Minutes – Nov 2, 2017

7:30 PM Academy of Natural Sciences (BEES)

Meeting called by President Martin Dellwo. Minutes from last meeting approved by members.
Vice President: George Armistead
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Attendees: 15

Guests: Moed Gerveni

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

Membership: Linda Widdop

New members:
Georgia Spangenberg
Laura Herschel
New Membership Application:
Allison Memmo
Question for attendees:
Does anyone know John and Kate O’Neil? A gift membership was requested and it is difficult to tell from the application who is the benefactor and who is the beneficiary. I left a message and they did not return the call, maybe because they don’t know who I am?

Banquet Committee: Lauren Diamond

Website is updated with registration page to purchase tickets. Neil Hayward will be speaking on big year record.
Next meeting! Please sign up as soon as possible. 55 registrations as of today.

Field Trips: Linda Widdop

Harper’s and Andorra Meadow
November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Wissahickon Environmental Center- Tree House, 300 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
Harper’s and Andorra Meadow
Saturday November 4th Meet at the Tree House 8:00-11:00am
A diversity of habitats for a diversity of late fall migrants!
Trip Leader: Martin Selzer
Waggoner’s Gap
November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch
This trip is timed for migrating golden eagles and northern goshawk. We will meet at the hawk watch at 10am. The hawk watch is a short walk from the parking lot. Bring something to make the rocks more comfortable to sit on.
This is a free event open to DVOC members and non-members alike.
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL BANDING for Young Birders and Families!
November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – November 18, 2017 12:00 am
Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA
Cindy Ahern has arranged a visit to attend a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at Scott Weidensaul’s Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA, during saw-whet owl migration.
Meet at 6 PM for orientation. Registration is required.
Details can be found at https://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/

Upcoming Meetings: George Armistead

Kate Garchinsky – Secret Life of the Red Fox
Annual Banquet
November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sheet Metal Workers International Association, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Speaker: Neil Hayward – ABA Big Year Birder and author of “Lost Among the Birds – Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year”
Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn’t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn’t want to think about his failed relationship with “the one” or his potential for ruining a new relationship with “the next one.” And he almost certainly didn’t want to think about turning forty. And so instead he went birding.

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


Photo contest on 12/21. Judges Martin Dellwo, Patty Rehn and Steve Mattan. Compiler Paul Guris. Deadline for submission is Dec 5th. Categories: Birds, Flora, Fauna, Landscape and Birders. Contest information can be found at https://dvoc.org/activities/photo-contest/
Bonnie Witmer is accepting photos to show at the annual banquet. Send fun photos and photos of birders/members.
Jack Creighton calls for artists to submit artwork to show or sell at the banquet.

Local Notes

Martin Dellwo heard a Peregrine falcon screeching at 20th and Walnut Sts in Philadelphia.
Tony Croasdale reports that he saw a possible Swainson’s Hawk near Manasquan Farms near City Line Ave. but is left unidentified.
Many members report seeing the Common Greenshank at Forsythe NWR during the past 2 weeks.
Matt Halley has been seeing 3 Black Vultures roosting on an apartment building roof in Germantown.
Barb Bassett reports American White Pelican at Cape May State Park this week.
Ken Welsh reports a White Ibis in Morris NJ.

Program: Kate Garchinsky – Secret Life of the Red Fox

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in Edgmont, PA. Her picture book, “The Secret Life of the Red Fox,” written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, released this year and received a starred review from School Library Journal. In 2015 Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has spent time researching and illustrating extinction stories the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet.
Kate recently completed two more narrative non-fiction kids’ books, including a book about the little brown bat, and Rob Bierregaard’s kidlit debut, “Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight.” Both will release in 2018.


Martin Dellwo Adjourns the meeting at 9:00 PM. About a dozen members gathered at Cherry Street Tavern to continue the discussion.