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Minutes of the DVOC
January 22, 2015

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:32pm. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. A total of 31 members and 4 guests were present.
Two long-time Fellows of the DVOC (and life members) were present ---- Richard "Dick" Bell from Furlong, PA, and William "Bill" Tucker, from Kingston, NH. Dick was editor of three volumes of Cassinia (57–59), covering the years 1977–1981. Ed Newton from New Bedford, MA, was also in attendance as a guest.

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer has one application in hand, Karen Schlatter (?) has paid and will hopefully be introduced next meeting.

Barbara announced that she, Dave Long, and Matthew Halley have been going over the proofs for the forthcoming double-issue of Cassinia (volumes 74–75). It is almost 200 pages in length and looks fantastic!

Steve Kacir highlighted an upcoming programs by Emil DeVito, concerning rare species and restoration in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. On February 19, the meeting will be held at Palmyra Cove Nature Center and the program is Rick Wright, "The Originals: Reading the First Descriptions of North American Birds."

Trip Reports:
First Bird Philly event was very successful – 40 participants! Coming up, on February 7, the second BirdPhilly event, at Pennypack on the Delaware. On President's Day weekend is a trip to Montauk.

Phil Witmer gave a brief summary of the business from the Annual Members Meeting.
Barbara Granger praised Anita Guris's excellent service to the club in planning events for the 125th anniversary.
Bert Filemyr mentioned that get-well cards were circulating at the meeting for members Edwin Boles and Denis Brennan. He also informed the club that member Scott McConnell recently published a biography of Witmer Stone.
Bonnie Witmer talked with John Brennan, who updated everyone on Denis Brennan's condition. He had a rough week. On Monday, Dennis was involved in a one car accident and spent three days in the ICU at UPenn, with a broken leg and fracture in his back. He has also been having heart trouble. Everyone is pulling for him!!

Local Notes:
Annie Reeves: A Hoary Redpoll was seen at the Navy yard, the first seen in Philly in 45 years!!! There may be more than one individual, since Frank Windfelder saw a different (darker) individual.
Greg Gorton: An Iceland Gull was seen near Tinicum recently as well, the first in 45 years. Peregrine Falcons at Tinicum.
Linda Widdop: Had some Ruddy Duck specimens that were about to be deposited in the Academy collections, offered to show anyone who would like to see them up close.
Erica Brendal: Peregrine at Tinicum harassing a Turkey Vulture.
Bonnie Witmer: Lots of Northern Flickers seen this winter by the Witmer's home, whereas last year there were many more Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
Matthew Halley: Common Mergansers and Buffleheads in groups along the Schuylkill at Valley Forge NP.

Trustee’s Report:
Chris Walters presented a complete report of the 'Unrestricted Fund'. The complete report is available for members to examine.

Main Program:
Paulo Boute presented "Birding in Brazil," which included a brief history of colonization and settlement in Brazil, followed by a slideshow of wildlife photographs taken during his tours in various parts of the country.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew R. Halley, Interim Secretary
(while George Armistead is in Florida for work)