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May 19, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:33 pm. Twenty-six members and eight guests were present. The minutes of the May 5th meeting were accepted as posted on the DVOC website.

Chair Phil Witmer announced that this year’s Conservation Fund will go to the finalization of the Breeding Bird Atlas of Pennsylvania. So far, Phil has collected over $1200 from pledges that have been made.

Chair Connie Goldman announced that Mike DeBonis has been accepted as a new member of the club. Connie also read the application of a new applicant, George Wood, who was present at the meeting.

Field Trip:
Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:
May 8, Tinicum – John Heinz Refuge Southwest Philadelphia, PA. Georgia Ashby reported a successful trip with 17 species of warblers, including Blackburnian and Bay-breasted. In addition, Scarlet Tanagers were seen.

Trip Announcements:
May 21, Ridley Creek State Park, PA - For breeders and spring migrants. Leader is Art McMorris.
May 21, Bird Banding for Youth at Rushton Farm, Willistown, Pa. Leader is Debbie Beer.
June 3-5, Piney Tract, Clarion County, PA. This grassland area has breeding Upland Sandpipers, Henslow’s, Clay-colored, Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows. Leader is Rick Mellon.
June 18, Wharton State Forest, NJ. This evening trip will look for Common Nighthawk, Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widow. Leader is Steve Kacir.
June 10-12, Weekend at Camp Susquehannock, in Northeastern PA. Stay in cabins at camp and bird the hot spots of Susquehanna County. Leader is Win Shafer.


Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.

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

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 do a presentation on Alaska.

August 4, Tom Bailey will challenge us with another one of his birding quizzes.

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

Erica Brendel announced that Carpenter Woods, Philadelphia, is doing a forest restoration project. They will be removing invasive plants and hiring a Trail Consultant to layout a series of trails.

Local Notes:

Phil Witmer reported a Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow Warbler and Scarlet Tanager at Sudbury.

Erica Brendel reported that the Eastern Screech Owls in Carpenter Woods, Philadelphia have several young in their nest box.

The Main Line Y had three teams in the World Series of Birding. Their results were:
Duck, Duck, Duck, Brant – 140 species
Bob Merlin and the Railers – 185 species
Dark Side of the Loon – 139 species

Frank Windfelder reported 114 species were identified during the Philadelphia Migration Count.
Frank also reported 5 Black-bellied Plover, a Short-billed Dowitcher and Dunlin at Pennypack-on-the-Delaware, Philadelphia.

Paul Guris reported seeing 2 dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers as well as 2 dozen Blackpoll Warblers during the same week. He found this interesting since one is the first warbler to leave our area in the spring and the other is the last to pass through our area.

Art McMorris reported that he is in the process of banding the Peregrine Falcons and so far the results have been very good.

Yoav Chudnoff has been selling raffle tickets to support Bulgarian conservation. He conducted the drawing for the prizes at this meeting, which included a pair of binoculars.

Art McMorris shared a photo of the Brazilian students who recently benefited from optics donations by DVOC members.

Bert Filemyr reported on the results of the World Series of Birding and the route taken by the Lagerhead Shrikes. They again took first place. Paul Guris also announced that this team has disbanded, but will offer his help to any team sponsored by the club in the future.

Main Program:

Art McMorris introduced Sam Fried. Sam presented “Warblers and Neotropical Migrants of Eastern North America”.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 PM

Respectfully submitted

Bob Horton, Secretary