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February 1, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 40 members and 6 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairperson Connie Goldman announced that Cindy Ahern is applying for membership. Cindy is looking for 5th to 9th grade students to bird with her sons on two Youth World Series of Birding Teams in May. Contact Connie or Chris Walters if you know of someone.

Conservation: Frank Windfelder, pinch-hitting for Chairperson Debbie Beer, spoke about a plan to dredge the Delaware River beginning in the summer. This would entail tearing up 70acres of upland forests and wetlands at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, and dumping the river sediment there. Frank read part of a cover letter from the staff at Palmyra, in opposition to the plan. A petition was circulated and our members were urged to sign it. Linda Rowan mentioned that sediment was also to be dumped on Burlington Island.

Field Trips: Co-chairman Bob Horton ran this segment of the meeting. Bob called for volunteers to lead the Brigantine trip on April 21st.

Chris Walters’ Sunday, January 21st trip to Barnegat Light, NJ for new members produced many Harlequin Ducks and Common Eiders.

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

Saturday, February 10th – Delaware City, Delaware, led by Colin Campbell

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 presentation:

Thursday, February 15th – Paul Guris, “New Pelagic Boundaries in New Jersey”

Upcoming Programs:

Thursday, February 15th - Dan Mummert, "Conservation of Barn Owls in Pennsylvania"

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

Wednesday, December 5th – Annual Banquet – Don Kroodsma, author of “The Singing Life of Birds”, will be the speaker

Announcements:

Don Jones announced a DVOC field trip to Southern California, April 25th to May 6th. If interested, contact Don, Tom Bailey or Al Driscoll.

Paul Guris can obtain copies of Scott Weidensaul’s books, “Living on the Wind”, “Return to Wild America”, and “Ghost on Trembling Wings”. The cost is $16.96 each, including tax. See Paul if you wish to place an order.

Paul also mentioned three upcoming pelagic trips that he is running, February 10th out of Freeport, NY, February 24th out of Lewes, DE, & March 18th out of Cape May. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

Paul continued with news that the boat named the “Country Girl”, out of North Carolina, will running its own pelagic trips this year, June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, and August 18th & 19th. Paul and Mary Gustafson will be co-leading.

Paul will be leading a “Searcher” pelagic trip out of San Diego, September 3rd to 7th, 2007. The cost is $950.00.

Tony Crosdale will be entering a team in the New Jersey World Series of Birding this May. He and teammates Andy Bernick and Mike McGraw will be using a fuel-efficient Mercedes E300. The proceeds from pledges will go to a conservation group in Borneo.

An article in New Jersey Audubon’s Spring, 2007 “Center Focus” thanks the DVOC for donating 10 pairs of Nikon binoculars to the Rancocas Nature Center. Paul Guris is the chairperson of this program, called “New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB)”.

Art McMorris noted that ”Consumer Reports” has mentioned “learn to identify birds” as one of the ways to stave off Alzheimer’s Disease.

Chris Walters announced that the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) has asked DVOC to take some responsibilities for their 2009 Convention. We would mainly be running field trips in our local area.

Local Notes:

Bert Filemyr visited Manasquan reservoir in New Jersey on Tuesday, January 30th, where he saw an amazing 3000 Common Mergansers.

Brad Whitman and his wife are enjoying two Carolina Wrens that are roosting in a box near his home in Wynnewood, PA.

Ornithological Studies: Colin Campbell’s talk was entitled, The Isle of May ... or maybe not”, which detailed his trip last October. The Isle of May is in the North Sea. They have an extensive banding operation there. Did you know that the Dunnock is also known as the Hedge Accentor?

Main Program: Andy Smith’s program, "Birds and Other Wildlife of the Pantanal", was a visual treat. The Pantanal is in the southwestern corner of Brazil. We enjoyed his awesome photographs of the many colorful birds of the region.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary