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May 5, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:32 pm. Twenty-two members were present. The minutes of the April 21st meeting were accepted as posted on the DVOC website.

In the absence of committee chair Phil Witmer, a mention was made by President Frank Windfelder about an article he had read about the effects of Global Warming on the North Pole. In an article, distributed by the Associated Press, the effects of global warming were expected to impact the ice layer by reducing the ice so much that in 30 to 40 years sea level will rise up to 63 inches. A scientific prediction of the loss of the ice in the North Pole could result in an “Ice Free” North Pole. Several members, including Rick Mellon, and Paul Guris, indicated that the prediction could be conservative and the actual numbers would be much worse.
Link to article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110503/ap_on_sc/eu_arctic_climate_change

Membership committee member Anita Guris announced a new application from Mike DeBonis for membership. His application will be forwarded to council for approval. Anita also welcomed Jack Creighton of Haverford as a new member. Jack was present at the meeting and was welcomed to the club. Sally Fintel was also welcomed to the club as a new member.

Field Trip:

Trip Reports:
May 1 Rails and Nocturnal Species in Southern Delaware. Steve Kacir reported on the field trip he led along Dutch Neck Rd and C&D Canal. The group met at 3:30AM. The trip was a great success with King, Virginia, and Sora Rails heard and 2 King Rails seen by Silver Run. Steve reported that there was lots of good breeding habitat.

May 1, 2011 Belleplain, NJ. Martin Selzer reported on this field trip, which he led. The group had May breeding and migrant warblers.

April 29- May 1 Southern Delaware and parts of Maryland. Trip participants Dennis and Anna Bert reported on the field trip led by Colin Campbell. The group saw Eagles, but not many warblers and they said the food was great!

April 30, 2011 Fort Washington State Park, PA. Leader Jane Henderson reported on her field trip. The property held many good migrant species such as Black-throated Green, a few migrants, and the trip highlights were Scarlet Tanager and Eastern Screech Owl.

Trip Announcements:
Field Trip Committee Member Martin Dellwo announced the upcoming field trips for May and June as follows:

May 7, Birding, Banding And Brunch - A Special Tour Of Rushton Farm, Willistown, Pa. ?DVOC members have been specially invited by Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) to tour Rushton Farm Preserve, and witness in action their newly-established Banding Station, the launching of which was significantly supported by DVOC's 2009 Conservation funds last year. Leader is Doris McGovern.

May 8, Tinicum – John Heinz Refuge Southwest Philadelphia, PA. Leader is Frank Windfelder. One-half day trip. We will bird for passerines, but check the wet habitats as well for non-passerines. Meet in Tinicum's parking lot at 6:30 AM.

May 16, Gloucester County “Run” NJ – Details on Web Site. Leader is Sandra Keller.

May 21, Ridley Creek State Park, PA - For breeders and spring migrants. Expected: warblers, including Kentucky, Hooded and Louisiana Waterthrush; thrushes (possibly including Swainson's), vireos, flycatchers and many others. Meet at 6:30 AM at the Ridley Creek bridge on Gradyville Road (near Newtown Square, PA). We will bird until 11:00 or noon, depending on when the birds give out.

Additional field trips for May and June – details are available on the web site.


Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.

On May 19, Sam Fried will present “Warblers and Neotropical Migrants of Eastern North America”.

On June 2, Angus Wilson, the well known Seabirder, will present “A Meeting of Wings: Seabirds of the Western North Atlantic”

On July 9, The annual picnic will again be hosted by the Gurises at their home.

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.

Paul Guris announced that he and Anita along with Martin Dellwo and Joe Greco went on a trip to Texas and on April 16, 2011 Anita got her 700th bird, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, her last North American Owl, on her 50th birthday. He also mentioned that he has a photo posted on facebook of Anita with her 700th bird in a tree above her and her with a “700” sign in front of her. He said he also has a similar photo of himself with his 700th bird, the Blue-footed Booby in Austin in the early 90’s, and he too had a “700” sign in front of him with his 700th bird in the same photo. He said we are probably the only couple in the world with photos of us with our milestone birds in the same photo.

Bernice Koplan announced the banquet speaker this year will be Kevin Karlson presenting with his wife Dale Rosselet, which should make it even more appealing - “The birds of Cape May”, the date is November 17.

Art McMorris heard from our recent speaker, Paulo Boute of Brazil. Paulo expressed his thanks to all of the members that contributed birding equipment for the birders of Brazil. Art showed a photo sent by Paulo of a young lady in Brazil that is doing bird research and using the binoculars donated by a DVOC member.

Paul Guris announced two pelagic trips he will be leading - an upcoming overnight pelagic trip being run by the Cape May Bird Observatory on May 19 and 20 during Cape Maygration week.?He also mentioned a five day pelagic trip on ”The Searcher” out of San Diego on September 5 to 9.

Yoav Chudnoff announced that he is selling raffle tickets to support Bulgarian conservation and he will be pulling the winning raffle ticket at our meeting on May 19.

Steve Kacir announced that there is a DVOC “group” on facebook and all members and non-members are welcomed to join. If anyone has trouble connecting to the group please contact Steve Kacir or Debbie Beer. The group was described as an extension of the meeting.

Frank Windfelder announced that Philadelphia Council Member Daryl Clark was heard on the radio waging a war against raccoons in Philadelphia. Clark said that the raccoons can weigh up to 35 lbs and may have rabies. Frank was annoyed by the lack of knowledge expressed by the council member and the lack of respect for wildlife exhibited.

Local Notes:

YY Huang reported that he and Jane saw Semi-palmated Plover, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Duck, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, Greater Scaup and Whimbrel at John Forsythe Refuge, NJ on May 1.

Yoav Chudnoff reported seeing Lousianna Waterthrush, Black and White Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Worm-eating Warbler at Bowman’s Hill, PA.

Frank Windfelder saw on April 24th at Tinicum, Heinz NWR, PA Cerulean Warbler, and on April 27th a Cape May Warbler. At Benjamin Rush State Park, PA he saw Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Martin Dellwo reported at Brigantine, Forsythe NWR, NJ he had Blue-winged Teal, 200 Brant, Nashville Warbler. At Hawk Mountain he had Ruffed Grouse. Yellow-throated Vireo at the State Game Lands and Cattle Egret a week ago at the Philadelphia airport near the Ft. McHenry Side. He also saw Blue-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler and Least Flycatcher at Ridley Creek State Park, PA.

Ornithological Study:

Chair Dino Fiabane introduced Stephen Emery Kacir (Steve Kacir) – “When a Butcher Bird Isn’t a Shrike”

Main Program:

Art McMorris introduced Cathy Haffner. Cathy presented “Wind Energy and Wildlife in Pennsylvania: Voluntary Cooperative Agreement Results and Implications"

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM

Respectfully submitted

Anita Guris for
Bob Horton, Secretary