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April 19, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM. In attendance were 40 members and 8 guests.

Conservation: Chairperson Debbie Beer sadly commented that the previously reported Bald Eagle nest in Philadelphia has failed. The nest will still be considered active for 5 years by the US fish & Wildlife Service. However, all of that could change on June 29th if the Bald Eagle is de-listed as an endangered species.

Judy Stepanoskie mentioned that the American Bird Conservancy is opposed to the current plans by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the lighting of tall buildings. The FCC is soliciting comments on the matter until April 23rd.

Field Trips:

Field trip co-chair Rob Hynson ran this part of the meeting.

Frank Windfelder reported on the Saturday, April 14th trip to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, led by Denis Brennan. Highlights were Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and numbers of Pine and Palm Warblers.

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

Saturday, April 21st – Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Rail Trip, Delaware, led by Steve Kacir

Saturday, April 21st – Brigantine NWR (Forsythe Division), led by Andy Smith

Sunday, April 22nd – Riverwinds and National Park dredge spoils, NJ, led by Jeff Holt

Saturday, April 28th – Photography trip to Belleplaine State Forest in Cape May County, NJ, led by Steve Kacir

Sunday, April 29th – Audubon’s Original Artwork (NY Historical Society) and Central Park, led by Bob Horton and Bob Krinsky

Sunday, April 29th – Glassboro Woods, NJ, led by Sandra Keller

Friday to Sunday, May 11th to 13th, Birding Southern Delaware and into Maryland, led by Colin Campbell

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentation:

Thursday, May 3rd – Raja Stevenson, “What’s in a Name?”

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:
Thursday, May 3rd – Blake Mathys, “Great Kiskadees in Bermuda and Trinidad”
Thursday, May 17th - Eric Stiles - "Shorebird Conservation on the Delaware Bay: Glass Half Full or Broken?"
Thursday, June 7th – May Run Reports
Thursday, October 18th - Jeff Wells, "Three Secrets about Bird Conservation They Don't Want You to Know"
Wednesday, December 5th – Annual Banquet - Don Kroodsma, “The Singing Life of Birds”

President Chris Walters distributed copies of the PennsylAvian Monitor for Spring, 2007, a publication of the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas project.

Chris also mentioned that club member Fran Hovey had a serious accident, and had undergone surgery today.

The latest edition of Larus Online is now available at www.dvoc.org.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Bird Quest will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The event is sponsored by the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Leaders from See Life Paulagics will be lending a hand on trips from Manteo, NC on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2007. Al Driscoll mentioned that there are still spaces available. Trips are planned on August 18th and 19th as well. For more information, you can contact Mary Gustafson at live4birds@aol.com. To sign up, contact Capt. Allan Foreman at 252-473-5577.

Suggestions can be provided for local land birding in North Carolina. Some of the birds of interest nearby include Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Swainson's Warbler and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Alligator River NWR has an incredible concentration of Prothonotary Warblers, and is a great place to see Black Bear, Bobcat, and the reintroduced Red Wolf.

See Life Paulagics is also running trips out of Portland, ME on July 14th and August 19th, and August 11th out of Lewes, DE. Go to www.paulagics.com .

Paul Guris will also be a leader on the multi-day pelagic out of San Diego, CA on September 3-7. To see the results from past years, go to the Searcher's web site at: http://bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.asp . For more information or to make a reservation, contact Celia Condit of the Searcher atsearcher@bajawhale.com or call 619-226-2403, and make sure you tell her See Life Paulagics referred you. You can also feel free to contact Paul about the trips he's done in the past.

Local Notes:

Frank Windfelder reported that there have been large numbers of migrating Pine Warblers in Philadelphia recently.

Recently, Anita Guris saw the Lazuli Bunting that has been in Montgomery County, PA.

The Ruff that has been at Raccoon Creek in Gloucester County, NJ was seen again today.

Also today, there was an American Oystercatcher at Lake Nockamixon, Pennsylvania.

Mick Jeitner reported a Red-tailed Hawk nesting with a Red-shouldered Hawk at Silver Lake Nature Center in Bucks County, PA.

David La Puma reported an odd mix of birds has been seen recently at Sandy Hook, NJ, including a Swainson’s Warbler and a Sandwich Tern.

Not So Local Notes: Debbie Beer recently saw the Western Spindalis that has been in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Ornithological Studies: Art McMorris spoke about, “Eavesdropping on Alarm Calls”. Did you know that chickadees give different alarm calls based upon whether a predator is perched or flying?

Program: David La Puma explained how Radar Ornithology" can help us to find migrants. Go to www.woodcreeper.com .

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary