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Minutes of the DVOC
October 16, 2014

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
Total present:
13 members plus 9 guests were present. Guests included:
Charles Bruder
Janet Edelmann
Martha Walsh
Lena Hunt
Laura Huber
Jack Creighton
Sally Creighton
Paige Menton
Alex Malamy

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer: No report.
Conservation Committee
Phil Witmer: The PA Senate passed House Bill 1565 by vote of 27 to 22, which will roll back the requirement that developers maintain a stream buffer of 150 ft for streams of high quality. It will now go back to the House for concurrence before it moves to Corbett's desk. Everyone is urged to contact their PA House representative and voice opposition to this bill.
Programs (Steve Kacir)
Next meeting will feature Witney Wiest, who will talk about Mid-Atlantic saltmarshes and their unique biota, and how these natural spaces are threatened by climate change.
Field Trips
Oct 18: Tuckerton: Tony and Steve Kacir will attempt to replicate Frank Windfelders saltmarsh trip, with target species being Nelson's Sparrow (all three field identifiable subspecies!), Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow. Bring your muckboots!
Nov 1: Saw-whet Owl banding trip. Phil Witmer reports that Scott Weisensaul is expecting a better than average year for Saw-whets. There is a maximum limit of attendees for this trip, so sign up soon!
Barbara Granger: New issue will cover 2010-2014, in the editing stage.
DVOC Banquet
Barbara Granger: 23 people have already signed up. Also, please submit your photos of birding activities (photos with people!) for use in the banquet presentation.
No report.
Youth Birding:
No report.
Orn Studies:
No report.
New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.
Bob Billings Big Year:
Art McMorris: Only two months left, but it's not too early to sign up for next year!

Steve Kacir: solicited photographs for the DVOC photograph contest and reminded everyone about the deadline. A motion was passed to ban Patty Rehn from the photo contest, because she always wins.
Gregg Gorton: LSU held their “big day” fundraiser two days ago in Peru, and they broke the world record for most bird species identified in a single day. Gregg authored an article in Birding about the team that has been distributed worldwide. Members are encouraged to watch Scott Robinson's 30-minute talk online about the big day. They also raised a lot of money from corporate donors like Tobasco, Eagle Optics, etc.
Mike O'Brien: Bluebird houses are available to raise money for Holy Family Home.
Phil Witmer: The 2nd Atlas of Breeding Birds of Pennsylvania is being offered at a 25% discount to Audubon chapters.

Local Notes:
Matthew Halley: A female Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warblers, in Fairmount Park near Smith Playground
Jack & Sally Creighton participated in the Big Sit at John Heinz NWR. All birds were observed from the top deck of the observation platform. There were 88 species seen, which broke the previous record for the event.
Bert Filemyr: There was also a Big Sit at Cape May - 150 species! Richard Crossley found a young male Vermillion Flycatcher at the Beanery. It was the second record for New Jersey.
Linda Widdop: Cape May Warbler at her home in the Villas this week, and a bird that was the “shape of a shrike” at Corvin City.

Main Program
Steve and Laura Huber - "Birding the Glades"

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Matthew R. Halley, Interim Secretary
(while George Armistead is in South Africa on an ABA birding trip!)