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Minutes of the DVOC
May 3, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 26 members.

Conservation: Chairwoman Debbie Beer announced that the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is kicking off a “Celebrate Urban Birds” event on May 10-13. This continent-wide event brings attention to urban greening and birds in the city, encouraging urbanites to learn more about city birds, and at the same time provide fuel for scientific studies about how birds use urban habitats.
People of all ages and backgrounds can participate, independently or with the many local organizations staging events in conjunction with the celebration, including schools, public gardens, nature centers, museums, and parks. People should sign-up for the free weekend project at www.urbanbirds.org/celebration, and download the Celebration kit in English and Spanish, or ask to receive one by mail.
The kit includes data forms for reporting the species seen, a colorful urban birds poster, educational materials about birds and urban greening, and a packet of sunflower seeds to plant in pots and gardens. Participants watch city birds for 10 minutes and check off 15 target species of birds. The information is then sent to scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by mail or online.
Frank Windfelder brought up the following items: The Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC), which is implementing the building of a trail along the Delaware River, has established a Nonprofit Network. Frank attended a meeting on May 1st, in which much information was provided about the plans for the trail.

Also, the staff at Palmyra Cove received word on Friday that Commissioner of NJDEP Lisa Jackson is ready to cave in to the demands of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corp has been pushing her to prepare Palmyra Cove as a site for dredge deposits.

Members may email Lisa Jackson and Rob Andrews (House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District of NJ) stating your position on the use of Palmyra Cove Nature Park for a 70-acre dredge sediment basin. These two individuals are being targeted because Lisa Jackson has the final decision on the location of the dredge sediment basin and Rob Andrews may be able to pressure the Army Corps of Engineers to seek
alternative sites. Email is the fastest way to get the greatest response.

Contact Lisa Jackson at lisa.jackson@dep.state.nj.us .

To contact Rob Andrews, Google “Rob Andrews NJHouse”, go to the site, and
click on "Email Rob". Complete the information and submit your email.


Field Trips:

Co-chair Rob Hynson ran this part of the meeting.

Steve Kacir gave the report on the Saturday, April 21st trip to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Delaware. Highlights included King Rail, Virginia Rail, Sora and Common Moorhen.

Northern Bobwhite was a highlight on the Sunday, April 22nd trip to Riverwinds and the National Park dredge spoils, NJ, led by Jeff Holt

The Saturday, April 28th photography trip to Belleplaine State Forest in Cape May County, NJ, led by Steve Kacir, produced 90 species, including Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers.

Bob Horton and Bob Krinsky led the Sunday, April 29th trip to view Audubon’s Original Artwork at the NY Historical Society and to bird in Central Park. There was an Orange-crowned warbler in the park.

Sandra Keller reported on her Sunday, April 29th trip to Glassboro Woods, NJ. Kentucky Warblers were seen, despite the fact that you can no longer drive through and must walk.

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

Sunday, May 6th – Fort Washington State Park, led by Bill Murphy

Friday to Sunday, May 11th to 13th - Southern Delaware and Maryland, led by Colin Campbell. If interested, email him at delawaretwitcher@comcast.net .

Saturday, May 19th – Ridley Creek State Park, PA, led by Art McMorris

Sunday, May 20th – Carpenter’s Woods, Philadelphia, led by Erica Brendel

Sunday, May 20th – West Laurel Hill and Westminster Cemeteries, led by Greg Gorton

Saturday, May 26th – Port Richmond & Bridesburg, Philadelphia, led by Kate Somerville

Saturday, June 2nd - Pocono Mountains, Layton & Alpha, Pennsylvania/New Jersey, led by Bill & Naomi Murphy

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following:

Thursday, May 17th – DVOC/Nikon World Series report - no Ornithological Study

Thursday, June 7th – no Ornithological Study

Upcoming Programs: Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:
Thursday, May 17th - Eric Stiles - "Shorebird Conservation on the Delaware Bay: Glass Half Full or Broken?"
Thursday, June 7th – May Run/Big Day reports

Special note: Formal arrangements have not been made as to the meeting places for the June, July and August meetings, so check the website for the latest news.

Several activities are already planned for the August 2nd meeting, including a presentation on the proposed Delaware River trail, an Ornithological Studys by Bert Filemyr, and a report from the Ornithology Department’s Summer Intern.

Announcements:

Connie Goldman reported on the condition of Fran Hovey, who is recovering from a serious accident. She is now receiving visitors at McGee Rehabilitation at 1513 Race Street.

Chris Walters reported that the Southeastern PA Bird Quest, sponsored by the Upper Main Line YMCA, was a success. A team led by Cody Pitts found 74 species in only half a day of birding. A close encounter with a Great Horned Owl at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum astounded the participants.

DVOC’s Annual Picnic will again be hosted graciously by Paul and Anita Guris at their home in Green Lane, PA. The date is Saturday, July 21st. Everyone is welcome.

Tony Croasdale, captain of the “Bristleheads” team in the New Jersey World Series of Birding, was interviewed by local radio station KYW. His comments will air on Monday, May 7th.

Paul Guris will be leading trips from Manteo, NC on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2007. 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:

On April 29th, Frank Windfelder had a Prothonotary Warbler at the Nicholas A Pucciarelli Senior Center in Philadelphia, thanks to a tip from Matt Sharp.

On April 29th, Nicholas Haass spotted a white-winged Gull, probably a Glaucous, at the Wetlands Institute in Cape May County, NJ.

On May 2nd, Bill Reaume heard a Whip-poor-will calling near his property in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Colin Campbell reported that he recently saw Barred Owls at White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware.

Ornithological Studies: Raja Stevenson’s presentation was entitled, “Bird Names: A Linguistic Perspective”. She used her background in Linguistics to give us an interesting spin on bird’s names.
Program: Blake Mathys spoke about “Great Kiskadees in Bermuda and Trinidad”. Two hundred kiskadees were brought to Bermuda from Trinidad to control lizards. This didn’t work, but the species multiplied into many thousands. He is attempting to prove that because of an island effect, the birds have gotten larger.


Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary