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October 18, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 47 members and 6 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairwoman Connie Goldman announced the admission to membership of Ann Scott. She also reminded us to place your name in the Banquet Raffle Box, in order to possibly win the opportunity to sit with our Banquet Speaker, Don Kroodsma.

Conservation: Chairwoman Debbie Beer mentioned that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill is up for renewal. The National Audubon Society wants us to support several key conservation measures imbedded in the bill. Laurie Goodrich of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has advised that the Rose Tree Park Hawk Watch in Delaware County is looking for some willing hawk watchers to help them finish the season. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping, please contact Laurie at goodrich@hawkmtn.org or 570-943-3411 ext. 106

Field Trips:

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

Frank Windfelder spoke about his excellent field trip to Tuckerton Marsh and Brigantine in New Jersey on Saturday, October 6th. Many thanks are owed to Adrian Binns for co-leading. At Tuckerton, Sharp-tailed Sparrows abounded, including many Nelson’s. Brigantine produced American Bittern, Roseate Spoonbill and White Pelican.

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

November 3rd or 4th, Bake Oven Knob, PA for hawks, led by Frank Windfelder and Bert Filemyr.

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris needs presenters. Email him at mcmorris@mac.com if you can help.

He also announced the following upcoming presentations:

Thursday, November 1st – Bert Filemyr, “Apostrophes”

Thursday, November 15th - Edie Parnum, “Hummingbird Hotspot in Central Pennsylvania”

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:

Thursday, November 1st - Kevin Loughlin, "Panama's Darien: Still Wild After All These Years"

Thursday, November 15th – Dr. Bob Curry, "Hybridization of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees"

Wednesday, December 5th – Annual Banquet, Don Kroodsma, “The Singing Life of Birds”

Thursday, December 20th - Mike Freiberg of Nikon Sports Optics, “Manakin Research in Brazil”


Annual DVOC Banquet - Wednesday December 5th. Please join us for the upcoming DVOC banquet. Our speaker, Dr. Don Kroodsma, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Massachusetts. He is the foremost expert on the science of bird song.

Complete information is available at http://www.dvoc.org/Banquet/Banquet2007.htm . The cost is $41.00 per person. The menu consists of Barbequed Beef, Roasted half Chicken or Vegetarian.

The new Delaware Valley RBA phone number is 215-240-7547. You can also use this number to report sightings, or email rba@dvoc.org . Our current announcer is Tony Croasdale. To get the unabridged report, go to www.dvoc.org .

Bill Etter informs us that in Maine this summer, a Lesser Black-backed Gull mated with an American Herring Gull. One of the young was banded, and has a left-leg band reading N02, and a silver right-leg band. If you sight this bird, email Scott Weidensaul at scottweidensaul@verizon.net .

Local Notes:

On October 12th, Doris McGovern banded a Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow at the East Park Reservoir in Philadelphia.

On October 13th, Yoav Chudnov saw a Little Blue Heron at the Brigantine Division of Forsythe NWR in New Jersey.

On October 14th, Tony Croasdale and friends saw 63 species in a Big Sit at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.

On October 15th, as the compiler for the Militia Hill Hawk Watch in Montgomery County, Ann Scott and others saw three Golden Eagles.

Lately. Debbie Beer has been birding FDR Park in South Philadelphia, where she has seen 62 species to date.

Ornithological Studies: Adrian Binns enumerated the “Newcomers to the Delaware Valley”, birds like the Hollywood Finch, would you believe House Finch?
Program: Jeff Wells spoke on "Three Secrets about Bird Conservation They Don't Want You to Know", based upon his new book, "Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk". Did you know that gulls are also known as “dump ducks”?

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary