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March 4, 2010

Minutes of the DVOC Meeting of March 4, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:34. Thirty-four members and one guest were present. The minutes of the February 18th meeting were accepted as submitted.


Bob Horton reported for Chair Connie Goldman that our two new members are Joan Cerceo of Lansdowne, PA and Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford, PA. Nathaniel was present, and was warmly welcomed to the club.

Field Trips:
Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:
February 20 Photography trip to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ. Steve Kacir reported on a windy day of birding. Highlights included all three scoter species, Horned Lark and some very close photo opportunities of Common Eider.

Trip Announcements:
March 13 Barnegat Light, NJ. Led by Chris Walters. A ½ day field trip ideally suited to NEW MEMBERS & STUDENTS (but open to all members) to the best location in Jersey to see Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper.
March 14 Date Change! Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, PA. Led by Connie Goldman. The trip is postponed until Sunday March 14th. We will spend the afternoon into dusk. This will allow birding the ponds, woodland edges, and fields while we experience the evening fly-in of Snow Geese from nearby fields to their night roost in the reservoir.
Art McMorris announced the next three upcoming programs.

The Program on March 18 will be Win Shafer presenting “Birds of the Appalachian Trail.” DVOC member Win Shafer and his son Blake (AKA Birdman and Li’l Wayne) spent 4 1/2 months in 2009 through-hiking the entire 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. Being in the mountains and woods in many different life zones during spring migration afforded incomparable opportunities for bird observation. Win will give a travelogue of his unique adventure and birding experience.
The Program on April 1 will be Bud Cook presenting “Birds of the Boreal Barrens of Northeast Pennsylvania” The Pocono plateau in northeastern Pennsylvania embodies the region’s boreal heritage, harboring species tolerant to cooler temperatures reminiscent of its glacial past. The bird life has a decidedly northern flavor, including many species that are rare or absent elsewhere in the state.
The Program for April 15 will be Dyana Z. Furmansky presenting “Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy”. Most of us know Rosalie Edge as the fearless woman who single-handedly saved Hawk Mountain from the gunners, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Ms. Furmansky will tell us more about this remarkable woman, without whom nature and birding would not be what they are today.
Art also announced the upcoming Ornithological Studies.

3/16 -"In the Field: Bonaparte's Gulls and Black-headed Gulls" - Bert Filemyr
4/1 -"Nesting Strategies of the Little Guys with the Big Guys" - Chris Walters

Frank Windfelder announced the need for a new editor of Larus. A healthy discussion ensued regarding the need for such a newsletter in this current age of electronic communications.

Local Notes:
Paul Guris reported that he still has two dozen Purple Finches coming to his feeders.

Vincent Nichnadowicz reported observing a Mew Gull in Brooklyn, NY.

Bob Horton reported observing a Black-headed Gull at the Cape May Ferry Terminal, NJ on February 21. He also observed a Redhead on Assunpink Lake in the Assunpink WMA, NJ.

Frank Windfelder reported that on his visit to Pennypack Environmental Center, PA. he observed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drinking sap from a maple tree.

Ornithological Studies:
Frank Windfelder presented a study entitled "Eye-arcs and Orbital Rings"

Main Program:
Julie Hagelin presented “Tales from a Tangerine-Scented Seabird: Sex, Perfume and Parasites of Crested Auklets”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary