Minutes – April 6, 2017

7:30 PM Academy of Natural Sciences

Meeting called by President Martin Dellwo
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Attendees: 18
Guests: Karen Walter

Opening Remarks Martin Dellwo

Marty Dellwo calls the meeting to order and welcomes members and guests.
Minutes from last meeting approved by membership

Committee Reports

Billings Big Year: Art McMorris

Presentation of the 2016 award to be presented during the meeting.
Full information on the Bob Billings Big Year is on the DVOC website:

Membership: Bonnie Witmer

Bonnie Witmer announces new member applications.

Field Trips: Linda Widdop

Bonnie Witmer reports on the special trip to East Park Reservoir. Co-sponsored trip with city agencies to the newly renovated park.

Lardner’s Point Park
April 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lardner’s Point Park, Levick St, Philadelphia, PA 19135, USA
Trip Leader – Tony Croasdale

Manyunk Towpath
April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
Trip Leader – Tony Croasdale

Hawkins Road
April 30, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Hawkin Road Pipeline Trail
Trip Leaders – Steve Mattan and Patty Rehn

Details can be found at:

Upcoming Meetings: Linda Widdop

Jeffrey Hall – NW Passage: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania
April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

Meeting schedule and details can be found at:


Phil Witmer to lead a walk at Mill Grove on April 15th at 8 AM.
Linda Widdop announces that Pennsylvania Game Commission seeks volunteers to monitor heron rookeries in PA. Details will be sent in the Weekly Digest.

Local Notes/Sightings

Barb Bassett reports that a Raven’s nest is active at Beasley’s Point power station – first reported in Cape May county for many years. Please check in with the power plant if you go. Directions on eBird.
Ken Walsh saw the Tufted Duck in Cape May county. Plus 2 Little Gulls at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton NJ. Also made a stop at Silver Lake in Bucks County to see Rusty Blackbirds
Marty Dellwo stopped at Pennypack on the Delaware tonight and found an Eastern Meadowlark and FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Barb Bassett reports that Coral Ave in Cape May is a good spot to see spring migration and Gannets close to shore.
Mike O’Brien reported 3 Black Vultures at the Bell Towers near 54th St in Philadelphia. Also roosting on the building.
Discussion of Bald Eagle nests in Phila area at John Heinz, Pennypack on the Delaware, Pennypack Trust and another found in Claymont DE (previously unreported).
Linda Widdop reports that she has a Screech Owl roosting in the owl box in the yard in Rydal PA.

Presentation of 2016 Billing’s Big Year Award – Art McMorris

Art McMorris, Liz Billings and Karen Walter present the award to Barb Bassett for reporting 317 species in 2016.

Billings Award Winner - Barb Bassett with Art McMorris, Liz Billings and Karen Walter

Billings Award Winner – Barb Bassett with Art McMorris, Liz Billings and Karen Walter

Included in Barb’s total are 6 species not seen previously in this event: White-faced Storm-Petrel, Great Skua, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird and Varied Thrush.

Jennifer Uehling: Blood-sucking ectoparasites & their Avian Hosts

Recent Academy intern Jennifer Uehling

Recent Academy intern Jennifer Uehling



Martin Dellwo Adjourns the meeting at 8:50 PM. About a dozen members gathered at Cherry Street Tavern to continue the discussion.