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Minutes of the DVOC
December 5, 2014

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

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at at 7:31 PM.
Total present: 30 members and 8 guests were present.
Guests included: Karen Schwager, Barb Bassett, Howard Eskin, Roger Bynum, Ed Mutzer, Jed Gorton, and Kate Garchinsky.
The minutes of the 6 November 2014 meeting were approved as submitted.

Committee Reports

Phil Witmer announced that new club members include Lena Hunt, Jason Weckstein and 2014 Rosalie Edge Award winner Bill Stewart.
Barbara Granger noted that she has just submitted final article for 2010-2013 issue of Cassinia, and that soon she should receive back proofs and the issue for final revisions before sending it to press.
No report
Youth Birding:
No report
Orn Studies:
No report
New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report
Bob Billings Big Year:
Art McMorris noted that the deadline for signing up to participate in the 2015 Billings Big Year competition is March 31st.
Art McMorris noted that the time to submit nominations for club officers is during the two December meetings. Elections are in January. The nominating committee is welcoming submission at this time, and has submitted the following slate of officers:
President: Phil Witmer
Vice president: Steve Kacir
Secretary: George Armistead
Treasurer: Bert Filemyr
New Council members: Patty Rehn, Ann Reeves
George Armistead reported on the FDR Park revitalization project in which includes the construction of a large new building (a velodrome) proposed to be built along Broad Street across from the Well Fargo center. The plan also involves alterations to the landscape, and which raises concerns about how this might affect one of the city’s richest bird-watching locations.
There is a Parks Commission hearing at American Swedish Historical Museum in FDR Park, on Dec. 17th at 6pm. A pdf of the plan has been posted to the DVOC Facebook page.
Field Trips:
Tony Croasdale noted that Jan. 3rd will be the kickoff of BirdPhilly with a field trip he will lead at 10am at FDR Park.
Chris Walters alerted everyone to the possibility of the annual club trip to Montauk, Long Island, NY over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. It’s two nights at end of Long Island. The house that has been used for this trip in the past has been sold, and he is trying to find a new place. Stay tuned. This would mark ~25th year in a row for this trip.
Steve Kacir announced the next meeting will be the annual members photo contest. The meeting after that is the annual member’s meeting which is held at Jenkins Arboretum. Then on Jan. 22nd. Paulo Boute will speak to the club about birding in Brazil.
Trip Reports: No report
Trustee’s Report
No report.


Barbara Granger reported that 110 people attended the banquet, about half of which signed up in the final two weeks. In the future she recommended we help find drivers for older folks, and also find a way to include young birders too.

Phil Witmer announced that The North American Bird Phenology program needs volunteers. More info available here:
Paul Guris noted that the new edition of the Birds of Lehigh Valley, is not available for $19. It includes a site guide to the valley, and has information on birds like Alder Flycatcher and Golden-winged Warbler among others.
He also announced 4 upcoming pelagic trips in January: 4th (Belmar), 10th Freeport, 24th Cape May and 31st out of Lewes.

Al Driscoll offered copies of Audubon’s Handbook of North American Birds, Birds of the World by Roger Tory Peterson for sale, with profits going to the DVOC.

A guest requested information on regional Christmas Bird Counts, which can be found here:
Mike O’Brien noted that he has bluebird houses for sale, including small gray ones for $25, “Peterson” houses for $35/ea, and that if you buy 6 or more the price is $25 for each. All proceeds benefit little sister’s of the poor.
Steve Kacir noted that DVOC Store has for sale, new DVOC hats (with logo by Shawneen Finnegan), and copies of the movie “A Birders Guide to Everything”.

Local Notes:
Matt Halley reported on his sighting of 24 Sandhill Cranes flying over Fairmount Park the weekend prior. This flocks is known to be from a growing population in Maine which migrate of along Atlantic seaboard.

Howard Eskin noted the both the Harris Sparrow in Northampton, NJ and the Bullock’s Oriole in Montgomery County, PA continue to be seen.

Rick Mellon noted that he’d seen an Orange-crowned Warbler in his backyard.
Rob Bierregaard had a pair of Purple Finches in his yard.

Gregg Gorton noted that he’d seen a Black-capped Chickadee in Peace Valley Park which may be part of a winter invasion of the species.

Marty Dellwo was in Ambler and saw a lone returning Lesser Black-backed Gull, returning for 3rd winter in a row at this location.

Ornithological Moment

Art McMorris reported on Pennsylvania’s breeding Peregrine Falcon 2014 nesting season.
Wiped out in 1940s-1950s by DDT, a reintroduction program has seen great gain in the last two decades. In 2014 he monitored 60 sites. Breeding attempts were confirmed at 43, with a 56% success rate, and they banded 57 nestlings. Six of the sites are at cliffs, while the other 37 are in urban settings. Over 200 volunteers are involved in this effort.

Main Program
Paul Guris gave a program titled:
Mid-Atlantic Winter Pelagics: Putting the “Birrrrrrrr…” into Birding

The meeting was adjourned at 9:18pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.
Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary