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Minutes of the DVOC
November 5, 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.
Total present: 36 members and 3 guests were present.

The minutes of the 15 October 2015 meeting were approved as submitted.

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer noted there were three new applications.

Phil Witmer announced that Dave Long has opted to retire as editor of the club’s journal, and asked that everyone join him in thanking Dave for his excellent work on Cassinia. The search for a new editor is underway.

No report.

Youth Birding:
No report.

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.

Bob Billings Big Year:
No report.

George Armistead reported that the Conservation committee had decided to make an $800 donation from the conservation fund on behalf of the membership to Project Snowstorm.?Bonnie Witmer reported on the Altamont wind farm in California; some of the turbines will be decommissioned; this is a good thing.
Field Trips:
Tony Croasdale put out a plea for new leaders to help lead field trips. Phil Witmer and George Armistead joined him in encouraging others to host bird walks in their favorite birding areas.

Phil Witmer announced that Alvaro Jaramillo will be the speaker at the next meeting on Dec. 3rd, and reminded everyone that there is no meeting on the first Thursday of November, because we held the 125th Gala in October.

Trip Reports:
No report.

Gregg Gorton noted that Harry Armistead’s review of Scott McConnell’s book on Witmer Stone had recently appeared in The Auk. This was noteworthy as The Auk is the most prestigious ornithological journal, and here we had a DVOC member reviewing a book by a DVOC member about the DVOC’s most historically important member. It was announced that Bob Mercer is retiring and that there is a party for him upcoming.

Local Notes
George Armistead noted that earlier in the week he had seen a Wilson’s Warbler and a pair of Chimney Swifts at Heinz.

Paul Guris informed everyone on a fishing trip he undertook out of New York City that yielded sightings of several shearwaters and a late WISP.

Main Program
Kate Garchinsky – In Living Color: The Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.

Respectfully submitted,

George L. Armistead, Secretary