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Minutes of the DVOC
December 17, 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

The minutes from 3 December, and 5 November were submitted and approved.
Total present: 24
Guests included:
Allan Simon
Britney Stewart

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer noted there were three new member applications from David J. Wilbur, Maryann O’Leary, and a joint one from Stephen Freed and Jill Mortenson.

Barbara Granger noted that Matt Halley is the new editor, and has invited members to volunteer for editorial board.

No report.

Youth Birding:
No report.

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
Steve Kacir noted that a new application was received and was being forwarded on to the Gurises.

Bob Billings Big Year:
Art McMorris announced that it is not too soon to sign up for 2016 Billings Competition.

Art McMorris reported on the 2016 nominations. The nominating committee consists of Art, Barbara Granger, Anita Guris, and George Armistead. The nominations to be voted on at the annual meeting on January 7th are:
President: Steve Kacir
Vice President: George Armistead
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Treasurer: Bert Filemyr

Also Council has two members cycling off; they are Tony Croasdale and Barbara Granger. The nominees to replace them are Holly Merker and Jason Weckstein.

George Armistead noted that the East Park Reservoir/Discovery Center had held its launch celebration this past Tuesday. Mayor Nutter was on hand along with DVOC members Keith Russell and Jan Gordon, both of whom have been instrumental in this project. Members should take pride in knowing the club provided significant support to this great project that will benefit the whole city.
"The Discovery Center" - a 50-acre, Outward Bound/National Audubon Society lake-and-woodlands paradise where, beginning next summer, thousands of Philly kids can feel their spirits soar on the high ropes course.”

Upcoming Field Trips:
No report.

Bonnie Witmer noted the upcoming annual meeting on January 7th at Jenkins Arboretum. It is an anarchist potluck where folks should bring a little something to share.

Trip Reports:
George Armistead reported on the December 12th field trip to Cape May on Sunday, which had 7 members, with highlights including a Razorbill and an Ash-throated Flycatcher. George also reported on the trip to Heinz, with Wyncote Audubon, led by George, Martin Selzer and special guest Alvaro Jaramillo. There were about 40 participants, and there was lots of waterfowl including a nice Brewer’s Duck, which is a Mallard x Gadwall hybrid.

Navin Sasikumar reported on a BirdPhilly field trip he guided to Morris Park, that featured a good array of raptors including nice sightings of Red-tailed Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk.

George Armistead announced that he has a new book out, published by Princeton Press, titled Better Birding. He will bring copies to sell for $30/book at the Annual Meeting on Jan 7th. If you’d like to buy one, give him your name, and he’ll bring a copy, and he is happy to sign them. Currently the book is a #1 new release in natural history on Amazon.

Erica Brendel brought buttons for those voting for Bernie Sanders that say, “Another birder voting for Bernie.”

Mike O’Brien is offering Bluebird boxes for sale for $35 for the larger ones, and $25 for the little gray ones.

George Armistead also noted that somebody left a brown plaid fleece at Cherry Street after the last meeting. Contact George if that is yours.

Local Notes
Bonnie Witmer reported a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers in their yard.
Gregg Gorton informed on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Bala Cynwyd, that now crosses the Manayunk Bridge, ending in Manayunk, which is a nice scenic walk. Gregg saw a Northern Harrier from it last week, and the trail offers great vistas for birding.

Steve Kacir reported a Pomarine Jaeger from Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Marty Dellwo told everyone about the progress of the Delaware River Trail at Pennypack on the Delaware, and how there is new signage there.

Rick Mellon alerted folks that Devich Farbotnik had been birding at Cape Ann in Massachusetts and seen Great and Manx Shearwaters from shore.

Main Program
Steve Kacir hosted DVOC Photo Night.

Results of the Photo Contest:

Peregrine Award (Overall Best In Show):
Rob Hynson (White-rumped Sandpiper)

Bird Category:
Honorable Mention: Rob Hynson (Sandhill Crane), Scott Fraser (Wild Turkey)
Third Place: Adrian Binns (Sandhill Cranes)
Second Place: Todd Fellenbaum (Marbled Godwit)
First Place: Todd Fellenbaum (Dusky Grouse)

Fauna Category:
Third Place: George Armistead (Red Squirrel)
Second Place: Rob Hynson (Water Python)
First Place: Todd Fellenbaum (Red Fox)

Flora Category:
No Third Place
Second Place: Kevin Vaughn (Rose)
First Place: Barb Bassett (Tulips)

Third Place: Barb Eliot (Bear Creek Lake, Jim Thorpe, PA)
Second Place: Anne Bekker (Outside Zion National Park)
First Place: Barb Bassett (“Snow Light” Cape May Lighthouse in a Blizzard)

Third Place: Rick Mellon (Merce & the Great Peking Duck Rescue)
Second Place: Marvin Hyett (“Let me see”)
First Place: George Armistead (Steve Howell leads a group at Camp Avocet)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:41pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.
Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary