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Minutes of the DVOC
March 1, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 43 members and 3 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairperson Connie Goldman announced that Cindy Ahern and Ross Geredien have been accepted for membership.

Field Trips:

Field Trip Co-chairman Rob Hynson ran this part of the meeting.

Win Shafer reported on the February 17th - 19th field trip to Algonquin Park and Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada, led by Adrian Binns. At Amherst, the group enjoyed Long-eared, Short-eared and Great Horned Owls. Other spots produced Snowy and Hawk Owls. Algonquin had both Red and White-winged Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and Black-backed Woodpecker.

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

Saturday, March 10th - Geese and Gulls – Southern Bucks County, PA, led by Matt Sharp

Saturday, March 10th – Conowingo Dam and Muddy Run, PA, led by Tom Reeves

Sunday, March 11th – Mill Grove and the John James Audubon Center, led by Jeff Holt

Saturday, March 24th – Pedricktown and Mannington Marsh, Southwestern New Jersey, led by Frank Windfelder

Saturday, April 7th – Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Rail Trip, led by Steve Kacir

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

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentation:

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

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:

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

Thursday, April 5th – Book Auction
Thursday, April 19th - David La Puma, "Radar Ornithology"
Thursday, May 3rd – Blake Mathys, “Great Kiskadees in Bermuda and Trinidad”

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

Paul Guris will be co-leading three trips out of North Carolina, aboard the “Country Girl”. There is some great local birding at Alligator River, and also a spot for Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The dates are June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Paul will also be leading a “Searcher” pelagic trip out of San Diego, September 3rd to 7th, 2007. There will be side trips to the Salton Sea for the Yellow-footed Gull and Santa Cruz Island for the Island Scrub Jay.

On April 12th, Palmyra Cove Nature Park is hosting Robert DeCandido, PhD. He will speak on night hunting by Peregrine Falcons, the night migration of Osprey, and his 3-year study of night-time migration at the Empire State Building. The time is 7:00 PM, at a cost of $2.00 for non-members. Reservations can be made with Ed Sanderson at esanders@bcbridges.org.

Chris Walters mentioned that in the book “A World of Watchers”, by Joseph Kastner, DVOC is described as being “THE exclusive bird club”.

Paul Guris presented Keith Russell of East Park Reservoir with 15 pairs of binoculars, as part of our New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB) program.

Tony Croasdale is entering the “Bristleheads” team in the New Jersey World Series of Birding competition. He has obtained Kowa sponsorship. The proceeds will benefit a wildlife preserve in Borneo. He also suggested that we send a letter to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to protest the proposed placing of dredge spoils at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Paul Guris announced that he has brought in some more copies of “New Jersey Birding & Wildlife Trails: Delaware Bayshore”. They were available for free at the front of the auditorium.

Art McMorris, who monitors nesting Peregrine Falcons in Pennsylvania, had two requests. If you see any cliff-nesting birds, or birds using the Commodore Barry Bridge, please let him know.

There are three 6:00 PM trips at the John Heinz National Wildlife at Tinicum focusing on finding American Woodcocks. The dates are March 10th, 17th, and 25th. Doris McGovern is leading the first and the last of these.

Local Notes:

Colin Campbell reported an early Osprey in Delaware at Fleetwood Pond near Seaford.

Today, Frank Windfelder had a singing migrant Fox Sparrow in his garden in Northeast Philadelphia. Frank also had a half-dozen American Woodcock and a calling Ring-necked Pheasant in the Tinicum area.

Paul Guris’ See Life Paulagics Trip out of Lewes, Delaware on February 25th visited Delaware and Maryland waters. Common Murres, Razorbills, Northern Fulmars, Atlantic Puffins and over 4,000 Dovekies were seen.

Debbie Beer announced that there is now a pair of Bald Eagles nesting in Philadelphia, the first time this has happened in over 100 years.

Green Lane Reservoir in Montgomery County, PA has had a number of migrating waterbirds, including a Red-necked Grebe and three White-fronted Geese.

At Jakes Landing Road in Cape May County recently, Edie Parnum had “up close and personal” looks at three Short-eared Owls.

Ornithological Studies: Paul Guris gave an impromptu presentation entitled, “Results of February 2007 New York and Delaware Pelagics”, in which he outlined the amazing results of his winter pelagic trips out Freeport, NY and Lewes, DE. Paul has discovered that a “warm water break” in winter offshore waters is a great place to look for Dovekies, as evidenced by the many thousands his trips have recorded this winter.

Program: Wayne Laubscher’s slide program on "Grey Ghosts and Other Northern Owls" not only dealt with the owls, but also with the birds of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary