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September 20, 2007

Ex-President Adrian Binns, subbing for Chris Walters, called the meeting to order at 7:38 PM. In attendance were 40 members and 1 guest.

Membership Committee: Connie Goldman announced that Andrea Bennett, Trevor Conlow, Philip and Bonnie Witmer, Yoav Chudnoff , Thomas Dougherty, Ann Lyntkowski, Meredith Mueller, and Lori Litchman have been accepted as new members.

New members were able to tour the Academy of Natural Science’s bird collection prior to the meeting, under the tutelage of Nate Rice. Connie announced that a second tour will be held at 6:00 PM prior to the October 4th meeting. Sign up soon because reservations are needed.

Also, 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 October 7th-13th is National Wildlife Refuge Week. Also, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is sponsoring Project feeder watch again this year. Go to http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw for details.

Field Trips:

Doris McGovern had 30 people for the bird banding field trip at East Park Reservoir on September 8th, prior to our DVOC meeting at the ZOO. Wendy Lenhart deserves many thanks for setting up the ZOO meeting, and the animal feedings afterwards.

Leader Steve Kacir told us about the September 9th field trip to the Johnson Sod Farm in Cumberland County, NJ. Highlights were 10 Baird’s Sandpipers, 35 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 19 American Golden-Plovers, and an Upland Sandpiper.

Erica Brendel attended the field trip to the Jenks School in Manayunk on September 10th. An impressive 3,000 Chimney Swifts came in to roost.

Denis Brennan led the September 16th field trip to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, where numbers of warblers and shorebirds were observed.

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

Saturday, October 6th, Sharp-tailed Sparrows at Tuckerton Marsh, led by Frank Windfelder

Saturday, November 10th, Northern Saw-whet Owl banding at Hidden Valley, PA, led by Adrian Binns. Adrian can only take 15 people, so sign up now.

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentations:

Thursday, October 4th – Adrian Binns, “Fecal Sacs”

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

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:

Thursday, October 4th - Lillian Armstrong - "New Jersey Birding and Wildlife Trail Guides"

Thursday, October 18th – Jeff Wells, "Three Secrets about Bird Conservation They Don't Want You to Know"

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” The cost this year is still $41.00 per person. Complete details are on the website, including a reservation form.


Steve Kacir mentioned that the new Delaware Valley RBA, co-sponsored by DVOC and the Academy of Natural Sciences, is published weekly on our website. Steve is to be commended for the fine job he has done with this.

Several awards are to be given at our Annual Banquet, and the chairs of the respective committees are looking for suggestions as to who are deserving recipients. Contact Colin Campbell for the Witmer Stone Award, Jeff Holt for the Julian K. Potter Award, and Debbie Beer for the Conservation Award.

Jeff Holt announced that on Tuesday, September 25th, Scott Weidensaul will be reviewing the Ned Smith Exhibit at Mill Grove. Tickets are normally $20.00, but DVOC members can attend for free. Go to http://www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=36 for details.

Tony Croasdale is the new AmeriCorps VISTA staff member at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. He will be conducting a Birding Big Sit at Tinicum on October 14th.

New member Yoav Chudnoff is running a combined Hungary and Bulgaria trip from June 16th-30th, 2008. If interested, go to www.friendsofbspb.org .

Paul Guris is leading a pelagic trip out of Lewes, Delaware on Saturday, October 20th. Three trips in December are also planned, out of Freeport, NY on December 1st, Belmar, NJ on December 2nd, and Lewes, Delaware on December 8th. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

Local Notes:

Paul Guris’ pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY on September 16th produced some nice birds, but only a few got to see a fly-by White-faced Storm-Petrel.

Bill Reaume has been seeing Common Nighthawks lately at the Aubrey Arboretum.

Art McMorris had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at his feeder today,

JoAnn Raine mentioned that Tyler State Park had postponed plans to re-roof one of its canoe shelters, in deference to nesting Barn Swallows and some concerned birders.

Erica Brendel spoke about the many Broad-winged Hawks that passed over the Militia Hill Hawk Watch on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th. On Sunday, she witnessed 1,000 Broad-winged Hawks in the air at the same time.

Ornithological Studies: Art McMorris’ topic was “What’s the Logic of Eclipse Plumage?” He explained that the purpose of eclipse plumage is to camouflage the males while they are in their flightless period.
Program: Sandy Hook Director Pete Bacinski, speaking on "Montana: The Last Best Place", told us about the wonderful birds and other wildlife he has experienced on his many trips to Montana.
Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary