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October 6, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM. Twenty-six members and five guests were present.

The minutes of the September 15th meeting were approved as submitted.

Chair Anita Guris announced that Timothy Kita’s application has been accepted by counsel and he is now a member of the club.
Anita announced that Dave Magpiong has applied for membership to the club. This will be passed on to the Council for consideration.
Frank Windfelder announced that there will be a climate conference at the Franklin Institute on November 9th at 7 PM. Information is at www.pennfuture.org.
Field Trips:
Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:
Trip Reports:
October 2 – Art McMorris reported on the field trip led by Bert Filemyr in conjunction with the Witmer Stone Weekend held in Medford, NJ. The day produced a great hawk flight as well as many warbler migrants. Art also mentioned that great presentations were made by Scott McConnell and Clay Sutton at the conference.
Trip Announcements:
October 15 – Ashland Nature Center, DE. This trip will visit the hawk watch as well as bird for late migrants. Leader is Colin Campbell.
October 16 – Tuckerton Marsh, NJ. This trip will focus on the Saltmarsh and Nelson’s Sparrows, which will be migrating through the area at this time of the year. Leader is Frank Windfelder.
October 23 – John Heinz NWR, PA. We will look for early waterfowl and late southbound migrants. Leader is Denis Brennan.
October 29 or 30. – Bake Oven Knob, PA. This is a great opportunity to see the southbound hawk migration along the Pennsylvania mountains. Leader is Frank Windfelder.
October 29 – Saw-whet Owl banding with the PA Young Birders at Rushton Farm,Willistown, PA.
November 15 – Saw-whet Owl Banding, Hidden Valley, PA. Visit Scott Weidensaul’s banding station along the Kittatinny Ridge on Second Mountain. Leader is Debbie Beer. Reservations required.
March 22 – April 2, 2012 – Cuba Birding Trip. Leader is Win Shafer.

Mick Jeitner and Linda Rowan have the Witmer Stone signs completed and ready to installed along Sunset Drive in Cape May. The State Park will provide the bases for the signs to be mounted.
A long-time member and friend, Bill Stocku passed away at his home in Arizona. Paul Guris read his obituary.
Anita Guris announced that Nikon is holding an event on October 15 and 16 at Cabela’s Sporting Goods store in Hamburg, PA and Hawk Mountain. This will include Jonathan Wood and his raptor show.
Anita also announce there will be a pelagic trip on a cruise ship, traveling from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, CA from September 23 to 26, 2012
Paul Guris announced there will be a pelagic trip out of Lewes DE on November 19th.
Art McMorris announced, on behalf of member Ted Floyd that the Cape May Fall Birding Weekend is coming up on October 28 to 30. Featured speakers are Ken Kaufman and Ted Floyd.

Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.
On October 20, Bill Boyle will present “Rare Birds in New Jersey: Then and Now”
On November 3, Emily Thomas will present “Effect of Oil and Gas Development on Songbird Abundance in the Eastern United States”
On November 17, the Annual Banquet featuring Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet is scheduled. They will present “The Birds of Cape May”. 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.

Local Notes:
Marty Dellwo reported twenty-one species of warblers as well as a Lincoln Sparrow and a Black-billed Cuckoo at Higbee WMA in Cape May, as well as 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Forsythe WMA, NJ.
Debbie Beer reported a Brewster’s Hybrid Warbler in her yard.
Win Shaver reported that a Tennessee, Blackpoll and Connecticut Warbler were recently banded at the Rushton Farm, Willistown, Pa., along with many other warbler species.

Main Program:
Vice President Art McMorris introduced tonight’s speakers, Paul and Anita Guris. Paul and Anita presented “Reflections on Our First Year (or so) in Bird Photography”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Horton, Secretary