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January 21, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:35. Forty members and five guests were present. The minutes of the January 7 meeting were accepted as submitted.

Frank announced the appointment of Win Shafer as the Field Trip Committee Chairman. Bob Horton and Marty Dellwo will continue as members of the committee.


Witmer Stone Committee: Linda Rowan thanked all those that have contributed to the Witmer Stone Wildlife Sanctuary Fund. They have raised over $1000. Please note that there is information about the fund in the new membership directory.

Membership: Chair Connie Goldman announced four member applicants, Lauren and Steve Huber, Tom Smith and the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Conservation: Chair Phil Witmer announced that the committee was seeking recommendations from the members as to what group the 2010 conservation funds should be donated.
Phil also asked members to contact their Congressional Representative to encourage them to address climate change.

Field Trips: Bob Horton conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:

Marty Dellwo, Chris Walters, Frank Windfelder and Erica Brendel reported on their respective sectors of the Philadelphia Mid-winter Bird Census. 91 total species were reported.

Steve Kacir reported on his photography trip to Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA. His photos will be posted on the website.

Chris Walters reported on the trip to Montauk, NY. 88 species were reported, including a King Eider, Black-headed Gull and a Kittiwake.

Martin Seltzer reported on his Cape May, NJ trip. Highlights included a Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Redhead, and Horned Grebe. At dusk, two Short-eared Owls were seen at Jake’s Landing.

Trip Announcements:

January 24 Cumberland and Cape May County, NJ. Led by Tony Croasdale

January 30 Conowingo Dam, MD, and Perryville, Pa. Led by Tom Reeves

January 31 Winter waterfowl at Roosevelt Park, Philadelphia. Led by Debbie Beer.

February 13-15 Win Shafer will be running a trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, and other locations in eastern Ontario over Presidents’ weekend, Feb. 13-15 (Sat. – Mon.). Targets will be winter finches, raptors, owls, boreal birds, and whatever surprises are waiting. The first bird seen last year was a Slaty-backed Gull. Win will arrange a van for this shared-expense trip. Please see Win to sign up.


Art McMorris announced the next three upcoming programs.

The Program on February 4 will be Robert Kirk presenting “Behind the scenes of a field guide”. Robert Kirk will explain the many steps involved in the creation and publication of field guides and other books about birds and nature. Robert is the Executive Editor for Biological Sciences and Natural History for the Princeton University Press, a world leader in the publication of field guides.

The Program on February 18 will be Doug Gross presenting “Recovery of Endangered Birds in Pennsylvania: the Birds, the Process, and New Challenges”. Doug will review the Pennsylvania bird species of concern list and the recovery process, using the Bald Eagle as an example of a successful recovery. He also will review other challenges we face in bird conservation in the state. Doug is Endangered Bird Specialist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and is well known for his lively, informative and entertaining presentations.

The Program on March 4 will be Julie Hagelin, presenting “Tales from a Tangerine-Scented Seabird: Sex, Perfume and Parasites of Crested Auklets” Those who have been close to a Crested Auklet breeding colony know that these unusual birds smell like freshly-peeled tangerines, but no one has taken this observation as far as Dr. Julie Hagelin, Assistant Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College.

Art also announced the next three Ornithological Studies.

2/4 - "Identification of Scaup" - Frank Windfelder
2/18 - "Nesting Strategies of the Little Guys with the Big Guys" - Chris Walters
3/4 - "Eye-arcs and Orbital Rings" - Frank Windfelder


Frank Windfelder announced a memorial service to be held for John LaVia, past President and long-time member of the DVOC. John died while on a birding trip to Attu Island in 2000. The service will be held at the Doane Academy in Burlington, NJ on May 1, 2010.

Kim Custer is researching the history of Boxwood Hall in Haddonfield, NJ and how it relates to past DVOC member, Samuel Nicholson Rhoads.

Local Notes: Steve Kacir observed a Pacific Loon at Seven Presidents Park in Long branch, NJ on January 16.

Bob Horton observed the Mew Gull along the Belt Parkway, Brooklyn, NY on January 14.

Barbara Granger spotted a Pileated Woodpecker on her recent trip to Maine.

Al Driscoll reported on his recent trip to Bentsen State Park, Texas where he observed a Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Northern Jacana, Northern Wheatear and a Rose-throated Becard.

Main Program:

Art McMorris announced a schedule change due to the illness of the speaker who had previously been announced for tonight. On short notice, Jane Henderson agreed to speak tonight, and she presented a very interesting and informative program entitled “A Visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.”

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary