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• Meetings are lively proceedings, with a featured speaker or a special forum as well as reports from the various committees, announcements, and general field notes.

Club meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA (Directions to the Academy). Bimonthly, on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., the season begins on the third Thursday of September and goes through the first Thursday in June.

January 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
126th Annual Members Meeting- Followed by Refreshments

Samuel Nicholson Rhoads
Courtesy of the Historical Society of Haddonfeld

Samuel Nicholson Rhoads
Courtesy of the Historical Society of Haddonfeld

Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, election of Fellows and Honorary Members, reports by the Treasurer and by the Trustees, and other matters of interest.

Bert Filemyr will do a short presentation on one of the founders of the DVOC - Samuel Nicholson Rhoads

We will then adjourn for socializing over snacks and drinks, organized by Bonnie and Phil Witmer.

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January 21, 2016
Lisa Smith - "Inpatient Care at Tri-State Bird Rescue"

Lisa Smith, Executive Director at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware, will present n overview of Tri-State's work in oil spill response and wild bird rehabilitation, with a focus on some of their more unusual patients and how their caseload tracks with population changes and irruptions.

Lisa Smith has been the executive director at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware since December 2011. Her association with Tri-State started in 1984, when she began volunteering while a high school student. She was on staff as a clinic supervisor from 1993-96 and served on the board of directors from 2009-2011. A bird lover from an early age, Lisa got her first pair of binoculars at age 11 and spent many hours watching birds in the rural backyard where she grew up. An enthusiastic birder, Lisa describes her skills as “intermediate” and enjoys observing behavior and interactions more than any other aspect of birding. Lisa received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in French from the University of Delaware.

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February 4, 2016
Bruce Beehler - "Exploring New Guinea’s Lost Worlds and Elusive Birds of Paradise"

In this popular lecture illustrated with still and video images, Smithsonian naturalist Bruce Beehler describes his nearly four decades of field study of the birds and rainforests of the great island of New Guinea. The presentation will feature a review of the remarkable diversity of the birdlife inhabiting New Guinea, as well as a focused look at the birds of paradise and the amazing plumages and behaviors of the various species in this unique bird family. In addition, the presentation will take the audience on a field expedition to the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea—one of the most isolated and untouched place on planet earth. The scientists on the three expeditions to the Foja’s suffered various hardships but came away with more than a hundred species of plants and animals new to science. This includes some of the most bizarre creatures on earth—a ‘lost’ bird of paradise, a golden-maned bowerbird unique to this tiny mountain range, a wattled honeyeater-bird that blushes when upset, an egg-laying spiny mammal without teeth, and a scary five-pound giant rat.
Bruce Beehler is an ornithologist and conservationist, and is currently a Research Associate in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and is focused on research and writing about nature and natural history.

Bruce Beehler has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve birds and their forest habitats. After conducting doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Beehler worked for ten years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, followed by stints at the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International, Conservation International, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Beehler is an elective Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, and has served on the boards of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), RARE, and the Livingston-Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy. Beehler has published ten books and authored scores of technical and popular articles about birds and nature. In 2007, Beehler was featured in a 60-Minutes piece highlighting an expedition he led to the Foja Mountains in the interior of New Guinea in which scores of new species of plants and animals were discovered. Today, Beehler carries out natural history exploration and field research focused mainly on wildlife and natural places in the USA.

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February 18, 2016
Joel T. Fry - "The “White Tail’d Buzzard”: New evidence for William Bartram’s Painted Vulture from Florida."

A survey of Bartram historical evidence and an exhaustive survey of the ornithological literature on William Bartram’s “Painted Vulture” (Vultur sacra of Travels) by the ornithologist Noel Snyder has produced strong evidence this bird existed in 18th c. Florida. It was observed by William Bartram in both 1765-1766 and again in 1773. And a published illustration from 1734 of a comparable bird held captive in London under the name “Warwovwen or Indian Vulture” also seems to confirm the onetime existence of this white-tailed vulture species or subspecies related to the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) of Central and South America.

Joel T. Fry has served as curator for Bartram’s Garden, the home of John and William Bartram in Philadelphia, PA, since 1992. He first became involved in archaeological research at Bartram’s Garden in 1975, and has participated in a number of archaeological and historic research projects at the garden site since. He studied anthropology, historical archaeology, and American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and has written extensively on the history of Bartram’s Garden and the Bartram family plant collections.

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March 3, 2016
Rick Wright - "Fire Under Glass: A Field Guide to the Hummingbirds of France"

Napoleon III and Eugénie spent a small fortune at the 1867 Universal Exposition in Paris. The chief beneficiary was the jeweler Léon Rouvenat, who was paid more than 25,000 francs for a hummingbird brooch of emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds. A murmur of admiration and envy swept Paris, and soon enough every wealthy lady was wearing hummingbird jewelry, either crafted of precious metals and jewels or made up of bits and pieces of the real thing. This act of imperial extravagance stands in a long Gallic tradition of fascination with hummingbirds, starting in the sixteenth century and continuing through the end of the nineteenth, when Parisian dealers imported and sold trochilid skins by the hundreds of thousands. Rick Wright explores the social, political, and scientific meaning of hummingbirds in French culture over the ages, and comes to some surprising insights into how, as Elliott Coues put it, these New World birds came “to suit the national genius” and to provide “objects of study peculiarly agreeable to French ornithologists” and emperors alike.

Rick Wright lives in Bloomfield, NJ, with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert. A native of southeast Nebraska, Rick studied French, German, Philosophy, and Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska before making a detour to Harvard Law School. He took the Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 1990, then spent a dozen years as an academic, holding successive appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Reader in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at Fordham University. Rick served as the editor of Winging It and as a department editor at Birding magazine from 2004 to 2008; he is now review editor for that same publication. A widely published writer, a popular lecturer at birding events, and an enthusiastic tour leader in Europe and the Americas, Rick is the author of the new ABA Guide to New Jersey Birds, the ABA Guide to Arizona Birds, and the forthcoming Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows. Rick leads Birds and Art tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours; his time afield with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, is documented in his blog, Birding New Jersey.

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March 24, 2016
A Special Gathering

On this date, members and friends of the DVOC gathered to remember our President Stev Kacir who passed away suddenly on March 22, 2016

April 7, 2016 6:30 pm
Spring Social: Let's go Birdering! Yes, Birdering.
Birdering and Beers, Upstairs at American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal Street Philadelphia PA 19146



Starting early at 6:30pm, we'll get together to grab some grub (sardines if you like), a beer and gab about what birds are around. We do plenty of birding and so it's time for some birdering; to take some time just to hang out. Come see your friends and make some new ones upstairs at the Sardine Bar.

April 21, 2016
Lisa Kiziuk - "Conservation Gone Wild! Boost Biodiversity While Building Healthier Communities"

Land preservation has often been thought of as protecting land from people, but now the conservation movement is embracing a different view-protecting land with and forpeople. As a result, innovative programs, such as WCT's Bird Conservation Program and the Community Agriculture Program have been developed to bridge the gap between the wild things and the needs of people, thereby facilitating land conservation. Land Trusts are in a unique position to build meaningful connections between people and land. You will learn how Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) has successfully developed gateways to conservation that are consistently reaching and inspiring new audiences in a more effective manner.

Lisa Kiziuk is Director of Bird Conservation at the Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT). As a federally licensed bird bander, she operates the Rushton Woods Bird Banding Station, which includes a migratory passerine program, a MAPS program, and a Northern Saw-whet Owl program. In addition to her education initiatives at WCT, Lisa is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in their graduate program of Environmental Science and frequently serves as a guest lecturer for local universities, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. Lisa has a Masters in Environmental Studies from UPenn and was presented with the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club in 2011 for her work in bird conservation.


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May 5, 2016
Members Night!


Enjoy a series of short presentations by clubs members a wonderful potpourri of topics. Members Katrina Rakowski, Patty Rehn, and Phil Witmer, and others will be presenters.

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May 19, 2016 7:30 pm
Ann Reeves - "Birding Honduras"

I've been birding seriously since 2010 and a DVOC member since 2012. In this time I've made many new friends and have gone on great birding adventures. In March of 2016 over fifteen DVOC members will be going to Honduras, staying at the renowned Lodge at Pico Bonito. I'll talk about some of the history of the lodge and the ruins of Honduras, and the great wild life. March is nesting season! The birds will be epic! People that have been there before have said that it's not only the birds that make this place special, but the reptiles and mammals are extraordinary, and the flora is breathtaking. Honduras has such a wide array of habitats, the possibilities of what we can see are endless. Come and enjoy some great stories and photos of this Central American gem.

Thursday June 2, 2016
"Kashi" Davis - "Hurricanes and Beach Nesting Birds - More Than Meets the Eye"

Christina "Kashi" Davis grew up in rural southwestern New Jersey with a dream to escape small town living. She worked for the National Park Service, National Forest Service and for academic institutions in California, Alaska and Virginia but a funny thing happened on her way to the gypsy life -- she realized just how much she loved New Jersey (I know, right?!). She circled back home and made her way through the state's seasonal job offerings - State Park Service, New Jersey Audubon and The Nature Conservancy. While working for TNC in 2001 she encountered Piping Plovers and it was like a light flipped. The following year she started working for NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program where she has been happily ensconced ever since. Her responsibilities include non-raptor coastal birds (beach nesting, long-legged waders, gulls, terns, seabirds, secretive marsh birds) which has given her a keen interest in how sea-level rise and climate change impact these species. She has her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and her master's degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.

She lives with her husband, Glen, and their two bunnies in Cape May Point, arguably the textbook example of small town living (funny how life works like that). She still has the travel bug, though, and she and Glen take trips near and far whenever they can, enjoying vacations throughout the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the south seas (in fact, she first met George Armistead as their Stewart Island ferries in New Zealand crossed paths). She is an avid runner and keeps a "run list" of birds she has seen/heard on runs. Her favorite bird on the list is an "albatross spp". and her nemesis bird is a Virgina Rail.



July 23, 2016 (Saturday) Starts at 1:00 pm (Note Change of Date)
Annual DVOC Picnic - Hosted by Anita and Paul Guris at their home.

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