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Minutes of the DVOC
February 20, 2014

Held at Palmyra Cove Nature Center

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at at 7:30 PM. 42 total attendees were present including guests: Blake Goll, Lou Hohn, Sally Creighton, Matthew & Rhianna Klewin, Margaret Atack, Jessica Pellien, Sasha Freeman, Kim Sheridan, Jim Austin-Cole, and speakers Scott Whittle & Tom Stephenson.

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer noted that Harold Sweetman was now the club’s newest member. We received applications from Leland Graves and Rick Wright.


Orn Studies:


New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):

Bob Billings Big Year:

Youth Birding:
Edie Parnum noted the establishment of a DVOC Scholarship for $900 for the ABA camp for young birders, Camp Avocet. She noted that we still needed $300 plus transportation assistance of the camper to the camp, and promised more information on this as it develops.

Phil Witmer mentioned an article by Robert Brulle Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations. Published online, it is about how big money is funneled into climate change denial (e.g. exxon mobil).

Field Trips:
Marty Dellwo noted the recently concluded trip on Feb. 17th to New Jersey’s North Shore, led by Sandra Keller. And he announced the upcoming trip on Feb. 22nd to Indian River Inlet which will be led by Martin Seltzer. The latter is a joint trip with Wyncote Audubon.

Steve Kacir announced the next program for Mar. 6th by Robert DeCandido on “The Vultures of Nepal”, and that following that would be Deb Allen’s program, “Central Park: Birds Through the Seasons”.

Trip Reports:

Phil Witmer:
Announced with regret the sad news of the passing of Tom Reeves’s wife. Services were set for Feb. 21 at 10am at the Reform Lutheran Church.

Mentioned that going forward, he hoped to reduce the time typically involved with the business segment of club meetings. In the future the goal is to keep these shorter (under 30 minutes) to allow more time for speakers and for socializing.

Friday May 9th, at 6pm is the Benefit for the Birds gala at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary at the Bear Creek Resort.

Urged members to contact their representatives regarding the “Sportmans Bill” which prevents the EPA from controlling lead poisoning, among other things.
PA House bill 1576 would devastate Endangered Species Act in PA, and would cost the state federal funding. Scott Weidensaul is urging PA bird enthusiasts to contact representatives, regarding the companion senate bill.

Robert Gallardo has a Honduras Field guide in the works, and a hummingbird tour coming up.

Mike Zickler:
Noted that on March 2nd, the Friends of Taylor’s Island off of Taylor’s Lane were hosting an event.

Mike O’Brien:
Still has 2 Bluebird houses for sale. The houses should be put up by Mar 1st, but can be put up as as late as April 1st. They cost $25, and the funds go to charity (incl. Little Sisters of the Poor).

Steve Kacir:
Noted that the club is still in need of judges for Photo contest. Mike Fritz is one, but we need 2 more.

Art McMorris:
Peregrine Falcon nesting season is underway, and he requested info on nests, particularly those at cliffs. Only just a few (~4) cliff-nesters are known in the region, so he suggested birders keep an eye out for cliff nesters, as there are lots of displays this time of year.

Local Notes:
Linda Widdop:
At Pennypack on the Delaware (POD), while searching for Short-eared Owl, she noted 71 Canvasbacks, and lots of Common Goldeneyes and Bufflehead, and many gulls. She also saw a Snowy Owl surrounded by Snow Geese in New Jersey.
Tom Bailey:
Reported a Short-eared Owl over the river the prior Tuesday, that then went off into NJ. He also was seeing lots of birds at his feeder including a Hermit Thrush he referred to as his “puppy dog”, and also Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, and about 60 White-throated Sparrows, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Main Program
Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson (Authors of The Warbler Guide)
"Using Often Overlooked ID Points to Identify Confusing Warblers"

The meeting was adjourned at 928pm. Book sales after.

Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary