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2006 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 5, 2006, 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.
Orthithological Study- Art McMorris: 2005 Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season in PA
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Thursday January 19, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Frank Haas - "Adak, Gambling on Birds"
- A tour of Adak, Alaska, including its history and birdlife.
Ornithological Studies - Bert Filemyr - Bird Color Quiz,
Rick Mellon - Information for finding a Mountain Trogon
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Thursday February 2, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Robert DeCandido, PhD - "Asia Birds from West to East and Back Again"
- His work on birds in Thailand and Malaysia, including Borneo.
Ornithological Studies
- Chris Walters - Might Rival Species Share One Nest?,
Scott Fraser - “The Birds”
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Thursday February 16, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Keith L. Bildstein, PhD, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
"Raptor Migration in the Neotropics: Patterns and Consequences"
- A presentation of his work on raptor migration, and the impacts that it has had on species diversity that now exists in the Neotropics.
Ornithological Study - Adrian Binns - ID tips
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Thursday March 2, 2006, 7:30 pm
  David S. Wilcove
"Can We Really Save America's Endangered Species?"
Ornithological Study - Doris McGovern - Banding Studies with MAPS Protocol
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Thursday March 16, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Jeff Gordon
"Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges"
- Presentation of the recent book that helps readers through many of the more difficult identification problems in North America.
Ornithological Study - Connie Goldman - Forensic Identification
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Thursday April 6, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Paul Lehman
"Migrant and Vagrant Traps of North America"
Join us for this slide tour of North American migrant hot-spots, from eastern Newfoundland and the Dry Tortugas to the western Aleutians and the California coast--and everywhere in between. Discover what makes for a good migrant trap, when to visit and under what weather conditions, along with characteristic and special birds found at many of the sites.
Ornithological Study - Bert Filemyr - Total Ticks, What, Why and Who
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Thursday April 20, 2006, 7:30 pm
  Yoav Chudnoff
"Birding in Bulgaria".
Ornithological Study - Steve Kacir - Anting and Antibiotics
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Thursday May 4, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

George Armistead
"Real Birds Eat Squid (Sub-Antarctic Island Off New Zealand and Australia)"
Ornithological Study - Frank Windfelder - Lost World - Garden of Eden
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Thursday May 18, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Dr. Daniel Cristol, College of William & Mary
"Mercury Buildup Studies of Belted Kingfisher, Tree Swallow, and Screech Owl Populations"
Dr. Cristol will discuss his studies of mercury accumulation several common bird species. The talk will cover nesting behavior of these species, the effects environmental degradation may be having on them, and how these birds function as indicator species
World Series of Birding Report
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Thursday June 1, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

May Run Reports: This will be our annual round-up of May Run reports. Come and hear how different groups fared in their attempts to find as many species as possible. Anybody doing a big day is encouraged to send your results to Paul Guris as soon as possible.
They can be e-mailed to him in spreadsheet (preferred) or text format.
Ornithological Study - Bob Mercer - Block Busting
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Thursday July 6, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

The first of our three informal summer meetings.
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ
Program - Oregon 2006: Don Jones and other participants on the recent June DVOC Oregon trip will give a PowerPoint presentation on what turned out to be a memorable tour. There are some really great slides to share with everyone.
Ornithological Study - Migration at Palmyra - Frank Windfelder

Saturday July 29, 2006
 

Our annual picnic hosted by Paul and Anita Guris. Click here for details.
2006 Picnic Report

Thursday August 3, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

The second of our three informal summer meetings.
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ
Program - Birding with an iPod - Bert Filemyr
Ornithological Study - Summer Reading Club - Connie Goldman

Thursday September 7, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

The third of our three informal summer meetings
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
This is the third of our informal summer meetings. Please note that it is at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Informal Program: Paul Guris - Recent east coast pelagics

Ornithological Study - Scott Fraser - Latin Names

Thursday September 21, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Ornithological Study - Matt Sharp - Taxonomy of Sooty and Dusky Grouse
Don Freiday - "How to Mis-identify Birds Like an Expert"

Anyone can put the wrong name to a bird, but it takes an expert to make a truly awful call. Don Freiday, who claims to have been on winning teams in both the NJ World Series of Birding and the Great Texas Birding Classic, and whose misidentifications span 22 years, 25 states, and 5 countries, will tell you how and perhaps even why the experts do it, himself very much included.
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Thursday October 5, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Program: Don Jones - "The 38B Birding Trip - Birding in Belize"
Don will recount the adventures of a group of intrepid birders
in the lush and beautiful country of Belize. Come and see the birds,
habitats, lodges, and archeological wonders available to this very
accessible and "gringo friendly" birding destination.
There will also be a vote on the proposed Constitution/Bylaws changes
Activity for new members before the meeting.
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Thursday October 19, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Ornithological Study - Nickolas Haass - The Little Egret/Western Reef Heron complex
Program - Kevin Karlson
- "Shorebirds Made Simpler: A New, Exciting Approach to Birding"
This short program explores the stunning beauty and staggering physical journeys of shorebirds using photos that capture the essence of these global travelers. It also explains an initial impression based approach to identification used in Kevin’s new book, The Shorebird Guide (Houghton Mifflin, April 2006). With a short introduction to ‘Birding by Impression’ as it relates to all birds, Kevin will share this simpler approach to birding using shorebirds as an example.
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Thursday November 2, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Ornithological Study - Rob Hynson - Vagrants in Britain
Program - Rafael Galvez - "Hawks and Owls of Georgia"
Georgia is a mountainous country in the Caucasus region, and has been described as one of the “world’s 25 biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecosystems” (Conservation International), one of the “global vulnerable eco-regions” (WWF), and one of the “world’s endemic bird areas” (BirdLife International). This program will be presented by Rafael Galvez, one of the authors and the sole illustrator of "Raptors and Owls of Georgia". It will cover identification, natural history, and a migration that brings up to 100,000 birds to the region every year.
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Thursday November 16, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Annual Banquet - Click Here for more information
Speaker - Pete Dunne - Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory
2006 Banquet Report

Thursday December 7, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Program - Mary Gustafson - "Vagrant Hummingbirds in Eastern North America"
Once considered to be rarities in the East, there are now records for many species of western hummingbird from the Canadian Maritimes all the way down to Florida. Rufous Hummingbird is now expected each fall in a number of eastern states. Mary Gustafson will discuss the records, as well as banding and returns, of vagrant hummingbirds throughout eastern North America.
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Thursday December 21, 2006, 7:30 pm
 

Program - Scott Weidensaul - "Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul"
In 1955, naturalists Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher published their bestselling book Wild America, chronicling a now-legendary 30,000-mile trip across North America. Fifty years later, author Scott Weidensaul has retraced their epic journey, to see what we've gained and lost, and to catch a glimpse of what the future holds for wildlife and wild lands. From the great seabird cliffs of Newfoundland to the cypress swamps of Florida, from the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre in Mexico to lonely islands far out in the Bering Sea, Weidensaul searches out the wild heart of the continent - and finds it strong.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Living on the Wind, about migratory birds, and The Ghost With Trembling Wings, about the search for animals that may or may not be extinct. Weidensaul writes for such publications as Smithsonian, Audubon, Nature Conservancy and International Wildlife; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.

Ornithological Study - Northern Saw-whet Owl Migration, 2006 - Deborah Danila

As mentioned at the 2/21 meeting....
Green Plan Philadelphia www.greenplanphiladelphia.com
Laser lights for birders www.Z-bolt.com
Pennsylvania Birding Trails Initiative

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