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September 15, 2011

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:41 PM. Twenty members and two guests were present.

The minutes of the June 2nd meeting were approved as submitted.

Frank Windfelder announced that Chair Connie Goldman has resigned as the Chairperson due to her work schedule. She will stay on as a member of the committee. Anita Guris has accepted the position of Chairperson.
Frank announced that Timothy Kita has applied for membership to the club. This will be passed on to the Council for consideration.

Chair Phil Witmer announced that the Festival of Birding would take place this Saturday, September 17th at the John Heinz NWR from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Field Trips:
Marty Dellwo conducted the trip reports and announcements:
Trip Reports:
September 3 – Johnson Sod Farms in Salem County. Steve Kacir reported on this trip they saw two adult plumage American Golden-Plovers, along with 10 to 12 Pectoral Sandpipers.
September 4 – Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ. Frank Windfelder reported that this day did not produce a lot of migrants. The best bird seen was a Least Flycatcher.
September 10 – Fort Washington State Park, Pa. Bert Filemyr reported that 15 species of warblers were seen on this good migration day.
September 12 – Nummy Island and Stone Harbor, NJ. Most shorebirds seen were roosting due to extra high tides. A few Piping Plovers were seen along with Tricolored Herons and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.
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.
March 2012 – Cuba Birding Trip. Leader is Win Shafer.

Vice President Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs.
We are in need of a member to chair the Orni Study Committee, to replace Dino Fiabane, who has resigned.
On October 6, Paul and Anita Guris will present “Reflections on Our First Year (or so) in Bird Photography”
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”
November 17, Annual Banquet featuring Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet. They will present “The Birds of Cape May”.

The Festival of Birding will take place this Saturday, September 17th at the Heinz NWR
The Witmer Stone weekend is September 30 to October 2 in Medford, NJ.
Local Notes:
Bob Mercer reported a Hudsonian Godwit as well as some Cattle Egrets along Compromise Road in Salem County, NJ.
Marty Dellwo reported a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Philadelphia Vireo and another 33 species at John Heinz NWR, Pa.
Marty also reported 19 warbler species and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on September 12 at Higbee NWR, NJ, along with a Connecticut Warbler in Cumberland County.
Sam Perloff reported a Yellow-breasted Chat 50 miles at sea, along with 3 species of shearwaters and 2 species of Jaegers. On September 11.
Frank Windfelder reported an American Golden-Plover at Pennypack on the Delaware, Pa. on September 11.

Main Program:
Vice President Art McMorris introduced tonight’s speaker, Eugene Potapov. Eugene presented “The Steller’s Sea Eagle in the wilderness: a global warming sentinel?”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Horton, Secretary