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Minutes of the DVOC
October 15, 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:29 PM.
Total present:
34 attendees were present. Guests included: speaker Greg George.

The minutes of the Oct 1st 2015 meeting were approved as submitted.

Committee Reports

Fred Lambert is now a member and Lucia S. Shen is a new applicant for membership.
Phil Witmer noted that Dave Long has resigned as editor of Cassina, and thanked Dave for his dedicated service to the club and its journal. The Club now stands in need of assistance with editing the journal, and we still are trying to fill the photo editor position.
Barbara Granger also appealed to those present, saying that as one of the journal’s editors she has enjoyed it. It’s been fun for her and rewarding to learn more about birds, read the stories, and learn more about the club too.
No report.
Youth Birding:
No report.
Orn Studies:
No report.
New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.
Bob Billings Big Year:
No report.
Members of the executive council, Phil Witmer, Bert Filemyr, and George Armistead met with refuge manager Lamar Gore at Heinz National Wildlife Refuge along with past council member Todd Fellenbaum to discuss water level management strategy at the refuge. Another meeting is planned for June to try and strategize best about how to benefit the migrant shorebirds that pass through the refuge.
Field Trips:
Phil Witmer encouraged folks to volunteer to lead trips, noting that one not need be an expert birder to lead trips but only to know the birds well enough, and be a good host.
Steve Kacir noted that the next meeting would feature speaker, Kate Garchinsky who will present a talk titled: In Living Color: The Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Next up on Dec 3rd is Alvaro Jaramillo with "Weird things are happening – Gulls, Birding and the Asian Invasion." Then on Dec. 17th its photo night! Note that Oct 21st is deadline for submissions. There is no need to compete, but members are encouraged to attend and even share images that are not necessarily for competition.
Phil Witmer noted that the 125th Anniversary Gala had just passed and was a spectacular event. Committee chair Anita Guris and those who assisted her are to be commended for their efforts in bringing off a wonderful, memorable DVOC event. Speakers Pat and Clay Sutton gave a brilliant talk detailing the history of the club. Dr. Nate Rice and Jason Weckstein made study skins available of rare, extinct and historic available for viewing.
Trip Reports:
Matt Halley reported on the BirdPhilly walk to the Delaware River Trail on October 15. Ten new attendees joined the walk seeing Palm Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and more. Tony Croasdale is now doing Thurs morning walks at the tree house in the Wissahickon. Matt noted that the Big Sit at Heinz Refuge netted 72 species including bell-ringers such as Red-headed Woodpecker, Wilson’s Snipe, Black-crowned Night-Heron and the continuing Anhinga. All were new for the cumulative Big Sit list for Heinz.

Linda Widdop noted that the upcoming October See Life Paulagics trip is still not filled. Contact Paul and Anita Guris for info on that trip which is out of Cape May on Oct. 25-26.

Phil Witmer noted that Christopher Duke at Washington State University has a new free app for mac users, and is search of beta-testers. Mr. Duke can be reached at:

Local Notes:
Mick Jeitner mentioned that while birding in his backyard in Levittown he had seen 41 Wood Ducks, and 6 sparrow species. Another person reported a leucistic Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Island Beach State Park. Barbara Grangers noted that Katrina Rakowski continues to find lots of window strikes at Temple University, and she preserves them and brings them to the collection at ANSP. Joe Hudson found a Connecticut Warbler at the pollinator garden in Fairmount Park a couple weeks ago. Matt Halley has been seeing lots of migrants at Bartram’s Garden including lots of Hermit Thrushes and some Black-throated Green Warblers too. Linda Widdop has a late Northern Waterthrush in her yard, and also a Red-shouldered Hawk, about 65 Chipping Sparrows, 40+ Palm Warblers, and a Blue-headed Vireo. Bert Filemyr reminded everyone to watch your hummers, keep your hummingbird feeders filled. Already a Rufous Hummingbird has been banded this fall in Pennsylvania.

Main Program
Greg George presented his talk titled: The Cerulean Warbler, a Migrant in Decline, Population Status and Conservation in Eastern Pennsylvania.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:18pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.

Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary