Minutes – March 16, 2017

7:30 PM Academy of Natural Sciences

Meeting called by President Martin Dellwo
Vice President: George Armistead
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Attendees: 27
Guests: Bruce Blade

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

Deadline for signing up for 2017 is end of March.
Full information on the Bob Billings Big Year is on the DVOC website: http://dvoc.org/wp/about/committees/billings/

Membership: Bonnie Witmer

Bonnie announces new member applications of Beth Thompson Moorehouse.

Conservation: Ann Reeves

Ann announces that Trump administration is cutting EPA by 30%

Field Trips:

Barnegat in Winter – March 18, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey 08006, USA
Walk the jetty and beach to view wintering waterfowl including Harlequin Ducks and Common Eiders.
Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Details can be found at http://dvoc.org/wp/activities/field-trips/

Upcoming Meetings: George Armistead

April 6, 2017 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM @ The Academy of Natural Sciences

Jennifer Uehling: Blood-sucking Ectoparasites & Their Avian Hosts

Supported by the DVOC Interns Fund, Jenny examined Hippoboscid flies, a blood-sucking ectoparasite, and their avian hosts at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Working with Jason Weckstein and Janice Dispoto, she used fly gut dissection and molecular tools to determine the host associations of Hippoboscid flies collected from birds in Mexico. The results suggest that individual flies were moving between multiple bird species. She will discuss the potential implications of these results, including the discovery of new host associations and avian malaria transmission. She will also discuss her past work on Australian fairy-wrens and her current work on using eBird and radio-tags to understand bird movement.
Note: Quizzo is rescheduled to May 6th.

April 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm @ The Academy of Natural Sciences

Jeffrey Hall – NW PAssage: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania

Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chatauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders, it is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west. The timber and petroleum booms in the 19th century and strip mining in the mid-20th century took a huge toll on the environment of NW PA. But many areas have recovered, and now there is much to appreciate in the ‘far corner’ of Pennsylvania: Forested hills that are home to warblers, thrushes, and tanagers; rivers and creeks occupied by mergansers and otters; lakes and marshes that attract waterbirds; even reclaimed strip mines that now provide habitat for grassland species. This program will survey some of the best natural features of this often-overlooked region.

Meeting schedule and details can be found at http://dvoc.org/wp/activities/meetings/


Bonnie Witmer announces “Designing with Native Plants” at Millgrove on Sat March 18th. Contact Bonnie for details and sign up.
Phil Witmer asks if older members were members of Junior Audubon clubs that are not in existence any longer. Amy Weidensaul is looking for information for interviews.
Phil Witmer is working with Audubon PA on bird collision program to go statewide. Asking for volunteers to help with program.
Victoria Sindlinger will be competing in the World Series of Birding for her Middle School WSB team. Looking for members and experienced adult to mentor the team.
Ken Walsh’s WSB team is raising money for DVOC this year.
Linda Widdop announces that DVOC has a book for review. “Wounded Warriors: A Soldier’s Story of Healing Through Birds” by Robert Vallieres with Jacquelyn Howard available for members to borrow and review.
Matt Halley announces that he is going to Nicaragua to remote regions starting tomorrow through April 22nd that haven’t been explored since 1922 by former DVOC presidents. Looking forward to the adventure.
Marty Dellwo found a Bananaquit in Florida. Details to follow at Cherry Street Tavern later tonight and on ABA Rare Bird alert.

Local Notes/Sightings

Rob Bierregaard had a Woodcock in his yard for a new yard bird in Wynwood. Also reports that two of his tagged Ospreys are on the move north.
Holly Merker chased a Northern Shrike in Chester County today but didn’t see it. The bird was seen today by others.
Gregg Gorton had 8 Rusty Blackbirds working the creek at Sturbridge Park 2 weeks ago.
Linda Widdop had 25 Robins eating birdseed today after the snowstorm.
Bert Filemyr saw the Tufted Duck in Cape May near the Cape May ball fields with Ring-necked Ducks.

Bert Filemyr – A Brief Ornithological History of the Delaware Valley – People, Birds, Places and Other Things


Martin Dellwo Adjourns the meeting at 9:25 PM. About a dozen members gathered at Cherry Street Tavern to continue the discussion. Members remembered Steve Kacir near the anniversary of his untimely death with a hearty toast.