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Minutes of the DVOC
January 18, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 45 members and 4 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairperson Connie Goldman announced that Nancy Keeler, John Tramontano, and Martin Dellwo have been accepted as members.

Conservation: Chairperson Debbie Beer spoke about the TreeVitalize program, run by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). TreeVitalize seeks to restore tree cover to our five county area in southeastern Pennsylvania. A total of $5.2 million in public and private dollars has been committed to the effort since it was initiated in 2003. The program is on-track to achieve its goals of planting 20,000 shade trees, restoring 1,000 acres of forests along streams and water protection areas, and training 2,000 citizens to plant and care for trees. Go to www.treevitalize.net for details.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Naomi Murphy gave an overview of the annual “DVOC Financial Statement”. Hard copies of the report were made available. She reminded us that Life Membership money goes directly into the Endowment Fund, earnings from which are used to defray the club’s annual operating expenses. Life Membership is $375.00, payable in three installments.

Report of the Trustees, Endowment Fund: Chris Walters made the report on behalf of fellow trustees Paul Guris and Hart Rufe. The fund now has approximately $140,000 in its coffers. Total earnings for 2006 exceeded $10,000.00. Capital Gains distributions were re-invested, and Chris presented Treasurer Naomi Murphy with a check for $4,137.84, to fund ongoing operations. Hard copies of the report were made available.

Field Trips:

Committee member Rob Hynson subbed for Chairman Adrian Binns.

Paul Guris reported on the Friday, January 5th Pelagic Christmas Count out of Belmar, NJ. Seven Dovekies were seen within 20 miles of the coast.

The Philadelphia Midwinter Census, coordinated by Keith Russell and held on Saturday, January 6th, had 99 species as of the latest count, including four new ones: White-winged Scoter, Painted Bunting, Indigo Bunting, and Yellow Warbler.

Chris Walters reported on the January 13th-15th Long Island trip, co-led by Erica Brendel. Highlights included four new species for this long-running annual affair: (Western) Willet, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Kingbird and Eastern Towhee.

Leader Matt Sharp reported on the Saturday, January 13th trip to Bucks County for geese and gulls. Highlights were a California Gull and 4 Iceland Gulls.

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

Sunday, January 21st – Barnegat Light, NJ for new members, led by Chris Walters

Saturday, January 27th – Cape May, NJ, led by Martin Selzer

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

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

Upcoming Programs:

Thursday, February 1st - Andy Smith, "Birds and Other Wildlife of the Pantanal"

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

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

Announcements:

Bert Filemyr distributed the 2007 DVOC Directory to those present. The remainder will be mailed.

Paul Guris announced a few upcoming pelagic trips for See Life Paulagics. There are trips scheduled from Freeport, NY on February 10th, Belmar, NJ on February 11th, and Lewes DE on February 24th. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

There is a new magazine called “Neotropical Birding”, a publication of the Neotropical Bird Club. If interested, go to www.neotropicalbirdclub.org for details.

Bert Filemyr announced that Frank Windfelder’s Philadelphia Big Year is being tracked on the website. Go to www.dvoc.org for details.

Local Notes:

Anita Guris boasted that “her” Carolina Wren was singing today.

Martin Dellwo reported seeing an Accipiter species in Philadalphia.

Dino Fiobane mentioned that there is a Band-tailed Pigeon at a West Cape May, NJ feeder. Some other good birds in the Cape May County area include Vesper Sparrow, White-fronted Goose, and Redhead, along with several Short-eared Owls at Jake’s Landing Road.

Today, a Long-billed Murrelet has been found at Sandy Hook, NJ.

Ornithological Studies: Tim Schaeffer, Director of Pennsylvania Audubon, gave us a progress report on the East Park Reservoir Project. Keith Russell is working with schools in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia.

Main Program: Jeff Gordon had the audience spellbound with his presentation entitled, "The 10 Greatest Birds of the Last 30 Years".

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary