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March 3, 2005

Guest President Don Jones once again ascended the DVOC throne to fill in for Adrian "Where's Waldo?" Binns. Fortunately the microphone was off when he asked the secretary, "it's been so long, what the <blank> am I supposed to do?". Don called the meeting to order at 7:35. 46 members and 2 guests attended. The minutes for March 3 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership Committee: Anita Guris announced that Lydia Reichner has become DVOC's newest lifetime member.

Larus: Naomi Murphy reported that the latest edition is now available online, and that people should note that the online version has 22 pages of expanded content. Submission deadlines for Larus are the 10th day of March, June, September, and December.

Cassinia: No report.

Web Site: No report.

NB4NB: Paul Guris noted that one of the Bausch & Lomb scope and tripod combos was available to be seen. The cost is $600. Two have already been sold.

Conservation: No report.

Archives: No report.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer reported on the March 13 trip to Barnegat with the youth group from the Upper Mainline YMCA. Highlights included Harlequin Ducks, Long-tailed Ducks, and other expected winter waterfowl, plus 2 Short-eared Owls at Brigantine.

Martin announced the following field trips:
• March 19 to Cherry Island Landfill, DE with Mike Smith and DOS.
• April 2 to Pedricktown with Frank Windfelder. Previous results and details are available on the web site.
• 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:
• 04/07: 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.
• 05/05: Dr. Aliza Baltz of the Philadelphia Zoo will present "Report on Zoo's Micronesian Kingfisher Success and Other Captive Breeding Bird Programs".

Announcements
• Anita Guris: WSB pledge sheets are in the signup book.
• Anita Guris: This year's DVOC beerfest, uh, picnic is at the Guris home on July 23rd.
• Anita Guris: There are spaces available on the upcoming April 16 Lewes and April 23 Belmar pelagics.
• Connie Goldman: Is looking to participate on a Big Day with somebody if they are willing to have her. Her stellar qualifications were summed up in one sentence. "I don't totally suck at finding birds and usually remember my binoculars."
• Jeff Holt: Announced that the New York Historical Society was showing 40 of Audubon's original watercolors.

Local Notes
• Frank Windfelder: Gave a Palmyra update. 82 species have been seen so far, and Tree Swallow and Phoebe have recently arrived. Frank also described, in somewhat a fuzzy and mildly disturbing manner, how he entered into a mating ritual with a Horned Grebe there. Classic DVOC pandemonium ensued, which Frank seems to be able to ignite so effortlessly.
• Don Jones: Sunday night he had Barred Owl and 2 Saw-whets in Wharton State Forest.
• Nikolas Haass: Pine Warbler in West Philadelphia.
• Linda Rowan: Many Bald Eagles are in the Bristol area, including 2-3 immatures at Silver Lake and several along the Delaware River. Two Peregrines are once again setting up shop on the Turnpike bridge.
• JoAnn Raine: Middle Creek has an official estimate of 125,000 Tundra Swans, 200,000 Snow Geese, plus Rough-legged Hawk, Fox Sparrows, Meadowlarks, and a Cackling Goose.

Ornithological Studies
Nikolas Haass present "Identification of Dark-backed Gulls", showing us once again just how much gulls can really suck.

Program
Martin Selzer and Jane Henderson presented "A Birding Adventure in the Yukon Territory" which chronicled their trip to that region.


The meeting adjourned at 9:15.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary