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February 15, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 40 members and 5 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairperson Connie Goldman announced that Ross Geredien has applied for membership.

Larus Online: Editor Naomi Murphy announced that March 10th is the deadline for submission of articles for the next issue of Larus Online. In particular, she is looking for someone to write an ID article for the issue.

Field Trips: Committee member Bob Horton ran this part of the meeting.

Win Shafer participated in Colin Campbell’s February 10th field trip to Delaware City, Delaware, but reported that nothing unusual was seen, due to the frozen condition of the water bodies. After the trip officially ended, Win saw a rufous-phase Eastern Screech-Owl at Bombay Hook.

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

February 17th - 19th (Saturday- Monday) - Algonquin Park and Amherst island, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, February 24th - Geese and Gulls, Southern Bucks County, PA, led by Matt Sharp

Saturday, February 24th - Indian River Inlet and North, Delaware, led by Martin Selzer

Sunday, February 25th – Mill Grove and the John James Audubon Center, led by Jeff Holt

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentations:

Thursday, March 1st – Matt Sharp, “Winter Territoriality in Songbirds”

Thursday, March 15th – Steve Kacir, “Poisonous Birds”

Upcoming Programs:

Program Director Paul Guris announced the following upcoming presentations:

Thursday, March 1st - Wayne Laubscher, "Grey Ghosts and Other Northern Owls"

Thursday, March 15th - Mark Garland, "Tropical Birds Do the Coolest Things"

Thursday, April 5th – Book Auction

Announcements:

Chris Walters mentioned that the usual DVOC June trip to the grasslands in Western Pennsylvania is up in the air. Leader Rick Mellon is not available this year. Contact Chris if you are interested in participating. A decision will be made later as to whether the trip will be a go.

Chris also mentioned that the DVOC Annual Banquet will be held on Wednesday, December 5th. Don Kroodsma is the speaker.

Bob Mercer spoke about the Book Auction on April 5th. The list of books available is listed on the website. If you want a particular item, you can place a bid there. The highest website bid will be the starting bid at the Book Auction. Refreshments will be served!

Treasurer Naomi Murphy reminded us that “dues are due”. For 2007, the dues are $25.00, or you can elect to become a life member, payable in three annual installments of $125.00. Life Membership funds are placed in the Endowment Fund, the proceeds of which are used to defray the annual expenses of the club.

Paul Guris spoke about three upcoming pelagic trips that he is running, February 24th out of Lewes, DE, March 18th out of Cape May, and April 7th out of Lewes, DE. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

Paul and Mary Gustafson will be co-leading three trips out of North Carolina, aboard the “Country Girl”. The dates are June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The cost is $120.00, but groups of 10 or more will pay only $100.00 each. Two additional trips are scheduled for August 18th and 19th. Paul will also be leading a “Searcher” pelagic trip out of San Diego, September 3rd to 7th, 2007. The cost is $950.00.

Bert Filemyr, speaking on behalf of Don Jones, announced that there are now three people going on the DVOC field trip to Southern California, April 25th to May 6th. If interested, contact Don, Tom Bailey or Al Driscoll. A fourth participant for Don’s vehicle is needed. Others who sign up are welcome to tag along.

Naomi Murphy’s photographs have been posted at www.naomimurphy.net .

The half-day Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Birdathon, sponsored by the Upper Main Line YMCA, will be held on April 28th. DVOC has promised to make up a checklist for the event, and is offering a one year membership to the winners.

The Lower Merion Conservancy is sponsoring a lecture by Larry Niles entitled, “The Red Knot: The Inside Story on Saving a Species “. The event will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 7:45 PM, Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Road, Gladwyne. Go to www.lmconservancy.org for details.

Local Notes:

Connie Goldman spoke about a trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada from February 5th to the 9th, with Bert Filemyr and company. Algonquin held Red and White-winged Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and a Black-backed Woodpecker. On the trip, Connie saw her first “real” Gray Partridges, not just a bird with its head sticking its head out of the snow that she witnessed on a previous trip.

On Paul Guris’ Saturday, February 10th pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY, over 9,000 Dovekies were sighted, along with seven well-photographed Common Murres.

On Sunday, February 11th, Linda Rowan and Mick Jeitner were watching the shoreline at Lilly Lake in Cape May Point, NJ, when a close Virginia Rail walked right out in the open. Subsequently, a Wilson’s Snipe flew into the same area.

On Monday, February 12th, Bill Murphy was surprised to see a single Red Knot on the jetty at Barnegat Light, NJ.

On Tuesday, February 13th, Bert Filemyr saw the Northern Shrike that has been at Prime Hook NWR in Delaware. On the way back, he saw a flock of 1,000 Horned Larks at Cartanza Road near Little Creek, Delaware.

Ornithological Studies: Paul Guris’ topic was “New Pelagic Boundaries”, in which he delineated the boundaries for the purpose of reporting New Jersey Records. There are three other methods that have been used by various record keepers, the “Buckley Lines”, the “nearest point of land system”, and the “due east-west system”, the latter being used for listing purposes by the American Birding Association.

Program: Main speaker Dan Mummert enlightened us on the "Conservation of Barn Owls in Pennsylvania". He outlined the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Barn Owl program, including information on the distribution and habitat requirements of the species. He also spoke about nest boxes and banding.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary