Camden, though not as dangerous!

The meeting adjourned at about 10:00.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris