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November 4, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. Twenty-one members and six guests were present. Frank announced that we would change the format of the meeting and have the Main Program presented first, followed by the general meeting items and then the Ornithological Studies. This is being done to accommodate our speaker, who must drive back to Pittsburgh tonight.

Main Program:

Todd Katzner presented “Golden Eagles and Wind Energy: Siting Wind Power for Improved Conservation Management”

The minutes of the October 21st meeting were read, corrected and approved by the membership.


Chair Connie Goldman announced that Council has approved three new members.
They are Christina Kobland, Alyce Grunt and Jeff Wahl. Connie also announced that an application has been received from Donna Wilhelm.

Chair Phil Witmer reported that Dr. Dan Klem will be this year’s recipient of the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award, to be presented at our Annual Banquet on November 18. Phil also announced that the Philadelphia City Council passed the proposal prohibiting the expansion of garden plots at Manatawna Farms in Roxborough.

Field Trips:

Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:

Oct. 24 John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, PA. Win Shafer reported there were good quantities of ducks present, as well as several Hermit Thrushes,

Oct 30 Bake Oven Knob, PA. Frank Windfelder reported a slow hawk migration day, although his record was saved by a Golden Eagle and a Northern Goshawk within the last 15 minutes of the trip.

Trip Announcements:

Nov. 6 Saw-whet Owl Banding at Hidden Valley, PA. This trip to Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl banding project will be led by Debbie Beer. The number of participants is limited. Please contact Debbie if you are interested.
Nov 13 Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA. We will look for sparrows, raptors and any early winter finches. The leader will be Debbie Beer.
Nov 26 Hawk Migration at Raccoon Ridge, NJ. This late season trip usually bring in Golden Eagles, Goshawks and other late migrants. If you plan to attend, please contact the trip leader, Bob Horton in advance.


Dino Fiabane announced the upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Dec 2 Don Jones will present “Vocal Differences between the Recent Splits Announced by AOU.”

Jan 20 Phil Witmer will present “A Conservation Conversation”

Dino asked for more members to volunteer to do Ornithological Studies.

Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs:

Nov. 18 is our Annual Banquet. Scott Weidensaul will present “Messing around with birds (for fun and science)”

Georgia Ashby added that Scott will report on various research projects he has done throughout his career. Connie Goldman is collecting slides of members to be shown during the cocktail hour before dinner.

Dec 2 Jeffery Hall will present “Down the Shore” DVOC favorite Jeffrey Hall will lead a virtual winter birding trip to the Jersey Shore, illustrated with his incomparable photographs.
Dec. 16 is our annual members photo night competition. Photos must be submitted by November 30. A panel consisting of Marty Dellwo, Bonnie Witmer and Kevin Loughlin will judge the photos.


New Bins for New Birders - Ten pair of Nikon Binoculars were presented to Boy Scout Troop 109 of Philadelphia. This troop provides outdoor skills and experiences to inner city youth.

A thank you letter was received from the Friends of John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, PA for our $75.00 donation, which we made to thank them for hosting our September meeting.

Art McMorris mentioned that the Bob Billings Award fund is still in need of a few hundred dollars to meet their goal of providing a $200 award each year.

Local Notes:

Frank Windfelder had two Pine Siskins at his feeder this week. He also had a juvenile American Golden Plover at Pennypack on the Delaware, PA.

Vincent Nichnadowicz saw seven Cave Swallows at the Rea Farm, Cape May, NJ.

Win Shafer saw a perched Golden Eagle near the Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA.

Phil Witmer had a Ruby-crowned Kinglet stay in his yard for three days.

Marty Dellwo has two new yard birds for his home in Center City: the Blue Jay and the Golden-crowned Kinglet. He also reported 14 Saw-whet Owls captured and banded at Rushton Farms, Chester County, PA

Ornithological Studies:

Dino Fiabane introduced Debbie Beer who presented “The Secret Lives of Saw-Whets”


The meeting was adjourned at 9:33 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary