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Minutes of the DVOC
April 16, 2015

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:36 PM.
Total present: 27 including 5 guests.
Navin Sasikumar
Britney (friend of Navin)
John Friedman
Michael Oates
Jeanne Covert
The minutes of the March 18 and Feb 18, 2015 meeting were approved as submitted.

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer reported that John Friedman has applied to be a new member and welcomed 4 new members: Liz Billing, Gabriel and Tova Hauser, and Bill Bolger.
No report.
No report.
Youth Birding:
No report.
Orn Studies:
Nikolas Haass reported on the mysterious storm-petrel known as Pelea lineata the “Polynesian Storm-Petrel”, giving a brief summary of sightings and findings about the taxonomy of it and the similar New Zealand Storm-Petrel.
New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.
Bob Billings Big Year:
No report.
George Armistead reminded folks that this Saturday at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is the Darby Creek clean-up. He also made note of the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology upcoming PA Bird Blitz to be held from June 19-22. He also gave synopsis of the Philadelphia Bird Race which will raise funds for Pennsylvania Audubon’s window strike project (to try and reduce bird collisions with city buildings), and the DVOC New Bins for New Birders project and the DVOC Intern Fund. He urged people to participate and donate if possible. To find more information see the website:
He also mentioned the upcoming Delaware Bird-a-thon to take place in Delaware from May 2-10, a project that has preserved vast amounts of beach habitat, critical for migrating shorebirds, in particular the Red Knot. To find more information see the website:
Field Trips:
Matt Halley reminded folks of the upcoming field trips on April 18, including one led by Lynn Jackson to Coastal Delaware, another to Wister Woods led by Tony Croasdale and David Hewitt, and another to West Laurel Hill Cemetery led by Gregg Gorton. Matt also announced another field trip this same day at Glen Foerd at 10am that he will lead. On May 9th there is a scheduled BirdPhilly walk for which a leader is still needed.
Steve Kacir noted that on May 7 Dr. Jason Weckstein of the Academy’s ornithology department will give a talk titled, “An Ornithological Expedition To The Most Endangered Amazonian Area Of Endemism: The Belem Center Of Endemism”.
Trip Reports:
No report.


Bert Filemyr gave a quick overview of the DVOC Awards. He noted that at today’s meeting the 2011 Witmer Stone Award winner Nikolas Haass was present, and that due to Nikolas’ move to Australia, the club had been unable to award him the $50 check that goes to award winners. Today Bert presented the check to Nikolas.

Local Notes:

Matt Halley has been out birding Cresheim Creek seeing Louisiana Waterthrush, Pine Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and other birds.

Phil and Bonnie Witmer enjoyed seeing a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in the Wissahickon today.

Bert Filemyr posed the question as to whether spring migration might be moving along more slowly after the long frigid winter; or not? Matt Halley responded that he had looked into this question a bit and that it seems to depend on the bird species involved, but that often a mild spring leads to slower, prolonged migration as birds can take their time fueling up. Art McMorris also pointed out that in the latter scenario they might risk missing out on establishing a territory if they were too leisurely in their migration.
Win Shafer had a new yard bird today with a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Main Program

Michael Oates gave his talk on Red Knots and migrating shorebirds called "Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey".


The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.
Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary