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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.

January 8th, 2009 – 119th Annual Members Meeting
Since the founded of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the "Members Meeting". At this meeting there will be the election of officers, new Council members and Fellows, the Treasurer’s Report, the distribution of the 2009 Membership Directory, and the Endowment Trustees Report. There will then be a recap of area Christmas Counts. Following this will be the traditional refreshments as the club celebrates another year.
Ornithological Study - "Common and King Eider Identification Tips" - Bert Filemyr
Christmas Bird Counts Results
Pictures from the Annual Members Meeting
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January 22nd, 2009 – "A Bird's Eye View of Wild Bird Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release" presented by volunteer Cindy Ahern
Cindy is a volunteer for Tri-State Bird Rescue. She is a Clinic Support Volunteer, a Transport Volunteer, and and Oil Spill Response Volunteer. She will tell us, among other things, what she must do when a Great Blue Heron is hit by a car!
Ornithological Study - Adrian Binns - "Ice Build up on Birds: An Observation"
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February 5th, 2009 – Mary Gustafson, “Don't just Blink: Look Twice - Texas Style”
How often do we name a bird and move on without double checking to be sure our ID is correct?? Do we listen to our gut reaction that something isn't right and verify our initial impressions, or do we let it go?? What should we do as birders? Texas offers birders a chance to be truly baffled by some unusual combinations of species from east, west, north, and south, often at unusual seasons.Mary will talk about some serious identification challenges she sees every winter, and will likely rant and rave about care, caution, and looking twice at birds. Malcolm Gladwell's book "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" describes how we glance at a bird and can put a name to it. Mary will encourage us to go one more step and look again - to be sure we're right.
Ornithological Study - Adrian Binns - " Distribution of Eastern Screech Owl Morphs"
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February 19th, - Jeffrey Hall, “Behaving Beautifully”
Photography can reveal more than the beauty of birds-a well-timed or fortunate shot can also capture some of their actions and habits.
Concentrating on the birds of south Florida, this program will show us some of the loveliest of birds and the oddest of behaviors.
Ornithological Study - "2008 Peregrine Falcon nesting season in Pennsylvania." - Art McMorris
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March 5th, 2009 – Jeff Gordon, "Kingfishers and their Allies"
Nearly all of North America is blessed to have the Belted Kingfisher as a resident, at least part of each year. Even non-birders recognize and appreciate the distinctive behaviors, spectacular plumage, and unusual life history of this unique species. But as wonderful as the Belted Kingfisher is, it is just one of dozens of spectacular kingfishers to be found around the world. Kingfishers include some of the world's most most extravagantly colorful and bizarre-looking birds. And if you broaden the scope to include some of their allies in the Order Coraciformes, things get really wild: bee-eaters, rollers, mot-mots, hornbills, hoopoes--these stout-billed birds must surely rank high on any list of the world's most incredible animals, feathered or not. Join us for a fun, informative survey of the kingifshers and their bretheren, from their role in mythology to their amazing natural history, to an appreciation of their sumptuous coloration.
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March 19th, 2009 – Kevin Karlson, "Shorebirds: A Different Approach to Field ID"

Kevin will cover a bit of the natural history of shorebirds and explain a different, more complete approach to shorebird ID, as presented in his best-selling book, "The Shorebird Guide". He will finish up with cutting-edge information for separating such species as dowitchers, willets, and peeps.
Ornithological Study - "Flight Identification: Wilson's Snipe vs American Woodcock" - Chris Walters
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April 2nd, 2009 – Bill Evans, "Nocturnal Migration of Birds in the 21st Century"

A discussion from the front lines of research and conservation of night migrating birds. Bill will review the astounding phenomenon of nocturnal bird migration, present selected research from his studies monitoring avian night flight calls, and update the DVOC on conservation efforts toward minimizing the impacts of wind turbines, communications towers, and artificial light on night migrating birds.
Ornithological Study - "Diving Bird Quiz" - Steve Kacir
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April 16th, 2009 – Andy Smith, "Ten Million Years and Still Going: Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River and Elsewhere."

Each year 500,000 Sandhill Cranes or eighty percent of the North American population gather on the Platte River in Nebraska before heading North to breeding grounds. The spectacle of their leaving the river at dawn to go to the surrounding corn fields and returning at dusk is amazing to behold as thousands of birds fill the sky. Millions of waterfowl and at times Whooping Cranes also use the region as a stopping point during migration.
Ornithological Study - Glass: Reducing Bird Shrikes - Phil Witmer
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May 7th, 2009 – Chris Lotz, "Birding the Southern Third of Africa from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Namibia"

Chris will take us on a journey from the southern tip of Africa through extremely diverse birding habitats across 7 very different countries. He will show photos which give just a taste of some of the birds (plus other wildlife and scenery) you will encounter as you travel through South Africa and then northwards along the Namib Escarpment to the great Zambezi River, the Okavango and beyond to lesser-known but spectacularly bird-rich areas. Chris will give us an impression of what it's like to bird this incredible part of the world.
Ornithological Study - Tree Swallow Attack - Frank Windfelder
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May 21st, 2009 - Bert Filemyr, "The Apostrophes - Stories Behind Birds Named in Honor of People"

Almost 100 North American bird names honor individuals. This talk will describe how a person gets honored and stories behing those people so honored. Particular emphasis will be placed on names with a Delaware Valley area connection - Harris, Cassin, Audubon, Wilson, etc.
There will be no Ornitholgical Study this meeting. Instead there will be a World Series of Birding Report
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June 4th, 2009 – Frank Windfelder, “Trans-Pecos Birding”

"In the spring of 2008, a number of DVOC members traveled to Southern Texas, where we birded our way from East to West. We visited Three Rivers, the Edwards Plateau, Big Bend and the Davis Mountains. Come and relive the adventure with us."

Photos by Earl Harrison
There will also be a short BIG Day Report. This means those big days people did other than DVOC/Nikon Lagerhead Shrikes.
2009 DVOC Big Days Report

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July 2nd, 2009 – Informal Summer Meeting at Palmyra Cove Nature Center

Frank Windfelder: "ID of Great, Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorants, plus Anhinga"
Debbie Beer, "East African Safari Adventure"

Saturday August 1 , 2009 – 7th Annual DVOC Picnic

Rain date for Sunday, August 2nd.
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August 6th, 2009 – Informal Summer Meeting at Palmyra Cove Nature Center

Mick Jeitner, "In Search of Witmer Stone"
Tom Bailey, "Tom's Birding Quiz" - A 20 question quiz to test your knowledge about North American birds, birding, and birders. A prize, "The Shorebird Guide", by O'Brien, Crossley and Karlson, will be awarded to the person who answers the most questions correctly. There will even be a bonus photo question - identify a famous DVOC member.

September 3, 2009 – Informal Summer Meeting at Tinicum NWR

Aaron Reichlin, DVOC-sponsored intern at the Academy of Natural Sciences, will tell us about his experiences there this summer
Judith Keller, "Prevalence of Campylobacter in Wild Bird Populations"
Bert Filemyr, "Spring Birding in Minnesota/North Dakota"

September 17, 2009 – Rich Hoyer, "Beyond Just Birds: Putting It All Together"
While leading birding tours to such places as Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, and the Galapagos, Rich has found it impossible to ignore the amazing diversity of natural history; his post tour lists include all the reptiles, mammals and butterflies seen, and he is known for his breadth of knowledge of all things living. Beginning with a "Butterflies & Birds" tour with Jim Brock in Southeastern Arizona in 1999, Rich ran tours with Jim to the Gomez Faraas area of northeastern Mexico, Costa Rica, and Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Brazil. In 2006 he co-led the first Birds and Shakespeare tour to Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and in 2007 he co-led a Birds and Plants tour to Bolivia. This presentation will offer pictorial highlights to show the varied natural history and mix of interests that Rich brings to all his tours.
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October 1st, 2009 – Pete Dunne, "The Best (and Worst) of the World Series of Birding"
Enough people have died now that the stories can finally be told. Stories like "Why Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes Benz no longer support the WSB." "The Ballad of "John, his Lady of the Night, and the Side Swiped Cadillac." "Birding Becomes Electric" and more. Join DVOC Member and Cape May Bird Observatory Director Pete Dunne as he spins some of his favorite recollections of the event he founded.
Ornithological Study - "Mistaken Identity" - Frank Windfelder

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October 15th, 2009 – Rob Fergus, “Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya”
Rob Fergus explores the connections between birds and various Mayan cultures as revealed in their ancient art and his ongoing field work with four modern Mayan communities in Guatemala and Belize. In addition to reviewing the songs and calls of Central American birds, if you want to know how the Turkey Vulture got its red head, which bird you can burn to a crisp to make into a love potion, why you can't have sex before you plant your corn crop, or how to cure warts, this is the program for you!
Ornithological Study - "Mystery Hawk at my Bird Bath" - Sue Killeen
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November 5th, 2009 – Jeff Holt and Bert Filemyr, "The Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America - The Rarest of the Rare"

In 1838, as John James Audubon’s monumental creation, Birds of America, was nearing completion, he requested that his engraver, Robert Havell, produce 13 extra, unique prints. Havell was instructed to combine images from two separate plates into a single print, commonly known as a “Composite Plate”.
Only two full sets, along with a handful of individual prints, of these rare prints exist today and are rarely if ever seen by the public.
In this presentation club members Jeff and Bert will provide an analysis as to how and why these plates were made, while providing illustrations depicting all 13 of the Composite Plates.

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November 19th, 2009 – DVOC Annual Banquet
Rick Wright - "The Most Beautiful of the Whole Beautiful Lot: Wood Warblers of the American Southwest"

More than half a century ago, James Fisher proclaimed the Painted Redstart the most beautiful of all the American warblers. He wasn't far off, but that colorful sprite of Arizona's oak woodlands is just one of a dazzling variety of parulids that inhabit southwestern North America on both sides of the border, from the drab Lucy's of the desert lowlands to the gem-like Crescent-chested high in the Sierra Madre of Sonora. In the range of habitats they inhabit, the variety of seasonal patterns they exhibit, and the diversity of nest sites they exploit, the wood warblers of the Southwest offer some surprises to those of us used to the "classic" species of the East.

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December 3rd, 2009 – Photo Contest (Birds, Birders, Natural History, Scenery) – Bird ID Quiz photos – then results
Format: Digital only
Deadline for entries: Friday, November 20th
Will you win the DVOC slide contest? Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Birds, Natural History (non-avian fauna and flora), Scenery, and Birders. Entries must be submitted in advance to Frank Windfelder. You can submit a maximum of 5 shots in the Birds and Natural History Categories, and a maximum of 3 shots in Scenery and Birders. For each picture, please supply the name and the location. Put these on a CD and either email them, snail mail them, or hand them to Frank Windfelder at a DVOC meeting.
Ornithological Study - "A Fly Fisherman's Observations About Some Diving Ducks" - Howard Eskin

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December 17th, 2009 - Steve Kacir, "A Montgomery County Big Year"
After residing in Bucks County for most of his time as a Pennsylvanian, Steve Kacir moved to Montgomery County, discovering two things upon arrival 1) he really didn’t know much about birding Montgomery County and 2) the record big year for Montgomery County was 151 species – a record set by Deuane Hoffman in 1999. Well, the second item was not true as a later Montgomery County big year by Mike Schall had broken that record with a final total of 153 species in 2004. However, the first part was generally still more or less true, and 153 species was still not significantly different from 151 species. Steve suspected that the county had a much richer avifauna than either of these records seemed to indicate. In attempt to satisfy his curiosity about birding Montgomery County, he embarked on the task of completing a Montgomery County big year. The main goal of the big year was to become more familiar with the county, its birds and habitats. A secondary goal was to beat the record, and a tertiary goal was to beat the record by mid-May. Attempting a big year in Montgomery County is met by a lot of questions, but all of them on a theme of “Why would you want to do a big year in Montgomery County?” Now is your chance to find out. Learn a little about the county, its countryside, its birds and its birders. Hear the story about the one that got away, and the ones that didn’t.
Ornithological Study - Connie Goldman - "Ornithology Primer: Some Correlates of Wing Structure and Migration.”

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