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November 2, 2006

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order. In attendance were 30 members and 2 guests.

Committee Reports:

Membership: Chairperson Connie Goldman mentioned that there is a new applicant for admission to the club, whose name will be submitted to council. She told us that tonight would be your last chance to sit at the guest speaker’s table during our Annual Banquet, by placing your name in the box provided. Later, the raffle was held, and Dave and Trish Long were the lucky winners.

Field Trips:

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

Saturday, November 4th – Philadelphia Zoo, led by Wendy Lenhart.

Saturday, November 4th – Bake Oven Knob, led by Frank Windfelder and Bill Murphy

Saturday, November 11th – Saw-whet Owl banding at Hidden Valley, PA, led by Scott Weidensaul

Saturday, November 18th – Gulls, led by Matt Sharp

November 24th - 26th (Friday-Sunday) – Niagara Falls Gull and Waterfowl Extravaganza, Ontario, Canada – let Field Trip Chairman Adrian Binns know if you’re interested

January 13th-15th (Saturday thru Monday) - Montauk & Long Island, led by Erica Brendel and Chris Walters – let them know if interested

May, 2007 – Arizona (tentative 4 or 5 day trip) – see Adrian if interested

N. B. As many as 50 field trips have been scheduled for 2007, a tribute to Adrian’s fine efforts

Upcoming Programs:

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

Thursday, November 16th – Annual Banquet – Co-chairperson Bernice Koplin invited us to attend, and hear Pete Dunne speak about "20 Things That Have Changed Birding". The staff from CMBO will be there to sell Pete’s books, and you can get his autograph. Bernice will even arrange to seat your group of friends together, if you let her know in advance. There will be balloons, fancy tablecloths, and even a visit from “Samuel Adams”.

Thursday, December 7th - Mary Gustafson - "Vagrant Hummingbirds in Eastern North America"

Thursday, December 21st – Scott Weidensaul - "Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul"

Announcements:

Yoav Chudnoff and JoAnn Raine spoke about an upcoming trip to Bulgaria, June 8th-18th, 2007. Contact JoAnn, or go to http://www.villaphiladelphia.com/birding.htm ,if interested.

Jane Henderson noted that Wyncote Audubon’s Annual Dinner will be held at Williamson’s Restaurant on November 12th. For more information, go to http://www.wyncoteaudubon.org/main.htm .

Paul Guris announced that he is running three December pelagic trips. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

Paul also mentioned that there is a Pennsylvania Trails Project in the works. They are looking for locations to add. If interested in helping out, contact him.

Chris Walters added that there may be a Spring Birdathon in Southeastern Pennsylvania, involving youth groups.

Local Notes:

Paul Guris reported that his pelagic trip out of Lewes, Delaware on October 21st produced a probable 2nd North American record of Cape Verde Shearwater.

Last weekend, Matt Sharp observed 500 Tree and Rough-winged Swallows at the Northeast Water Treatment Plant in Philadelphia.

Rick Mellon recently saw a Lark Sparrow in Montgomery County. Adrian added that there has been a Lark Sparrow in Buckingham, Bucks County, Pa, for the past 10 days.

Ornithological Studies: Nikolas Haass introduced Rob Hynson, who enlightened us about “Vagrants in Britain”. Apparently, caterpillars in Great Britain are poisonous to vagrant Yellow-billed Cuckoos from our side of the big pond.

Main Program: Rafael Galvez, in his presentation on "Hawks and Owls of Georgia", showed us an intriguing mixture of video, watercolors & photos. Thirty-seven species of raptors pass thru Batumi on their southbound migration, but sadly many birds are killed in the pursuit of local falconry customs.

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary