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May 19, 2005

Guest President Colin Campbell once again lent the club his funny accent as a substitute for the out of town funny accent of Adrian Binns. Colin called the meeting to order at 7:40. 41 members and 5 guests attended. The minutes for May 5 were approved as amended.

Committee Reports
Membership: Anita Guris announced Rob Hynson, Francis Oates, and Ken Mitchell were our newest members. Samuel Perloff, Sean Cass, Eileen Krause, and Tim and Reiney Harley are our newest membership candidates.

Larus: Colin Campbell reminded people that the deadline for articles for the next Larus is June 10. Please e-mail any material to Naomi Murphy at ndmurphy@comcast.net.

Cassinia: Art McMorris announced that the latest issue is still almost at the printer.

Web Site: Bert Filemyr showed what the biography pages look like on the site, and asked people to supply pictures of themselves along with their own short biographies. He also showed the "What' That?" feature and asked for any photos that might fit in well.

NB4NB: All scopes have now been sold, and we need to arrange to turn the binoculars over to our first recipient, the Rancocas Nature Center.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer announced the following upcoming field trips:
• Ridley Creek State Park on May 21 with Art McMorris, who gave details on how to get there.
• Carpenter's Woods on May 22 with Erica Brendell, who gave details on the meeting place.
• Lakehurst Naval Air Station on June 9 for grassland birds with JoAnn Raine. You must pre-register for this trip.
• Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust on June 18 with JoAnn Raine.
• Piney Tract in western PA on June 24-26 with Rick Mellon and Chris Walters.
Details on all of these trips can be found on DVOC's web site.

Martin Selzer presided over the following field trip reports:
• Colin Campbell reported on the May 6-8 Pocomoke trip. Highlights were food, food, food, and 145 species of birds.
• Don Jones reported on the May 15 Hawkins Rd. / Brightview Farm trip. Most targets were found but Kentucky Warbler and Grasshopper Sparrow were missed. A big highlight was a Sandhill Crane found due to a note left on Don's windshield.
Detailed trip reports for these and other prior field trips can be found on the web site.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
• 06/02: Clem Fisher, on a visit here from Great Britain, will present "Australian Birds in Philadelphia and Other Unexpected Places: A Tribute to John Gould's Assistant, John Gilbert". May round-up reports will also be made at this meeting. Please send Chris your big day results.

• Paul Guris: Space is available on the June 4 pelagic out of Lewes, DE.
• Colin Campbell: Nine bands were read from Lesser Snow Geese and Ross's Geese at Bosque del Apache during DVOC's trip to the region. The return records from the Bird Banding Lab showed that all birds come from Johnson Point and Simpson River in the Northwest Territories.

Local Notes
• Nikolas Haass: Two Canada Warblers and a Hairy Woodpecker were on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
• Frank Windfelder: The Palmyra big year is up to 176 species. Highlights were Mourning Warbler on 5/14, Wilson's Warbler on 5/15, and 28 species of warbler total. Frank's personal total so far is 165 species.
• Chuck Hetzel: A Yellow-throated Warbler was in Roxborough, Philadelphia.
• Jeff Holt: The pair of Gadwalls at the Riverwinds pond in Gloucester County appears to have bred successfully.

Ornithological Studies
Bert Filemyr and Paul Guris presented the details of their winning World Series of Birding big day, including route, strategy, scouting, etc.

Dr. Robert Curry from Villanova University presented "Conservation Ecology of Island-Endemics (the Mimids--Mockingbirds and their Allies)". He focused on several species in particular, finishing with a his obvious "holy grail", the Cozumel Thrasher.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary