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November 3, 2011

Minutes of the DVOC Meeting of November 3, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. Twenty-one members and five guests were present.

The minutes of the October 20th meeting were approved as submitted.


Field Trips:
Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:
Trip Reports:
October 30. – Bake Oven Knob, PA. This trip was cancelled due to the large amount of snow that had fallen in the Pennsylvania Mountains.
Trip Announcements:
November 6 – Bake Oven Knob, PA. Win Shafer announced that he will lead and impromptu trip this coming Sunday.
November 5 – Saw-whet Owl Banding, Hidden Valley, PA. Visit Scott Weidensaul’s banding station along the Kittatinny Ridge on Second Mountain. Leader is Debbie Beer. This trip is full and has a wait-list.
November 13 – Kirkwood Preserve and Rushton Farm. Looking for sparrows, raptors and possible winter finches. Leaders are Win Shafer and Debbie Beer.
March 22 – April 2, 2012 – Cuba Birding Trip. Leader is Win Shafer.

Chair Anita Guris announced that she had received applications from two individuals, Bill Dix of Princeton, NJ and Rob Bierregaard, of Wynnewood, Pa.

Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.
On November 17, the Annual Banquet featuring Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet is scheduled. They will present “The Birds of Cape May”. Bernice Koplin announced that there will be a centerpiece competition and asked that everyone bring a centerpiece to the banquet. She also noted that there will be a cash bar. Anita Guris is collecting slides of club members to be shown at the event. Please send your photos to her.
On December 1, we will hold our annual slide competition. See the website for rules. Barry Ashby, Andy Smith and Patty Rehn will be the judges. All entries need to be submitted by November 14.
On December 15, Dr. Laurie Goodrich will present “Stopover Ecology of Migrating Hawks in Eastern Pennsylvania”

Art McMorris asked for three volunteers to man the book sales table at the banquet.
Paul Guris announced a pelagic trip on November 19th from Lewes DE.

Local Notes:
Vincent Nichnadowicz reported a Harris’s Sparrow at Sandy Hook, NJ
Rick Mellon located an American Robin roost in Yardley with an estimated 7000 robins. He also reported over 200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls near the Newtown, PA exit of I-95.
Paul Guris reported a dark morph Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk on October 24, along with many Vesper Sparrows. On October 30, he saw many late Blackpoll Warblers.
Doris McGovern reported that 20 Saw-whet Owls have been banded at Rushton Farm, Pa. this week.
Frank Windfelder reported 75 Rusty Blackbirds at John Heinz NWR today.
Paul Guris reported a migrant Black-capped Chickadee in his yard in Green Lane, Pa.
Edie Parnum reported a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Exton Farm Park, Pa.

Main Program:
Vice President Art McMorris introduced tonight’s speaker, Emily Thomas. Emily presented “Effect of Oil and Gas Development on Songbird Abundance in the Eastern United States”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Horton, Secretary