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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 7th, 2010
120th Annual Members Meeting- Followed by Refreshments

Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, reports by the Treasurer and Trustees, and a review of the area’s Christmas Bird Count results, compiled by Debbie Beer. Hear of surprises, trends, etc., in this century-long census of our resident birdlife. We will then adjourn for socializing over snacks and drinks, organized by Bonnie and Phil Witmer.

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January 21st, 2010
Jane Henderson, “A Trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands”

The diversity of bird life in Ecuador is overwhelming: one sixth of the species on earth can be found within its borders. Equally diverse are the habitats, from the rain forests of the Andes to the volcanic moonscape of the Galapagos Islands. Jane will take us on a virtual tour of mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, places that have inspired generations of birders and naturalists.

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February 4th, 2010
Robert Kirk, “Behind the Scenes of a Field Guide”

Robert Kirk will explain the many steps involved in the creation and publication of field guides and other books about birds and nature. Robert is the Executive Editor for Biological Sciences and Natural History for the Princeton University Press, a world leader in the publication of field guides.



Ornithological Study - Frank Windfelder - "Identification of Scaup"

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February 18th, 2010
Doug Gross, “Recovery of Endangered Birds in Pennsylvania: the Birds, the Process, and New Challenges”

Doug will review the Pennsylvania bird species of concern list and the recovery process, using the Bald Eagle as an example of a successful recovery. He also will review other challenges we face in bird conservation in the state. Doug is Endangered Bird Specialist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and is well known for his lively, informative and entertaining presentations.

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March 4th, 2010
Julie Hagelin, “Tales from a Tangerine-Scented Seabird: Sex, Perfume and Parasites of Crested Auklets”

Those who have been close to a Crested Auklet breeding colony know that these unusual birds smell like freshly-peeled tangerines, but no one has taken this observation as far as Dr. Julie Hagelin, Assistant Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College. Come and hear about these remarkable birds, learn about their social lives, breeding biology and much more, and hear about Julie’s field studies working with the indigenous Yup’ik of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Julie will also describe how the auklet work applies to the recovery of another scented avian species-- the critically endangered Kakapo of New Zealand.

Ornithological Study - Frank Windfelder - "Eye-arcs and Orbital Rings"

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March 18th, 2010 Win Shafer, “Birds of the Appalachian Trail”

DVOC member Win Shafer and his son Blake (AKA Birdman and Li’l Wayne) spent 4 1/2 months in 2009 through-hiking the entire 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. Being in the mountains and woods in many different life zones during spring migration afforded incomparable opportunities for bird observation. Win will give a travelogue of his unique adventure and birding experience.

Ornithological Study - "In the Field: Bonaparte's Gulls and Black-headed Gulls" - Bert Filemyr

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April 1st, 2010
Bud Cook, “Birds of the Boreal Barrens of Northeast Pennsylvania”

The Pocono plateau in northeastern Pennsylvania embodies the region’s boreal heritage, harboring species tolerant to cooler temperatures reminiscent of its glacial past. It is a vast landscape of glacial till barrens interspersed with swamps, bogs, marshes and shallow ponds surrounded by red spruce, balsam fir and eastern hemlock – woodlands more characteristic of Canada’s northern climate. The bird life has a decidedly northern flavor, including many species that are rare or absent elsewhere in the state. Bud Cook, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Northeastern Pennsylvania Office, will describe the three major barrens sites in the region: Long Pond, Moosic Mountain, and Arbutus Peak. They have many similarities, but each has its own distinctive features, its own rarities. Each has public access, trails and great birding. The Nature Conservancy and other organizations have been actively conserving and managing habitat at each place.

Ornithological Study - Chris Walters -"Nesting Strategies of the Little Guys with the Big Guys".

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April 15th, 2010
Dyana Z. Furmansky, “Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy”


Most of us know Rosalie Edge as the fearless woman who single-handedly saved Hawk Mountain from the gunners, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. We didn’t know that she was also trying to keep it out of the hands of the National Audubon Society—and the DVOC.

In Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy, a recently released, brilliantly written and engaging biography, Dyana Z. Furmansky reveals Rosalie Edge as an unsung giant of conservation, “the activist who saved nature from the conservationists.” Even more important than establishing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and many similar successes, Edge fundamentally changed the direction of conservation in America. She deserves to be credited as the person who launched the modern environmental movement more than 30 years before the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Come hear Dyana Furmansky explain how, in her talk about the remarkable woman without whom nature and birding would not be what they are today.

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for Frank Graham’s review of Furmansky’s book in Audubon.

Copies of "Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy" will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.

Ornithological Study - Steve Kacir - “Notes on an Aberrant White-Winged Gull”

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May 6th, 2010
Andy Wilson, “Results of the Second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas - a Sneak Preview”

During the 5 years 2004-2008, Pennsylvania has been engaged in a huge undertaking: to identify, map and count all the breeding birds in the state. The amount of data generated by this effort is overwhelming: over 3,000 volunteers spent over 100,000 hours in the field and logged over 850,000 breeding bird records. Dr. Andy Wilson is now engaged in digesting and crunching this huge amount of data to generate a picture of Pennsylvania’s breeding avifauna and the changes that have occurred during the 25 years since the first Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas. Come hear a sneak preview of this effort and the many surprises that are emerging.
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May 20th, 2010
Hernán Arauz, “Birding in Panama: The Avian Crossroads”

Hernán founded Panama's first ecotourism business over 20 years ago. He is equally at home birding the foothills of Cana as the highlands of Chiriqui, trekking the jungles of Darién, diving the San Blas islands, or evoking Panama's pirate stories in mossy Caribbean ruins. He brings new eyes to a neotropical adventure and brings Panama's colorful past to life. Hernán will talk about the birds and ecosystems in different areas of Panama, illustrated with incomparable photos of birds, scenery, lodges and recreational areas.

World Series of Birding Report

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June 3rd, 2010
Cathy Haffner, “Sharing the Shoreline: Status, Research, and Recovery of Great Lakes Piping Plovers”


One of the rarest birds in the Great Lakes region is slowly making a comeback thanks to the perseverance and dedication of countless conservation partners. Cathy will highlight on-the-ground recovery efforts for this endangered population as well as her work on Piping Plover space use and its implications for conservation action. Could Piping Plovers return to Pennsylvania? Join us to find out.

May Run reports instead of Ornithological Study


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July 1, 2010, 7:30 PM – Informal Summer Meeting
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (beside the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge)

Short presentations including:
"Blizzard or Quetzels? Easy choice!"– Rick Mellon

July 31, 2010 – 8th Annual DVOC Picnic
Hosted by Paul and Anita Guris at their home in Green Lane, PA

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Rain Date, August 1st, 2010 (Sunday)

August 5, 2010, 7:30 PM – Informal Summer Meeting
Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ (beside the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge)

There will be an informal 6:00 pm dinner gathering at the Penn Queen Diner, 7349 N. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ 08110-1517
Short presentations including:
Rushton Farm Bird Banding Station – Lisa Kiziuk, Doris McGovern
Tom’s Birding Quiz #2 – Tom Bailey. Test your knowledge of North American birds, birding and birders. A prize will be awarded to the winner.

September 2, 2010, 7:30 PM – Informal Summer Meeting
Held at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (Tinicum), Philadelphia, PA

Short presentations including:
Global Warming: the Impact on Birds – Phil Witmer
Bird-Safe Glass Demonstration Project at Heinz – Gary Stolz
Identification of Wigeon – Frank Windfelder

September 16, 2010, 7:30 PM
Adrian Binns, “A Naked Safari: Tales of East Africa”

Join DVOC favorite Adrian Binns for humorous stories from his birding and wildlife tours in East Africa. Renowned for its peerless concentrations of wildlife, this truly remarkable part of Africa is home to a huge variety and abundance of birds and mammals, particularly in the savannas and eastern edge of the rain forests. There is so much more than just seeing “The Big 5” and saying you have been on safari. Come prepared for encounters and stories from the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries.

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October 7, 2010, 7:30 PM
Bob Horton, "Birding by Sailboat in the Caribbean"

Four adventurous club members chartered a 43-foot yacht and visited six southern Caribbean Islands to see their endemic birds, meet their people and enjoy their culture. From large beautiful parrots to tiny hummingbirds and warblers, this group toured the islands from the bays and wetlands to the mountain peaks. As a bonus, the group spent several days birding in Puerto Rico on the way down, and in Trinidad on the way back.

Ornithological Moment - "Ring-billed Gull Plumages" - Frank Windfelder

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October 21, 2010
Louise Zemaitis, “Birds and Habitat”

Birding can become a lifelong pursuit. One can easily focus on the finer points of identification or the quest for life birds without seeing the big picture. In this presentation, Louise will talk about birds within their natural habitats, shared with other organisms. Learning more about the context within which we see birds will heighten one’s awareness of how birds live and improve birding skills.

Louise Zemaitis is an artist and naturalist living in Cape May, New Jersey where she is a popular field trip leader teaching birding workshops as an Associate Naturalist with New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory. She also enjoys leading birding groups and lecturing at birding festivals and is known for her enthusiasm for all natural history subjects. Louise and her husband, Michael O’Brien, have been guiding young birders at birding events and conferences for many years. In addition to leading, Louise is coordinator of the Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May, compiler of the Cape May Christmas Bird Count, and member of the Cape May Artists’ Cooperative. An honors graduate of Temple University's Tyler School of Art, she enjoys working as a freelance artist and her illustrations have been widely published. Her proudest accomplishment has been the raising of her two sons, Bradley, a biologist and artist, and Alec, a philosopher and musician.

Ornithological Moment - John Tramontano - "Wing Beat and Flight Patterns useful in Avian ID"

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November 4, 2010
Todd Katzner, “Golden Eagles and Wind Energy: Siting Wind Power for Improved
Conservation Management”

For the past 5 years, Todd Katzner has conducted research on how development of wind energy may impact migratory birds of prey in Pennsylvania. His work has focused primarily on Golden Eagles - the east's rarest regularly occurring migratory raptor and one that most people forget we even have. Todd will speak on how his research team has developed new technologies and approaches, such as real-time radiotelemetry tracking, to understand how wind energy may impact migratory raptors, especially eagles, and what can be done to minimize the risk to birds from this energy source.

Dr. Katzner is the Director of Conservation and Field Research at the National Aviary.


Ornithological Moment - "The Secret Lives of Saw-Whets - Debbie Beer


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November 18, 2010 – Annual Banquet
Program – Scott Weidensaul, “Messing Around with Birds (for Fun and Science)”

Join Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects, from banding hawks and tiny saw-whet owls to studying the migration of western hummingbirds that aren't supposed to be in the East in December (but are). Best of all, learn how anyone with some enthusiasm and time can make important contributions to the science and conservation of birds, and have a great time doing it.


December 2, 2010
Jeffrey Hall, “Down the Shore”

In winter, the sunbathers, boardwalk visitors, and Frisbee throwers that are characteristic of summertime at the Jersey Shore are replaced by cold winds and solitude. But the beach is not abandoned—instead it is given over to Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Snowy Owls, and other winter visitors. DVOC favorite Jeffrey Hall will lead a virtual winter birding trip to the Jersey Shore, illustrated with his incomparable photographs.

Ornithological Moment - “Vocal Differences between the Recent Splits Announced by AOU.” - Don Jones

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December 16, 2010
Members’ Photography Night

"Lion at Salati Game Preserve" by Patty Rehn "Natural History" category Grand Prize winner, 2009

This is one of our annual highlights. Will you be a winner?
Submission Deadline: November 30 (Tuesday).
Each year the photos get more and more stunning! All members are invited to submit photos in the categories of Birds (maximum 5 photos), Natural History (non-avian flora and fauna; maximum 5), Scenery (3), Birders (3), and Bird Photo Funnies (maximum 1). A panel of 3 judges will announce the first, second and third place winners in each category (except Bird Photo Funnies, which are for laughs only). Prizes will be awarded to the first-place winners, and a Grand Prize for the “Best of Show.” Jpg digitals only; best resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. For each slide, include the name and location. Submit to Art McMorris by e-mail or on CD (snail mail or handed in at a meeting) by November 30. Photographers agree to have their winning entries posted on our club website. Previously-submitted photos are not eligible.

Results of the 2010 Photo Contest

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