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Minutes of the DVOC Meeting for March 15th, 2001

The meeting was called to order by President Ron French.
38 members and 4 guests were present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Committee Reports:

Jane Henderson reports that the next deadline for the next Larus is April 15th, and it will include a pledge sheet for the bird-a-thon.

Jan Gordon's would have pledge sheets for the bird-a-thon at the next meeting.

Ornithological Studies:
Chuck Hetzel reports that the Academy will be installing their new cabinets soon, and the restoration project at the Schuylkill Center will be starting soon.

Field Trips:
Despite a rough day, Paul Guris' March 11th Cape May Pelagic, produced high numbers of Razorbills and Oldsquaws, and low numbers of Gannets and Kittiwake's. A Humpback Whale was seen breaching.
Scouting for the March 31st Mannington Marsh field trip Frank Windfelder promises bathrooms and blackbirds, ice cream and Ruff!

Colin Campbell announced the following program line up:

April 5th - Shawneen Finnegan: "How to REALLY look at birds".

April 19th - Alice Doolittle: "Status, Trends and Recovery efforts for the Piping Plover"

May 3rd - Nate Rice: "An avifaunal survey of the Acari Mountains in southern Guyana".

May 17th - Leo Joseph: "How DNA helps us see what we don't see when we see birds; examples from cuckoos and flycatchers".

June 7th - Pete Bacinski: "Butterflies of New Jersey".

And a reminder that fall programs will start on Sept 20th with Sam Freid.

There were no reports from Archives, Cassinia, Checklist or Website.


Ron French thanked Bob Mercer for the stella job with the Book Auction. It brought in over $400.
He also had received a letter from Chris Walters along with a check for $3, 490.41for earnings from investments in our Endowment Fund.

Sandy Sherman announced that the Bird Club of Delaware County had Pete Dunne as their speaker Wednesday.

Local Notes:

Don Jones had 17 Harlequins, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Razorbill, 30+ Common Loons and 1 Red-throated Loon at Barnegat Light. A black morph Rough-legged Hawk was also seen at Manahawkin.

Ron French's Peace Valley owl walk produced Long-eared, Screech, Great Horned, and 3 Short -eared Owls. Also at PV, 100's of Common Merganser, and 2 Iceland Gull's.

On the 11th in his backyard, Joe Majdan played a Screech Owl tape without luck, and then tried his luck with a Saw-whet tape, and lo-and-behold a Saw-whet responded. Woodcock were also in the yard and a large flock of 60+ Turkeys were on Forest Rd including an albino Tom.

During the March 2-4th weekend in Ontario, Bert Filemyr's group managed to sandwich all the northern owls between a white Gyr Falcon and Grey Partridges.

Al Bilheimer reported 600 Common Mergansers, 35 Ruddy Ducks and 1000's of Grackles at Core Creek Park.

Ward Dasey's Florence Gull workshop produced a close glaucodies w/ completely white primaries and amber eyes….(love is in the air).


The evening's program was on "Bird Songing" presented by Daniel Edelstein.

Respectfully submitted,

Adrian Binns


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