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•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.

Club meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning the third Thursday of September through the first Thursday in June. Unless otherwise arranged, all meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA beginning at 7:30 pm. (Directions to the Academy) Less formal summer meetings are held the first Thursday in July, August, and September.

Thursday January 4, 2007, 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 - Sorting Out White-crowned Sparrows Subspecies - Jane Henderson
Recipes for Chili and Cheese Dip by Anita Guris
Pictures from the meeting
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Thursday January 18, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Jeff Gordon - "The 10 Greatest Birds of the Last 30 Years"
Jeff will present his list of the ten most interesting and influential
reported North American bird sightings over the past 30 years.
Ornithological Study - Report on Progress on the East Park Reservoir Project - Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director of PA Audubon
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Thursday February 1, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Andy Smith - "Birds and Other Wildlife of the Pantanal" Photographs from his September '06 visit to this unique region of Brazil.
Ornithological Study - The Isle of May ... or maybe not - Colin Campbell
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Thursday February 15, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Dan Mummert - "Conservation of Barn Owls in Pennsylvania"
Presentation on the Game Commission's Barn Owl program, including information on distribution, habitat requirements, and nest boxes
Ornithological Study - New Pelagic Boundaries - Paul Guris
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Thursday March 1, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Wayne Laubscher - "Grey Ghosts and Other Northern Owls"
Northern Owls and other winter visitors in Ontario and Algonquin Park.
Ornithological Study - Recent Pelagic Results - Paul Guris
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Thursday March 15, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Mark Garland - "Tropical Birds Do the Coolest Things"
A discussion of the interesting behaviors of some of the birds in the tropics.
Ornithological Study - Poisonous Birds - Steve Kacir
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Thursday April 5, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Book Auction
Click here for auction information

No Ornithological Study
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Thursday April 19, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - David La Puma - "Radar Ornithology"
David will discuss his work on using radar to track migration in real-time.
Ornithological Study
- Art McMorris - Eavesdropping on Alarm Calls
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Thursday May 3, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program -Blake Mathys - "Great Kiskadees in Bermuda and Trinidad"
Blake will discuss his graduate work on the disparate island
populations of Great Kiskadee on Bermuda and Trinidad.
Ornithological Study
- Raja Stevenson - What's in a name?

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Thursday May 17, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Eric Stiles - "Shorebird Conservation on the Delaware Bay: Glass Half Full or Broken?"
Eric Stiles, Vice President for Conservation and Stewardship for NJ Audubon, will explore the two decades of science and conservation
efforts on Delaware Bay shorebirds and horseshoe crabs and look ahead
to the likelihood of success.
World Series of Birding Report
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Thursday June 7, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - May Run Reports
The June 7 meeting will be our annual May Run Roundup. Paul Guris in now accepting reports from groups and individuals who did some form of organized big day in May, or perhaps even somebody who just kept track of a particularly good day of migration.
If you have Excel available to you, please use the provided spreadsheet as your reporting form.
Click here for the spreadsheet (Choose "Save". Once you have saved the spreadsheet to your computer, fill it out and then email it to Paul Guris)
Enter your data as follows:

Team Name: Descriptive name for your team.
Date: Date of your big day
Species Count: Total species seen (will be checked by the spreadsheet)
Area Covered, Highlights, Lowlights: Describe the geographic area covered. A list of major birding locations is all that is needed.
Tell of any highlights (e.g. "we saw a Harpy Eagle taking a poodle in Delaware County") or lowlights (e.g. "we managed to miss House Sparrow at all 7 McDonald's where we had it staked out"). Any other notes of interest should go in this section.
Species Checklist: Check off the birds you found using the checkmark symbol found on Mute Swan in the list. There are slots for write-in birds at the end of the list. PLEASE DO NOT INSERT ROWS IN THE LIST!
Paul plans on copying the entire block of checkmarks and dropping it into his master spreadsheet and inserting rows will completely mess it up.
If you do not have Excel available, simply provide the above data in any format (preferably electronic) you can. To submit your forms or if you have any questions, please contact Paul Guris by e-mail.
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Thursday July 5, 2007, 7:30 pm

The first of our three informal summer meetings.
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ

Adrian Binns - Florida's Introduced Exotic Birds
Ornithological Study - Adrian Binns - "Odd Chickadee Behavior? Or just plain Normal?"

Saturday July 21, 2007

Our annual picnic hosted by Paul and Anita Guris. Details coming soon.
2007 Picnic Report
2006 Picnic Report

Thursday August 2, 2007, 7:30 pm

The second of our three informal summer meetings.
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, Palmyra NJ

Program - Sarah Thorp "The Delaware River Trail Project in Philadelphia"

Saturday September 8, 2007, 10:00 am

Held at the Philadelphia Zoo!
The third of our three informal summer meetings.
We will meet at the Shelly Gate at 10 am. (The Shelly Gate is at the opposite end of the lot from the Zoo Balloon.) We will enter as a group and admission is free. (Courtesy of the Conservation and Education Departments.) Club member Wendy Lenhart has arranged her schedule to tour us around the bird department a bit and can promise close looks at the Southern Ground Hornbills and Andean Condors at the very least. She will again coordinate some additional animal feedings. More details as available. Consider joining the field trip to East Park Reservoir held before this meeting (7:30 am - 9:30 am)

Thursday September 20, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Pete Bacinski - "Montana: The Last Best Place"
Ornithological Studies - What’s the Logic of Eclipse Plumage
in Ducks?
- Art McMorris
Invitation for Newer Members
A special invitation to our newer DVOC members! We are offering again an opportunity to tour the Ornithology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tour to take place on September 20th, at 6:00pm, before the regular club meeting. For further information about the tour and how to register, Click Here.

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Thursday October 4, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program Change! Due to illness, Lillian Armstrong is unable to speak to us tonight about the New Jersey Wildlife Trails project at tonight's DVOC meeting. We hope to reschedule her soon.
Program - Adrian Binns - "The Lighter Side of Birding"
Journey around the world as Adrian takes a light hearted look at
some intriguing observations and recounts amusing tales (that
appeal to his twisted sense of humor) of things he has witnessedor been part of while leading tours to many wonderful birding destinations around the world.

Ornithological Study - Fecal Sacs - Adrian Binns
Invitation for Members
A special invitation to our DVOC members! We are offering again an opportunity to tour the Ornithology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tour to take place on October 4th, at 6:00pm, before the regular club meeting. This is the second tour of the season. For further information about the tour and how to register, Click Here.

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Thursday October 18, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Jeff Wells - "Three Secrets About Bird Conservation They Don't Want You to Know"
Jeff Wells, author of the upcoming Princeton University Press
publication "Birder's Conservation Handbook: North America's 100 Birds of Conservation Concern", will talk about his views on the state of birds and bird conservation in North America. In a wide-ranging presentation covering everything from global warming to lingerie, Kleenex, donut holes, and the Argentinean economy, Dr. Wells will describe the best-kept secrets of bird conservation and tell about some amazing conservation opportunities that still exist including protection of the Boreal--North America's Great Bird Nursery.
Ornithological Study - Adrian Binns - "Newcomers to the Delaware Valley"
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Thursday November 1, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Kevin Loughlin - "Panama's Darien: Still Wild After All These Years"
Join nature photographer and birding tour leader, Kevin Loughlin, on a journey into the wildest place left in Central America... eastern Panama's Darien Biosphere Reserve. Millions of acres of untouched rainforest along the Panama/Colombia border have been preserved and are home to hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds! This colorful, sound-filled presentation will enlighten and enrich your understanding of this wondrous area... and maybe even call you to make a visit there someday!
Ornithological Study - Bert Filemyr - "Bird Names - The Apostropes"
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Thursday November 15, 2007, 7:30 pm

Program - Dr. Bob Curry - "Hybridization of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees"
In Pennsylvania, Black-capped Chickadees and Carolina Chickadees come into contact along a long, narrow zone. In this zone, the species hybridize, and the presence of each influences the social development of the other. Bob will discuss his findings from intensive field study of four different populations.
Ornithological Study - "Hummingbird Hotspot in Central Pennsylvania" - Edie Parnum
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Wednesday December 5, 2007
Annual Banquet

Speaker - Don Kroodsma
Professor of Biology - University of Massachusetts
"The man" in the science of bird song today--the ultimate authority-- and his talk at DOS some two years ago was a great success. His book "The Singing Life of Birds" is also a terrific read--highly recommended.
More information....
Banquet Report

Thursday December 20, 2007 7:30 pm

Program - Rob Fergus
"What Is It Like to be a Bird? How Birds See the World"
Have you ever wondered what its like to be a bird, or how birds see
the world? Rob Fergus will review the latest research on bird vision
and how birds use their senses to perceive and interact with their
world. Obtaining a real "bird's eye view" of the world will help you
better understand bird behavior and can enhance your appreciation for
their unique ways of life.
Ornithological Study - Separating Hooded and Altamira Orioles in the Rio Grande Valley - Adrian Binns
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