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May 20, 2010

Minutes of the DVOC Meeting of May 20, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM. Thirty-eight members and five guests were present. The minutes of the May 6th meeting were accepted as submitted.


Chair Phil Witmer reported that there have been pledges totaling $2955 so far for the Word Series of Birding. Anita Guris spoke up and added another $100 pledge. All of the funds collected will be used for the bird-safe glass project at John Heinz NWR (Tinicum), PA.

Field Trips:

Bob Horton conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:

May 9th – Frank Windfelder reported that his trip to John Heinz NWR (Tinicum), PA was cold, windy, but produces some good birds, including warblers, flycatchers and thrushes, as well as a few turkeys.

May 15th – Connie Goldman reported that her trip to the Bowman’s Tower Wildflower Preserve recorded 70 species of birds, including 15 species of warblers and other spring migrants.

Trip Announcements:

Next Field Trips

May 22 Ridley Creek State Park, PA Art McMorris will lead this trip looking for spring migrants, with hopes of seeing Kentucky and Hooded Warblers, and Louisiana Waterthrushes.
May 23-25 Birding trip to the Lower Poconos, PA. Phil Witmer will lead this mid-week trip to the Greystone Preserve, a private property in the Poconos.
May 23 SW New Jersey Tony Croasdale will lead this trip to Belleplain State Park, Heislerville WMA and other areas of Southwest New Jersey looking for both shorebird and woodland migrants.
May 23 Carpenter Woods, PA Erica Brendel will lead this trip in search of spring migrants, as well as the possibility of seeing Eastern Screech Owls.


Todd Fellenbaum announced the upcoming Ornithological Studies.
This week we will hear a report from Bert Filemyr on the results of the World Series.
May 20 We will hear reports on all May Runs and Big Days from club members.

Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs:

On 6/3 – Cathy Haffner “Sharing the Shoreline: Status, Research and Recovery of Great Lakes Piping Plovers”

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:
Global Warming: the Impact on Birds – Phil Witmer
"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:
Bird-Safe Glass Demonstration Project at Heinz – Gary Stolz
Identification of Wigeon – Frank Windfelder
Project report by the DVOC-sponsored Summer Intern at the Academy of Natural Sciences


Nathaniel Sharp reported that he bought a copy of the Western Field Guide, which had previously been owned by W John Smith.

Bernice Koplin announced that the Annual Banquet will be held on November 18 and the guest speaker will be Scott Weidensaul.

Frank Windfelder reminded everyone that there is a DVOC checklist on our website that includes the dates certain species are in our area.

Local Notes:

Erica Brendel reported on the Screech Owls at Carpenter Woods. Initially they thought there were three babies, but the final count was five fledglings.
Tony Croasdale reported on an under birded area, Dismal Swamp in Edison, NJ. He said the birding was good but the access is limited.
Scott Frasier reported that the Philadelphia Inquired had an article on the Four Loons World Series of Birding Team.
Debbie Beer reported hearing Chuck-will’s Widow at John Heinz NWR (Tinicum), PA.
Martin Selzer reported Common Nighthawks over the Spectrum on May 12.
Rick Mellon reported that Nighthawks have nested in the Philadelphia area and suggested that everyone keep theirs eyes open for them.
Frank Windfelder passed on a report from Mike Fritz of a Barred-tailed Godwit at Forsythe WMA. He said this is the European subspecies.
Frank also reported Cliff Swallows, Black-billed Cuckoos and Alder Flycatchers at Pennypack on the Delaware.
Art McMorris reported the banding of 3 Peregrine Falcon chicks on the Girard Point Bridge.
Bob Horton reported Hooded and Mourning Warblers at Ridley State Park on May 20.

Ornithological Studies:

Bert Filemyr presented a report on the World Series of Birding.

Main Program:

Hernan Arauz presented a program entitled “Birding in Panama: The Avian Crossroads”

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary