Minutes – Dec 5, 2019

Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:36pm

Call To Order:

President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton


Members present: 47; guests present: 2 (Dieter Schifferli, Randall Sindlinger)

Reports from Council: 


Committee Reports:


Bonnie Witmer

New members: Tom Johnson, Owen Sindler, Barlow Herbst

New applicants: Daniel Long, Chris Richter


Nothing to report


Art McMorris

Slate of Nominees for 2020-2021

President – Linda Widdop; VP – Gregg Gorton; Secretary – Barb Bassett; Treasurer – Marty Dellwo; Councilors-at-Large: Katrina Rakowski, Dan Efroymson (with Navin Sasikumar & Barb Bassett rotating off)

No other nominations were put forward


Lauren Diamond thanked everyone who helped!

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop:

Discovery Center Bird Walk

December 7, [email protected]:00 am – 10:00 am

Trip Leader – Keith Russell

3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 19121

BirdPhilly Walk – Poquessing Park North

December 8, [email protected]

Trip Leader – Holger Pflicke

BirdPhilly Walk: Pennypack on the Delaware

Dedc 12, [email protected]

Trip Leader: Holger Pflicke

Conowingo Dam

Dec 21, [email protected]

Trip Leader: Cliff Hence

Meet at 2569 Shures Landing Rd., Darlington, MD

–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/ and http://birdphilly.org/events.html

Up-coming Program:  

Photo Contest

December 19, [email protected]:30pm

Linda Widdop

Submit your photos by December 13th at 11:59pm


Gregg Gorton: Members’ Night will be on January 9, 2020–one week later than usual. Per tradition, it will be a pot-luck affair. Bert Filemyr will give a talk on some aspect of DVOC history. Location: Discovery Center.

Chris Walters: The Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census will be on January 11, 2020. Please contact Keith Russell if you would like to participate: Keith. Russell6@verizon.net

Local Notes:

Barb Bassett – at Beach Plum Farm, Cape May: Mountain Bluebird. At field across from the Beanery, Cape May: Harris’ Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow and Western-type Flycatcher (DNA analysis of its poop is ongoing).

Tori Sindlinger & Katrina Rakowski – Tori found a Bufflehead at Woodlands Cemetery (on the river), which is the first record in eBird for that site; and they had Wilson’s Snipe, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Common Gallinule at Heinz NWR.

Evening Program:

Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season

Speaker: Roger Pasquier

Roger provided a wealth of information about how birds adapt during the cold season, illustrated with images of many birds. He drew from his new book of the same title, which he made available for sale to members.

Audience awaiting Roger’s talk, as he adjusts his equipment
Well-adapted, but facing environmental changes….

Meeting adjourned at 9:07pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, twenty-some club members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat.