Minutes – March 5, 2020 Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Academy of Natural Sciences – Commons

Call to Order: President: Linda Widdop

Call to Order: 7:30pm
Vice-President: Gregg Gorton
Secretary (for Barb Bassett): Laura Stokley

Minutes from last meeting approved as submitted.

Attendees: 24 members present

Reports from Council

Interns Fund: Chris Walters

Chris reports that DVOC will support Jenna Souto, for the 2020 Coop in the Ornithology Department for Drexel University working at the Academy of Natural Sciences from March through September 2020.

Committee Reports:

Membership: Linda Widdop for Bonnie Witmer

New Members: Jim Wright, Steve Gautier, Laura Stokley

Billings: Art McMorris

Art reports that the winner of 2019 contest will be announced shortly

Conservation: Anne Becker

Anne requests anyone with expertise installing nest cameras contact her.

Graffiti Pier Public Engagement Meeting at Portside Art Center on March 12th to determine the future of the area. Anne urges members to attend and voice their opinion to keep it open space along the river.

Field Trips: Linda Widdop

Birding the Schuylkill River from Manayunk
March 07, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
High and Dupont Sts, Philadelphia, PA, 19127
Trip Leader: Gregg Gorton

We will begin at the parking lot at the Manayunk Bridge Trailhead, which is at Dupont & High Streets. We will bird from the Philly side of the bridge and then go down to the Schuylkill River Trail (towpath), which we’ll take upriver to Flat Rock dam, or thereabouts, depending on time. Wintering ducks & other water birds, raptors and early migrants are likely.

See websites for details: https://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/ and http://birdphilly.org/events.html

–>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


Linda Widdop: on March 7th, from 2-5pm, Friends of Forsythe will be holding a symposium “3 Billion Birds Gone Missing: How, Why What Can Be Done”, at Stockton college. https://friendsofforsythe.org/calendar/  Linda is looking for members of the club to come support her.  There will be an opportunity to have a table with club membership information.

Local Notes

General discussion about owls in the Philadelphia area:
Tony Croasdale reports a Screech Owl in Philadelphia at McMichael Park/Mifflin school right along sidewalk and very visible
Anne Bekker reports 2 Barred Owls calling in Carpenter’s Woods recently but not known if they will stay around
Philadelphia has good Barred Owl habitat but no recent breeding pairs

Gregg Gorton reports that the Peregrines on St. John the Baptist church in Manyunk are being seen
Tony Croasdale has seen at least one Peregrine hanging around the train bridge at 63rd and Catherine near Cobbs Creek Park

Marty Dellwo reports a Ross’ Goose in Bucks county

Bert Filemyr reports that Mike Rosengarten had a Crested Caracara fly over at Evinsburg State Park in PA
Brian Quindlen reports that Nathaniel Sharp also saw a Crested Caracara in VT around the same date.

Linda Widdop reports that Bluebirds are back at Fox Chase Farm in Philadelphia and also visible from Lorimer Park in Montgomery County.

Programs: Gregg Gorton

March 19, 2020 @ 7:30pm-9pm

Eighty-five Years and Counting: Discoveries about Migration & Raptors from Hawk Mountain
Speaker: Laurie Goodrich (Rosalie Edge Award Winner, 2019)

Evening Program:

The History of Bird Sound Recording at Cornell

Speaker: Randolph Scott Little

This presentation will trace the history of bird sound recording from the early days of optical soundtracks for talkies during the Great Depression to the modern era of using a smartphone and the internet.  The epicenter of this development in the United States, indeed in the world, was and is at the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University.  The speaker has been directly involved in that activity for the past seven decades, working alongside the original principals, learning from them and passing along that knowledge to new generations of bird sound recordists.

Randolph Scott Little

The meeting adjourned at 9:02pm.

After-meeting at Cherry Street Tavern

After the meeting, a group went over to Cherry Street Tavern to enjoy adult beverages and more chatter.

The gang including new member!