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April 7, 2005

Guest President Ron French filled in for Adrian Binns who was in Colorado trying to serve up more chickens than Colonel Sanders. Ron called the meeting to order at 7:45. 48 members and 2 guests attended. The minutes for March 17 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership Committee: Anita Guris had no new members or candidates to announce, but did inform the club that membership forms and handouts about the club were available.

Cassinia: Art McMorris state that Volume 70 for the years 2002-2003 were formatted for the printer. He is now accepting articles, photos, drawings, reports, blurbs, etchings, limericks, haikus, cloth swatches, and whatever else we care to submit for Volume 71.

Larus: Chris Walters, reporting for Naomi Murphy, showed a sample of the online Larus that was printed out on his company's machinery ... I'm sure with their knowledge. He encouraged the membership to opt for Larus online rather than the shorter 8-page version that is mailed.

Web Site: No report.

NB4NB: No report.

Conservation: JoAnne Raine presented a request for WSB funding from a group called National Biodiversity Parks. The request for $250 is to help with the publication of survey data of the grassland birds at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Paul Guris noted that this request had already been approved by 9 out of 10 members of Council, and nobody much cared what the 10th person on Council thought anyway.

Archives: No report.

Field Trips: Paul Guris announced the May 6-8 Pocomoke trip with Colin Campbell. If interested, send an e-mail to both Colin and Martin.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
• 04/21: We will attempt a very quick meeting in order to get a double program by Paul Tebbel and Michael Forsberg. The first program is "Sandhill Cranes: Understanding Crane Communication" to be followed by "On Ancient Wings", a photo study.
• 05/05: Dr. Aliza Baltz of the Philadelphia Zoo will present "Report on Zoo's Micronesian Kingfisher Success and Other Captive Breeding Bird Programs".
• 05/19: Dr. Rober Curry from Villanova University will present "Conservation Ecology of Island-Endemics (the Mimids--Mockingbirds and their Allies)".

Announcements
• Chris Walters: Project VIREO at the Academy of Natural Sciences is looking for volunteers with PhotoShop experience to help with digitizing VIREO's photo collection.
• Paul Guris: There are spaces available on the upcoming April 16 Lewes and April 23 Belmar pelagics.

Local Notes
• Alan Brady: Reported a Black Guillemot off Wildwood Crest on the return voyage of a fishing boat he was on.
• JoAnne Raine: Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust had a female American Kestrel checking out the nest box. Kinglets and some warblers were arriving.
• Art McMorris: Gave a status report on the Peregrines in the Philadelphia area. They include a pair on the Turnpike Bridge, a pair on eggs on the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, a pair on the Betsy Ross Bridge, no birds on the Ben Franklin Bridge (possibly due to bridge work), a pair in downtown Philadelphia, a pair with one young bird on the Girard Point Bridge, and a single bird on the Commodore Barry Bridge. There are a total of 12 known pairs now breeding in Pennsylvania.
• Ron French: The Fishing Creek area on the Susquehanna had at least 3 Little Gulls. On Wed., there was a "Common" Teal at Tuckahoe, a Snowy Owl at Stone Harbor, and a Short-eared Owl at Brigantine.
• Andy Curtis: The Bald Eagle pair at Green Lane Reservoir have 2 chicks visible at the nest.
• Nikolas Haass: 2 "Common" Teal were at Brigantine displaying to two females, which were unidentifiable to subspecies.

Ornithological Studies
Frank Windfelder presented his big year push for Palmyra Cove Nature Park. In a stunningly unique scenario, Frank caught very little flak from the peanut gallery during his presentation.

Program
• 04/07: Bob Peck presented "The Father of Australian Ornithology: John Gould and His World". The history of his work, and it's connections to Philadelphia, made for a very interesting evening.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary