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Minutes of the DVOC
October 2, 2014

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:38 PM.

Total present:
17 members plus 9 guests were present. Guests included:
Joseph Boland
Lena Hunt
Jaclyn Janis
David Allen
Alex Malamy
Bull Gervasi
Karen Schwager
Sally Creighton
Elizabeth Porter

Committee Reports
Bonnie Witmer: two applications from the summer have been approved: Rollin “Matt” Gallagher and Diane McNamara. Pending applications include Tracy Bearsley, Robin Madison, and a gift membership for Holly Merkel from George Armistead; these three will be sent to council. The following guests mentioned interest in joining DVOC: Alex Malamy, Elizabeth Porter, David Allen.

No report.

No report

Youth Birding:
No report

Orn Studies:
No report

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report

Bob Billings Big Year:
No report

No report. George Armistead absent.

Steve Kacir: Steve and Laura Huber will talk on 16 Oct about birding the Everglades called “Birding the Glades”, and on 6 Nov., Witney Wiest (graduate student at University of Delaware) will present "The future of tidal marsh birds in the northeast: Conservation planning in response to predicted sea level rise".

Field Trips:
Tony Croasdale: On 18 Oct, Tony and Steve Kacir will attempt to replicate Frank Windfelder's popular saltmarsh trip, with target species being Nelson's Sparrow (all three field identifiable subspecies!), Saltmarsh Sparrow, and Seaside Sparrow. Members are advised to bring their muckboots! On 1 Nov, there is a trip to visit Scott Weidensaul's Saw-whet Owl banding project. Phil Witmer reports that Scott is expecting a better than average year for Saw-whets.

Trip Reports:
No report

Barbara Granger: Five people have already signed up for the banquet, encouraged everyone to download a form from the website and send a check!
Steve Kacir: solicited photographs for the DVOC photograph contest and reminded everyone about the deadline. A motion was passed to ban Patty Rehn from the photo contest, because she always wins.
Gregg Gorton: LSU is having a “big day” fundraiser for their ornithology department. Their goal is to set a new Big Day record in Peru. The previous record is 331, set by Ted Parker and others nearly 30 years ago. Google or search Facebook “LSU big day” to find out more. The date is set for 15 Oct. Team members include Dan Lane, Mike Harvery, Glenn Seeholzer, and Fernando Angulo. They will start in the north central Peruvian Andes and then will move south east.
Phil Witmer: Thank you from Lamar Gore, the new manager from John Heinz NWR, because of the DVOC participation in the Cradle of Birding festival. National Audubon Society is asking people to sign a petition to set standards on carbon pollution. Nov 15 is the deadline for donating to the DVOC project – forest restoration at Green Lane, and American Kestrel nest box project.

Local Notes:
Matthew Halley: Soras are continuing at John Heinz NWR, at the southwest end of the boardwalk in the reeds.
Bob Horton: American Golden Plover at the Allentown Sod Farms in NJ.
Tony Croasdale: Recounted the sighting of Zone-tailed Hawk at the Cape May Hawkwatch. Tony was there with Jon Feenstra, Bob Fogg, Pete Dunne, Morgan Evans, and the docents from Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center. The bird was a first state record for NJ, and was seen at Cape Henlopen, DE, shortly after (also a first state record). People were “dumbfounded”.
Rob Bierregaard: At Corpus Christi site, Rob saw a “few birds”, and then the following day everyone (but not Rob) saw thousands of hawks.
Bob Mercer: Has been seeing American Redstarts, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Magnolia Warbler, all within the last week.
Phil and Bonnie Witmer: Black-throated Blue Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the last week
Several members mentioned seeing Common Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts during the last week.

Trustee’s Report:
No Report.

Main Program:
Tony Croasdale presented on "punk birding", sharing stories and videos from his travels around the world with his punk band R.A.M.B.O.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Matthew R. Halley, Interim Secretary
(while George Armistead is in South Africa on an ABA birding trip!)