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June 2, 2011
President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM. Twenty-four members and three guests were present.
The minutes of the May 19th meeting were approved as submitted.
Chair Connie Goldman announced that Council has approved George Wood’s application and she welcomed George to the club.
Chair Phil Witmer announced that it is not too late to make a pledge to the World Series of Birding. So far, we have raised over $3200, which will go towards the publication of the Pennsylvania Second Breeding Bird Atlas.
Phil also told us that Gary Stoltz, Director of the John Heinz NWR reported the Bird-safe glass has been installed at their center. This was made possible by the 2010 DVOC Conservation Award.
Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:
Art McMorris reported on the May 21 trip to Ridley Creek State Park, PA. They primarily birded the Bridal Trail and accumulated 46 species. These included a Pileated Woodpecker, Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided and Hooded Warblers.
June 3 – 5 Piney Tract, Clarion County, PA. This trip will visit the reclaimed grasslands in this area, focusing on Henslow’s, Clay-colored, Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows, as well as other grassland birds. Leader is Rick Mellon.
June 10 – 12 Camp Susquehannock, NE PA. Bird the hotspots of Susquehanna County and stay at Camp Susquehannock as a guest of Win Shafer, who is also the leader.
June 18 – Wharton State Forest, NJ for Nighthawks. This is an evening trip to search for Common Nighthawks, Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widows. Leader is Steve Kacir.
June 22 – Lakehurst Naval Air Station, NJ. We will be visiting a large grassland area that is managed for Upland Sandpipers and other grassland birds. Leader is Bob Horton.
Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.
Summer meetings will be at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ on July 7 and August 4, and at John Heinz NWR, PA on September 1.
July 7, Phil Witmer will present “Protecting Area 1002: The Crown Jewel of the Arctic Refuge” and Cody Pitz will present “My experiences as a youth team member in the World Series of Birding”
August 4, Tom Bailey will challenge us with another one of his birding quizzes.
September 1,Vincent Nichnadowicz will present “The Best Mojito in Havana: Tales of Birding Cuba”
July 9, the annual picnic will again be hosted by the Gurises at their home.
September 15, Eugene Potapov, “The Steller’s Sea Eagle in the wilderness: a global warming sentinel?”
November 17, Annual Banquet featuring Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet. They will present “The Birds of Cape May”.
Art McMorris shared with the members a photo sent by Paulo Boute showing Brazilian students using the optics equipment donated by club members.
Paul Guris announced upcoming Pelagic Trips. On August 14 a trip will originate in Lewes, DE for a 16 hour trip. He is also scheduling two cost-sharing trips on smaller boats. The dates are August 19-20 and August 21-22.
On behalf of The Cobb Creek Park, PA, Tony Croasdale thanked the club members for the donation of ten pairs of Nikon binoculars through the New Bins for New Birders program.
Chris Walters shared a photo of the Four Loons birding team. They finished third in the World Series of Birding.
Paul Guris reported on the May 20th pelagic trip sponsored by NJ Audubon. Birds seen included a Cory Shearwater, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels, South Polar Skua and Arctic Terns.
Win Shafer reported on the results so far of the banding at Rushton Farms, Willistown, PA. 40 species have been banded this year. Win also reported a Yellow-throated Warbler singing near the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.
Vincent Nichnadowicz reported a Red-necked Phalarope at Prime Hook NWR, DE.
Phil Witmer reported a pair of Prothonotary Warblers at Peace Valley Park, PA.
Tony Croasdale reported Common Nighthawks in South Philadelphia. They can be heard each evening. He also reported a Scarlet Tanager in his backyard on May 13 in South Philadelphia.
Jane Henderson reported a Kentucky Warbler in Fort Washington State Park, PA. on May 27.
Bob Rufe noted that the Peregrine Falcons on the Brandywine Building in Wilmington, DE were feeding 5 young. There is a webcam focused on the nest. It can be accessed through dosbirds.org.
Frank Windfelder reported a singing Protonotary Warbler at the Taylor Refuge, NJ on May 21. Frank has observed the following birds breeding or attempting to breed at:
Northeast Airport: Eastern Meadowlark, Killdeer, American Kestrel
Spring Lane in the Schuylkill Valley: Bobolink
Houston Meadows in the Wissahickon Valley: Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Bluebird.
Vice President Art McMorris introduced tonight’s speaker, Angus Wilson. Angus presented “A Meeting of Wings: Seabirds of the Western North Atlantic”
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 PM.
Bob Horton, Secretary