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June 6, 2013

President Art McMorris called the meeting to order at 7:36 PM. There were 19 members in attendance. Art McMorris welcomed 4 guests.

The minutes of the 16 May 2013 meeting were approved as submitted.


Membership Committee:
Bonnie Witmer read an application for membership from Amy Carpenter. Art McMorris added that Amy had discovered a peregrine nest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

Conservation Committee:
Chairperson Phil Witmer announced the number of birds counted by our WSB team the DVOC Loons and asked those who have pledged to do the calculations and send in their money. He encouraged all members to send in the donation amount pledged and he solicited new pledges in support of this worthy cause. The total amount of pledges is approximately $ 3,600.
Phil reported on an article from the Washington Post regarding Wind Farms and the deaths of Bald Eagles. He noted the irony of the Republican’s dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration for not prosecuting the Wind Farms.

Field Trip Committee
Marty Dellwo gave the field trip reports on behalf of Chair, Win Shafer. Complete trip reports are on the DVOC website.

Phil Witmer announced an upcoming “expedition style” trip to Honduras. Dates of this trip can be flexible. Contact Phil Witmer for more information.
Barbara Granger announced that plans are underway for the Annual Banquet. She stated that we have been quoted the same price per meal as last year. She added that there is a new chef on staff so there will be more menu options. She asked for volunteers, particularly to assist in greeting attendees at the door on the night of the event.

The Birding Trip planned for 7-9 June 2013 – Weekend at Camp Susquehannock in Northeastern PA. has been cancelled.

Steve Kacir will be leading a trip to search for Nightjars, Barred Owls and Whip-poor-will at Wharton State Forest on June 22, 2013. Details are on the DVOC website.

Ornithological Moments Committee:
No Report.

Dave Long announced that he had copies of Cassinia for those who have not yet received one. After this meeting copies will be mailed to the members who have not picked up the most recent Cassinia issue. The next issue of Cassinia will cover the following date span: 2010-2013. Dave named the list of our members who have passed away during this time period and asked for help in writing obituaries for those members. Dave thanked Barbara Granger for helping with the editing and for mailing issues.
Vice President Phil Witmer announced the upcoming programs. This is our last meeting before the summer season and we will move to a summer schedule as follows:

July 11: Informal Meeting at Schuylkill Valley Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA. Frank Windfelder will be speaking on “Is there Life Beyond Birds?”

Aug 1: Informal meeting at Palmyra Cove Nature Park Cindy Ahern will speak on “Florida Mangrove Ecosystem”. Dino Fiabane will present on “Fun with ABA Bird Names.”

Sept 5: Informal Meeting at John Heinz NWR. Doris McGovern will talk about Northern Saw-whet Owls.

The formal meeting schedule will resume in mid-September.

Bert reported that there have been no significant changes to the website.

Local Notes
Marty Dellwo saw King Rail at Tinicum after getting an e-mail reporting that the bird was seen and photographed.
Per Marty, a Facebook friend of Tony Croasdale claimed to have seen a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in the vicinity of 50th and Cedar in west Philadelphia, where it flew off behind houses and was lost to view. Despite some attempts, “it was not known to have been seen again."
Sue Jarnagin asked members for advice on places for birding between Salt Lake City and SW Montana.
Amy Carpenter reported that the Philadelphia City Hall peregrine nestlings all fledged this week.
She had informed Art McMorris of a nest site at HUP. He was able to band the chick. The peregrines had taken over the Red-tail nest of previous years. Art reported that this new nest is just over one mile from the Center City nest sites.
Art further added that Peregrine Falcon pairs are present at 44 sites across PA, and nesting has been confirmed at 34 of those sites so far. Chicks have been banded at 17 nests so far, and will be banded at additional sites as the season progresses.
Vincent Nichnadowicz reported a breeding pair of Dickcissel in Somerset NJ.

Bob Sharp observed at HUP a red-tail and peregrine fighting over territory on the 2nd or 3rd Friday in April.

Ornithological Moment:
There was no Ornithological Moment at this meeting

WSB Team B.B. Kingfishers:
Team member of the B.B. Kingfishers, Nathaniel Sharp, thanked the DVOC members for their help and support. He and his team won first place in the 2013 World Series of Birding by identifying 186 species.

Main Program:
Vice President Phil Witmer introduced the evening’s speaker, Dan D’Auria who gave a talk entitled “From Nurture to Nature: A Transition to photography”. Dr. D’Auria took questions from the attendees.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bonnie W. Witmer