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April 6, 2006

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order. In attendance were 62 members and 5 guests.

Committee Reports:
Conservation: Debbie Beer reiterated that the proceeds of our 2006 World Series of Birding fundraiser will go to the Montgomery County Lands Trust (MCLT) to help save the previously mentioned Heron Rookery. Chris Walters visited the heronry recently.
Members can pledge so many cents per bird, based upon the results of our DVOC-Nikon team, or a fixed dollar amount. A Pledge Form was provided in the Attendance Booklet. Pledges can also be made through www.dvoc.org as well. Click on “World Series of Birding” on the left, then”2006 Pledge Form”.
Membership: Connie Goldman has provided a brochure and a membership application. These can be distributed by field trip leaders and other members in order to encourage people to join DVOC. They are available at the front desk, before and after meetings.
Field Trips:

Details of the following upcoming trips are listed at www.dvoc.org:

John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, Sunday, April 9th, led by Denis Brennan. Debbie Beer mentioned that there is an active Great Horned Owl nest that will be visited on this trip.

Riverwinds and the National Park Dredge Spoils, Sunday, April 23rd, led by Jeff Holt and Chris Walters.

Fort Washington State Park, Sunday, May 7th, led by Bill Murphy

Hawkins Rd. & Brightview Farm, Sunday, May 14th, led by Don Jones

Birding S. Delaware and into Maryland, Friday-Sunday, May 12th-14th, led by Colin Campbell

Carpenter’s Woods, Sunday, May 21st, led by Erica Brendel

Westminster Cemetery in West Laurel Hill, Sunday, May 21st, led by Gregg Gorton

Western Pennsylvania Grasslands, Friday-Sunday, June 23rd-25th.

Upcoming Programs:

Details of the following upcoming programs are listed at www.dvoc.org:

Thursday, April 20th – Yoav Chudnoff – “Birding in Bulgaria”

Thursday, May 4th – George Armistead – “Real Birds Eat Squid (Sub-Antarctic Island off New Zealand and Australia)”

Thursday, May 18th – Dr. Daniel Cristol – “Mercury Buildup Studies of Belted Kingfisher, Tree Swallow, and Screech Owl Populations”

Thursday, June 1st - Big Day Reports

Chris Walters alluded to an article by Sandy Bauers, which appeared in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, dealing with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. On Saturday, April 8th, the Wagner Free Institute of Science will be hosting Tim Gallagher, who will be making a presentation entitled, "Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker". There are 500 seats available for this lecture. Wagner is not affiliated with DVOC.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park is holding a Bird Quest on Saturday, May 6th. This is a competitive team event. Go to www.palmyracove.org for information, or contact Terri Zinn at 856-829-1900 X 262, or email her at tzinn@bcbridges.org.

Chris Walters announced that the spring, 2006 issue of the “Pennsylvania Avian Monitor” is out. This publication updates activities in the ongoing Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas.

Wendy Lenhart from the Philadelphia Zoo spoke to us. She is the Conservation Chair for a program at the zoo called the ”Junior Zoo Apprentice Program (JZAP)”. This program provides young people from low-income communities with expanded career opportunities and introduces them to the world of wildlife conservation and education.

Project Feeder Watch at the zoo begins in July. Paul Guris is looking into ways to provide the participating youngsters with Nikon Binoculars at discount prices. Wendy needs volunteers! Contact her at lenhart.wendy@phillyzoo.org.

Chris Walters announced that Adrian Binns is working on a photography field trip to the zoo.

Local Notes:

Scott Fraser reported a Whip-poor-will near Evansville State Park in Montgomery County, and a Purple Finch at his feeder, both within the past few days.

Paul Lehman reported a Sandhill Crane flyover recently at Cape May Point.

Frank Windfelder reported a late Black-capped Chickadee at his feeder today in Northeast Philadelphia.

On March 18th, Nikolas Haass saw an adult and immature Black Brant at South Amboy, NJ. He also saw the previously reported Lark Sparrow near Supawna Meadows NWR on March 25th.

Paul Guris continues to host about a dozen Purple Finches at his feeder in Green Lane, Pa.

Up until about a week ago, Rick Mellon had both a Pine Siskin and a Red-breasted Nuthatch at his feeder. A Red-shouldered Hawk wintered near his property. He also reported numbers of calling American Pipits in Lancaster County.

Chris Walters reported a pair of red-phase Eastern Screech-Owls. They are roosting in English Ivy at Haverford College.

Jane Henderson reported that a pair of Red-tailed Hawks may be nesting in the vicinity of 19th.and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

On March 25th, Alan Brady saw 300 Lesser Black-backed, 1 Iceland, 1 California, and 1 Thayer’s Gull at Nockamixon State Park.

There was a report of a breeding-plumaged Yellow-billed Loon from Blue Marsh near Reading, Pa, seen yesterday and today.

Not So Local Notes: Colin Campbell recounted a story passed on to him from Adrian Binns. A Gray Squirrel at a feeder in Colorado repeatedly attacked a Cooper’s Hawk and chased it away. Adrian, a biblical scholar, called this, “David vs. Goliath”.

Ornithological Studies: Bert Filemyr gave an intriguing presentation entitled, “Total Ticks, What and Why”. It turns out that “total tick” represents the sum obtained by adding up the numbers in all your state and provincial lists. According to ABA, Paul Lehman is the runaway leader in this category.

Main Program: Paul Lehman gave a slide presentation entitled, “Migrant & Vagrant Traps of North America”. We should look for isolated attractive habitats surrounded by inhospitable habitats. Paul proved once again what a great speaker he is.

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary