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June 3, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. Twenty-five members and two guests were present. The minutes of the May20th meeting were accepted as submitted.


Chair Phil Witmer reported that he had collected $2994 in pledges so far for the Word Series of Birding. He said there were still a few outstanding pledges.

Field Trips:

Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:

May 22 Ridley Creek State Park, PA Art McMorris reported that 12 members and guests attended. Most of the birds seen were resident birds. They had great looks at a Barred Owl. In addition, the group heard two Kentucky Warblers and saw one Hooded Warbler.

May 23-25 Birding trip to the Lower Poconos, PA. Bonnie Witmer reported the group saw or heard a total of 77 species, including Cerulean, Prairie, Hooded and other warblers.
May 23 SW New Jersey Vincent Nichnadowicz reported on the trip. They visited Belleplain State Park, Heislerville WMA and Buckshutem Road. Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers as well as Summer Tanager were seen at Belleplain.
May 23 Carpenter Woods, PA Erica Brendel reported that very few migrants were seen on this trip.

Trip Announcements:

June 9 Lakehurst Naval Air Station for Upland Sandpipers Bob Horton will lead this trip in search of Upland Sandpipers and other grassland birds. Registration is required in advance since special arrangements are required to enter this base.

June 11 – 13 Weekend at Camp Susquehannock, in NE PA. Win Shafer will lead this trip to the camp his family runs. Lodging and some meals are included at no charge. Birding will be done along the Susquehanna River and other woodland locations.

June 26 Wharton State Forest for Nightjars, NJ. Steve Kacir will lead this evening trip to look for nightjars, as well as owls.


Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs:

Our informal Summer meetings will be held at Palmyra Nature Center, NJ in July and August, and at the John Heinz NWR (Tinicum), PA in September.

July 1 Short presentations including:
"Blizzard or Quetzels? Easy choice"– Rick Mellon

August 5 Short presentations including:
Rushton Farm Bird Banding Station – Lisa Kiziuk, Doris McGovern
Tom’s Birding Quiz #2 – Tom Bailey. Test your knowledge of North American birds, birding and birders. A prize will be awarded to the winner.

September 2 Short presentations including:
Global Warming: the Impact on Birds – Phil Witmer
Bird-Safe Glass Demonstration Project at Heinz – Gary Stolz
Identification of Wigeon – Frank Windfelder

September 16 will resume our regular scheduled meetings at the Academy. The speaker will be Adrian Binns presenting “ A Naked Safari: Tales of East Africa”


President Frank Windfelder reported that the Conservation Award has been renamed the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award, in honor of Rosalie Edge, founder of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and an early conservationist.

Debbie Beer announced that Tinicum (John Heinz NWR, PA) is doing a comprehensive plan for the future and they are asking for input from the community. Debbie asked that you visit their website, www.fws.gov/heinz to provide your input. Look for the national planning page.

Anita Guris announced that Paulagics will be running pelagic trips in August, including one Delaware overnight trip.

Art McMorris reported that the Academy has announced the new president to be George Gephart.

Local Notes:

Win Shafer reported on his Peregrine banding trip to Reading with Art McMorris. He also reported hearing drumming Ruffed Grouse and seeing a female with chicks in NE PA.

Paul Guris reported on a trip to Beltsville State Park, Pa where he saw or heard 4 Golden-winged Warblers, as well as Chestnut-sided, and Nashville Warblers.

Debbie Beer reported 93 species on a recent trip to Delaware, including many Red Knots.

Frank Windfelder reported a Kentucky Warbler at Pennypack on the Delaware, PA, from May 7 continuing through June 1.

Ornithological Studies:

Art McMorris read various Big Day reports and called on members to provide their reports. All will be posted on the website.

Main Program:

Cathy Haffner presented “Sharing the Shoreline: Status, Research, and Recovery of Great Lakes Piping Plovers”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary