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May 5, 2005

Guest President Don Jones, once again substituted for ethereal Adrian Binns. I use the adjective "ethereal" because Adrian is gaseous and puts people to sleep. Don called the meeting to order at 7:35. 53 members and 4 guests attended. The minutes for April 21 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership: Anita Guris announced that Richard Conroy was our newest member. Three new candidates for membership, Rob Hynson, Francis Oates, and Ken Mitchell were announced. No boos, hisses, or tossed tomatoes appeared at this announcement, so assuming that we don't receive a mysterious FBI visit concerning one of them before the next meeting, they will be members shortly.

Newsletter: Naomi Murphy asked that articles for the next Larus be submitted by June 10. They can be e-mailed to her at ndmurphy@comcast.net.

Cassinia: Art McMorris announced that the latest issue was ALMOST at the printer. He hopes to complete the next issue within 12 months, which will put publication back on schedule. He's looking for articles and pictures, and particularly for short general notes. He probably even wants them to deal with birds, somehow.

Web Site: Bert Filemyr added 3 links to sites containing excellent Ivory-billed Woodpecker information, including the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the Nature Conservancy, and David Sibley's site. At Sibley's site, you can actually download a field guide page on the bird ... just in case!

NB4NB: Paul Guris again explained the program, and reported that the binoculars for Rancocas Nature Center had arrived. These will be presented to the center for use in their programs.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer announced the following upcoming field trips:
• Pocomoke May 6-8 with Colin Campbell.
• Ft. Washington State Park on May 8 with Bill Murphy.
• Hawkins Road and Brightview Farm on May 15 with Don Jones.
• Ridley Creek State Park on May 21 with Art McMorris.
• Carpenter's Woods on May 22 with Erica Brendell
• Piney Tract in western PA on June 24-26 with Rick Mellon.
Details on all of these trips can be found on DVOC's web site.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
• 05/19: Dr. Robert Curry from Villanova University will present "Conservation Ecology of Island-Endemics (the Mimids--Mockingbirds and their Allies)".
• 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.

• Art McMorris: A conservation bond issue is being voted on in the Pennsylvania primaries. Be sure to get out and support it.
• Anita Guris: Dee Ann Smith helped us sell 3 of the scopes for the New Bins for New Birders program. Thanks, Dee Ann!

Local Notes
• Bill Murphy: An adult male Summer Tanager, Cape May Warbler, and Hooded Warbler were all at Ft. Washington State Park.
• Frank Windfelder: The Palmyra Cove Nature Park big year list is now up to 151. Good birds in April included Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Red-throated Loon. On May 4, there were 5 Hooded Warblers seen.
• Chris Walters: A male Mandarin Duck is at Haverford College.
• Nikolas Haass: Six warbler species were found in west Philadelphia.
• Bob Horton: Summer Tanager was at Sandy Hook.
• Doris McGovern: Tinicum Refuge had 3 Worm-eating Warblers.
• Molly Daley: A Barred Owl was observed eating a snake on April 27 at White Clay Creek.
• Paul Guris: Wood Thrush and Ovenbird still had not arrived in Green Lane, an unusually late date.

Ornithological Studies
Connie Goldman presented Peregrine Falcon Head Patterns. She pointed out that there are general differences between the North American races of Peregrine Falcon, but they are not 100% separable. The mixture of races used during the reintroduction program further muddies sub-specific identification. Basically, she told any of you out there who claim to be able to ID every Peregrine to subspecies that you are full of, uh, IT.

Additional Presentation
Alan Brady read from a 1939 article about Jerome Kessler, who went for the "Big Three" at the time; California Condor, Trumpeter Swan, and Ivory-billed Woodpecker. He described seeing 4 Ivory-billeds, including 2 males, 1 female, and 1 juvenile at the nest site.

Dr. Aliza Baltz of the Philadelphia Zoo presented "Report on Zoo's Micronesian Kingfisher Success and Other Captive Breeding Bird Programs", which also included an extensive report on the Guam Rail captive breeding and reintroduction program. In addition, she was coerced into discussing what is happening with the current zoo restoration and the new bird exhibit.

The meeting adjourned at 10:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary