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March 17, 2005

Guest President Ron French once again filled in for Adrian "Witness Protection" Binns. As usual, the use of somebody who could speak English caused comprehension to skyrocket. Ron called the meeting to order at 7:40. 48 members and 5 guests attended. The minutes for Feb. 17 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership Committee: Connie Goldman announced that Scott McConnel and Lydia Reichner were accepted as new members, and that forms were available for guests wishing to join. With the past 2 years of success of the new member initiative, it makes you wonder if the committee's slogan is "join DVOC, or we'll smash your binoculars".

Larus: Naomi Murphy reported that the next edition should be out about mid-month. She asked for articles and other items for upcoming editions of the newsletter. The ensuing Q&A concerning the submission deadline was about as understandable as a United Nations debate with the translators turned off.

Cassinia: Art McMorris reported that issue #70 (2002-2003) was in the works and that he was currently accepting material for issue #71 (2004-2005).

Web Site: No report.

NB4NB: Paul Guris displayed one of the Bausch & Lomb scope and tripod combos being sold to raise money for this program. The cost is $600 ($650 if it needs to be shipped).

Conservation: No report.

Archives: No report.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer reported on the February 26 trip to southern Delaware. Highlights included 3 Common Eiders and Eurasian Wigeon.

Martin announced the following field trips:
• March 5 to Conowingo Dam and Muddy Run with Tom Reeves.
• March 5 for gulls in PA and NJ with Matt Sharp.
• March 13 to Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island with Chris Walters, along with the kids from the Upper Mainline YMCA. The thought of these young and impressionable minds being molded by DVOC is probably borderline child abuse.
• May 6-8 Pocomoke trip with Colin Campbell. If interested, send an e-mail to both Colin (away in the sub-Antarctic until just before the trip) and Martin.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
• 03/17: Martin Selzer and Jane Henderson will present "A Birding Adventure in the Yukon Territory"
• 04/07: Bob Peck will present "The Father of Australian Ornithology: John Gould and His World". There will also be a special preview of the Academy library at 6:30 for anybody interested.
• 04/21: We will attempt a lightning fast 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.

Announcements
• Anita Guris: Announced there was one space available on the March 6 Cape May pelagic.
• Paul Guris: WSB shirts were available with our embroidered Lagerhead Shrike logo. The cost is $30 and the profit goes to the WSB fund.

Local Notes
• Paul Guris: The February 26 pelagic out of Lewes, DE had 581 Dovekies, 7 Common Murres, 120+ Razorbills, 130+ Fulmars, 4 Puffins, and 6 Black-legged Kittiwakes. The February 27 inshore pelagic out of Lewes found 20+ Razorbills, thousands of scoters including 160+ White-wingeds, one Common Eider, and one Harlequin Duck.
• Bert Filemyr: Reported a Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Lake Tackanasee.
• Joanne Raine: The New England trip had Monday get snowed out, but highlights included a male King Eider about 100' away in Rockport, and 20-30 Iceland Gulls in Gloucester.

Ornithological Studies
Art McMorris presented "Owl Feet and Hunting Methods", describing the correlation between the size of the feet on northern owls and they way they pursue their prey.

Program
Carolee Caffrey present "Effects of West Nile Virus on Crows and Other Wildlife", specifically discussing the impact on American Crows as well as other wildlife. Her fascination with and enthusiasm about the social life of crows came shining through in her presentation.


The meeting adjourned at 9:35.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary