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2005 MEETINGS / PROGRAMS

•All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend functions of the DVOC.

•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.

•All meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA beginning at 7:30 pm. Directions to the Academy


Thursday January 6, 2005, 7:30 pm
 ANNUAL MEETING to be followed by refreshments. Election of officers and new Council members and Fellows. Review of the area’s Christmas Count results, looking for surprises, trends, etc.
Ornithological Studies - Newly-discovered Bird Species - Anita Guris
Images from this meeting
Minutes of this meeting
Thursday January 20, 2005, 7:30 pm
 ADRIAN BINNS – “Bharatpur: India’s Bird Paradise and Crown Jewel of Asia.” Come hear our President describe this premier wetland, the former hunting grounds of the maharajahs and British nobility, and wintering ground of the Siberian Crane. Over 130 species nest at Bharatpur, and Adrian’s images will introduce us to them.
Ornithological Studies - Northern / Loggerhead Shrike ID - Adrian Binns
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Thursday, February 3, 2005, 7:30 pm
 RANDY LITTLE – “For the Birds: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods.” A trustee of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Randy Little will educate us on the nation’s foremost center of bird study and research, where DVOC’s principal World Series competitors – the Cornell WSB team – annually raise over $100,000 for ornithology in one World Series weekend. Click here to access Randy's website.
Ornithological Studies - Delaware River Oil Spill presented by Erika Scarborough (John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge) and Eileen Gilbert (Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research)
Minutes of this meeting
Thursday, February 17, 2005, 7:30 pm
 PROF. MARTIN WIKELSKI– “Migration of Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes.” Martin Wikelski teaches at Princeton University and has done groundbreaking field research on whether our migrating thrushes use more energy foraging for food or more energy flying south. Will his talk reveal a surprising conclusion?
Ornithological Studies - 2004 Saw-whet Owl Banding Season - Deborah Danila
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Thursday, March 3, 2005, 7:30 pm
 CAROLEE CAFFREY, "Effects of West Nile Virus on Crows and Other Wildlife". Currently with Audubon Science, Carolee is a researcher and field expert on West Nile Virus's impact on American Crows. She will recount the American Crow's struggle with this modern threat to its survival, and discuss the virus' effect on other wildlife as well.
Ornithological Studies - Owl Feet and Hunting Methods - Art McMorris
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Thursday, March 17, 2005, 7:30 pm

 MARTIN SELZER and JANE HENDERSON, "A Birding Adventure in the Yukon Territory" Let's travel the Yukon frontier from Whitehorse to Inuvik, seeing birds, subarctic wilderness, Mackenzie River Delta, Dempster Highway, and Dawson City.
Ornithological Studies - Dark-Backed Gulls- Nikolas Haass
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Thursday, April 7, 2005, 7:30 pm
 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Members are offered a rare "insider's view" of the Library at the Academy of Natural Sciences. A limit of 25 members will be permitted for this tour. Robert McCracken ("Bob") Peck, Senior Fellow and Librarian of the Academy and our speaker of the evening, will display and explain some of the fabulous items in the Library--original materials that belonged to Alexander Wilson, Lewis & Clark, John James Audubon, Mark Catesby, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and--of special note-- John Gould. DVOC has not done such a library tour for at least 25 years.
Regular Meeting
BOB PECK " John Gould and His World". John Gould was a taxidermist, artist and entrepreneur of extraordinary ability and dimension. Though self-taught, he created over 40 illustrated books on the birds and mammals of the world. Many of his 3000 natural history illustrations for which he was responsible rank among the finest ever produced. Bob's talk will place Gould in a broad historical context, explaining his relationship to some of the 19th century's most interesting figures, including Charles Darwin, the nonsense poet Edward Lear, and the British Royal family. This talk will also set the stage for that to be given to DVOC on June 2 by Clem Fisher of Liverpool England, who will focus our attention on the Australian bird work done by John Gilbert, one of Gould's assistants."
Ornithological Studies - Palmyra Bird Census 2005 - Frank Windfelder
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Thursday, April 21, 2005, 7:30 pm
 PAUL TEBBEL and MICHAEL FORSBERG---"Sandhill Cranes: Understanding Crane Communication". April 21 promises to be a special evening at DVOC. Come learn how the sandhills talk to each other, and what their sounds actually mean, as presented by Paul Tebbel, Director for the last 10 years of the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary by the Platte River in Nebraska. Every March, 500,000 sandhill cranes mass on the Platte during spring migration. Paul will be joined by fellow Nebraskan Michael Forsberg, author-photographer of a new masterpiece on sandhills entitled "On Ancient Wings". An award-winning photo-journalist, Mike's photos will show us how the Great Plains are as subtlely beautiful as the Rockies. Copies of "On Ancient Wings" will be available, and Mike is willing to do autographs for any purchasers.
Minutes of this meeting
Thursday, May 5, 2005, 7:30 pm
 DR. ALIZA BALTZ, "Report on Zoo's Micronesian Kingfisher Success and Other Captive Breeding Bird Programs". Let's hear about the Philadelphia Zoo's latest steps in its breeding bird programs for endangered species, like the Guam Rail and Micronesian Kingfisher. Aliza is Curator of Birds at the Zoo.
Ornithological Studies - Peregrine Falcon Head Patterns - Connie Goldman
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Thursday, May 19, 2005, 7:30 pm
 DR. ROBERT CURRY, "Conservation Ecology of Island-Endemics (the Mimids--Mockingbirds and their Allies)". Associate Professor of Ornithology at Villanova, Bob is back by popular demand and may sneak in a word or two--especially if asked--about his involvement with the recent discovery of the Cozumel Thrasher, long believed extinct until now.
World Series of Birding Report - Paul Guris, Bert Filemyr
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Thursday, June 2, 2005, 7:30 pm
 DR. CLEMENCY FISHER, "Australian Birds in Philadelphia and Other Unexpected Places: A Tribute to John Gould's Assistant, John Gilbert". Clem Fisher, resident of Great Britain, is one of the world's experts on Australian birds and their great illustrator, John Gould. She will address the Club during one of her occasional visits to the United States.
Report on Big Day Runs
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Thursday, July 14, 2005, 7:30 pm (note date change)
INFORMAL SUMMER MEETING
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ
 Please note special location for this meeting! Map
Various topics including Adrian Binns on Cory Shearwaters.
Orthithological Study - Nikolas Haass - The American and European Magpie Puzzle
Thursday, August 4, 2005, 7:30 pm
INFORMAL SUMMER MEETING
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ
 Please note special location for this meeting! Map
Dr.Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of PA. Audubon, "New Initiatives by PA Audubon in SE PA and a discussion of the East Park Reservoir Project"
Orthithological Study - Paul Guris - Winter Alcids Off Our Coast
Thursday, September 1, 2005, 7:30 pm
INFORMAL SUMMER MEETING
 

At the Academy of Natural Sciences
Discussion subjects to be announced
Orthithological Study- Nikolas Haass: Recent and Impending Taxonomic Changes

Thursday, September 22, 2005, 7:30 pm
Please note date change for this meeting!
ADRIAN BINNS - Kenya: A Recent Adventure
 Our current president will spin stories and show pictures related to his recent Kenya adventure.
Orthithological Study- Chuck Hetzel - Juvenile Shorebird ID
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Thursday, October 6, 2005, 7:30 pm
DAVID BRINKER, "Saw-whet Owls".
 Back by popular demand is Dave Brinker, whose field studies of the northern Goshawk entertained us in the past, this time to prepare us for a November trip to see Scott Weidensaul's Saw-whet banding operation,
Orthithological Study- Colin Campbell: Birder’s Quiz
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Thursday, October 20, 2005, 7:30 pm
GEORGE ARMISTEAD, "Birding Southern Argentina: the Pampas, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego"
 

Come hear our own DVOC member give us highlights of trips he's led for Field Guides to the bottom side of the the Western Hemisphere.
Orthithological Study- Matt Sharp: Vagrant Western Hummingbirds
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Thursday, November 3, 2005, 7:30 pm
SAM FRIED, "Eastern Australia Birding"
 Continuing our tour of other avifaunas, what do you know about the birds of Australia?
Orthithological Study- Colin Campbell: Greater and Lesser Snow Goose
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Thursday, November 17, 2005
Annual Banquet - Featured Speakers: Michael Male and Judy Fieth
 

Michael and Judy will feature a jewel in the American desert, the Bitter Lake NWR. Their talk is entitled " A Year in the Desert--Birds (and Pupfish) of the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge". Come see some of the greatest outdoor videographers of our time showing us their latest work.
Complete information on the banquet is available by Clicking here.
Banquet Highlights

Thursday, December 1, 2005
SCOTT BARNES - Senior Naturalist, Sandy Hook (NJ) Bird Observatory
 

"The Birds and Happenings at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory". What do you know about this, the newest Bird Observatory in the mid-Atlantic states? Do you know what research is going on there? What hot birds appear there regularly? Do you know about Natco Lake and Coneskonk Point nearby? Come hear Scott Barnes, on the ground there full-time, give us all the answers.
Ornithological Study- Carl Perry: A Forensic Approach to the Presence of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers
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Thursday, December 15, 2005
MEMBERS' PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHT
 

Renewing an ancient tradition, bring in your best. Duke it out with traditional top gun Steve Kerr for a prize. Categories will be Birds, Birders, Flora & Fauna, and Landscapes.
Ornithological Study- Adrian Binns - Gynandromorphy
Minutes of this meeting
2005 Members' Photography Night Results
2003 Member's Photography Night Results

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