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Minutes of the DVOC
May 21, 2015

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Vice President Steve Kacir called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.
Total present:
26 members and 5 guests were present.
The newest members joining the club include:

Meredith Mann
Katrina Rachowski
Tom Lincoln
Tracy Steen

Committee Reports
No report.
Dave Long brought copies of the new Cassinia for members to pick up.
No report.
Youth Birding:
No report.
Orn Studies:
No report.
New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.
Bob Billings Big Year:
No report.
George Armistead reported on the recently concluded Philadelphia Bird Race. Birders from around the city and in the Greater Philadelphia Area participated in many Big Green Hours, Big Days, and a photo contest during the 10-day event raising hundreds of dollars for conservation. Over 200 people participated in the inaugural event which raised money for window strikes and the intern fund for the ornithology department at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Field Trips:
Bob Horton reported on a field trip led by Matt Halley on May 16th at Carpenter’s Woods, during which about 30 folks were present, and Ann Reeves found Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest, and they saw a good variety of warblers.
He noted that upcoming were field trips to Mt. Moriah Cemetery on May 29th, and 6/6 Houston Meadow on June 6th, and Lakehurst on June 9th.
Steve Kacir noted the upcoming meeting on June 6th at Stony Brook Mill Stone Watershed which starts at 9am that Saturday. And he reminded folks of the DVOC picnic on June 20th to be held at Green Lane Park, hosted by Anita and Paul Guris.
Matt Halley noted an alternative BirdPhilly event in the works, at the American Philosophical Society coming up in October during which he will deliver a talk on “Thomas Jefferson, the ornithologist”.
Mick Jeitner announced that he has an extra copy of Bird Studies at Old Cape May by Witmer Stone that he is selling for $400 of which ½ of sales go to DVOC.
Steve Kacir noted that member Scott McConnell’s book on Witmer Stone is well worth the read; and you can buy it easily on the internet. He also reminded folks that the DVOC’s 125th Anniversary and Grand Gala will be held Oct. 10th, at ANSP.
Local Notes
Erica Brendel was at Carpenter’s Woods and noted 3 recently fledged Eastern Screech-Owls, and she saw the owlets being fed by adults, both of which were red morphs.
Bert Filemyr was at Cape May at Coral Ave. for a great seawatching experiences seeing Parasitic Jaeger, Sooty Shearwater and more. Nearby at Stipson Island there was both a White Ibis and a calling Black Rail.
Linda Rowan was at the Cape May Wetlands Institute and noted that the new walkway is good for seeing Clapper Rails.

Marty Dellwo heard a Blackpoll Warbler at his place today and also saw American Goldfinch and Blue Jay.
Matt Halley has been seeing lots of Gray-cheeked Thrushes, and Bert also noted quite a few while out in Ohio at Magee Marsh.

Steve Kacir saw a Swainson’s Thrush at Van Pelt Library, and a Gray-cheeked while on the Philly Bird Race, and saw a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Barbadoes Island, in Norristown.

Dave Long was at Bowman’s Hill and enjoyed great views of a Barred Owl.

Main Program
Justin Jaworski - "Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls"

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.
Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary