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February 17, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. Thirty-two members and six guests were present.
The minutes of the February 3rd meeting were approved as submitted.

Chair Phil Witmer reported that The House of Representatives has zeroed out funding for many conservation projects through the HR1 funding bill. Phil suggests you contact your representative to express your concern about this funding cut.
Phil shared some preliminary results from the survey he is currently running. So far, the top two conservation concerns of club members are habitat destruction and global warming. Phil will provide additional information as the survey results continue to arrive.

Field Trips:
Bob Horton conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:
February 6 Manahawkin and Barnegat Light, NJ. Vincent Nichnadowicz reported Harlequin Ducks, Common Eider, Dunlin and Purple Sandpipers were seen at the inlet, while two Redheads were seen at Manahawkin. Also, a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk was observed on Mott’s Landing Road.
February 12 Photography trip to Barnegat Light, NJ. Steve Mattan reported the same birds as seen on the February 6 trip, with the addition of Black and Surf Scoter, an Ipswich Sparrow and a Harbor Seal.

Trip Announcements:
February 18 – 23 Eastern Ontario. This trip will search for winter specialties on Amherst Island, Algonquin Park, and other areas in Eastern Ontario. Leader is Win Shafer.
February 21 North Shore, NJ. This trip will begin at Shark River Inlet and proceed north, visiting the ponds and oceanfront locations in search of freshwater and saltwater waterfowl. Leader is Sandra Keller.
February 26 Delaware City, DE. We will visit the freshwater ponds in the area around Delaware City. Leader is Colin Campbell.

Chair Dino Fiabane announced the upcoming Ornithological Studies:
On March 3, Edie Parnum will present “Your backyard is for birds.”
On March 17, Gregg Gorton will present “Looking for Ted Parker.”
On April 7, Frank Windfelder will present “A DVOC Quiz.”
Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs:
On March 3, Paulo Boute will present “Birdwatching in Central West Brazil - A True Bird Paradise!”
On March 17, Richard Crossley will present “Past, Present and Future.”
On April 7, Jack Hubley will present "Man and Raptor: The Falconry Story"
We are also looking for short programs for our informal summer meetings.
The DVOC Picnic will be held on July 9. Details will be announced at future meetings.

Anita Guris announced two upcoming pelagic trips: March 26 from Belmar, NJ, an 8 hour trip for $115, and another trip on March 27 from Freeport, NY.
The Lagerhead Shrikes have a new mascot for the dashboard of their car.

Art McMorris introduced a new member to the club, Bob Wallis.

Frank Windfelder mentioned that the Delaware Riverkeepers is looking for a good birder to teach birding. There is more information on their website.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is creating a Tidal Delaware River Ambassador program. Help is requested in training ambassadors for the program. If you can help, contact Jessica Anderson at JAnderson AT pecpa.org.

Local Notes:

Doris McGovern reported that a Barn Owl had landed on a high rise office building near 5th and Market in Phila.

Frank Windfelder reported that the Bald Eagles at Pennypack had laid eggs on February 12.

Al Driscoll reported a Pileated Woodpecker at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, as well as a Rough-legged Hawk and four Sandhill Cranes in Salem County, NJ.

Tom Bailey reported a Red-necked Grebe on the Delaware River near The Taylor Refuge, Cinnaminson, NJ as well as an immature Iceland Gull at Palmyra, NJ.

Judy Stepenaskie reported 7 Redheads and two Peregrine Falcons in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, near the Green Lane Bridge.

Art McMorris, who monitors Peregrine Falcons for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, thanked Judy for reporting the Manayunk falcons to him and asked other members to report any Peregrine Falcon sightings to him. Art commented that people should not simply assume that he knows about the falcons they see.

Paul Guris reported that on February 5, the pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE saw both Glaucous Gull and Common Murre in both Delaware and Maryland waters, as well as over 150 Dovkies.

Ornithological Study

Art McMorris introduced Barbara Granger. Barbara presented “Owls Create New Lawn Decor"

Main Program
Art McMorris introduced George Armistead. George presented “PORNithology: the Birds and the Birds and the Bees.”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 PM

Respectfully submitted

Bob Horton, Secretary