Delaware Valley Ornithological Club
Call To Order:
President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton
Members present: 50; guests: Ross & Melissa Gallardy, William Bassett, Jonathan Volinsky
Reports from Council:
New members: Stephanie & Mark Griffin, Peg Shaw, Nilesh Patel, Sarah Cleary, Joseph Timoney Jr. Nilesh was the only one present, and he was welcomed.
Applicants: Ian Schramm
Fall Migration Walk
Henry Botanic Foundation
Sept 21, 2019@8:30-10:30am
801 Stony Lane (off Rte 23 W at Henry Lane)
Gladwyne, Montgomery County, PA
Leader: Gregg Gorton
West Fairmount Park Walk
Sept 22, 2019@8am-10am
4701 S. Concourse Drive, Philadelphia
(Meet at Concourse Lake Parking Lot, corner of Belmont and S. Concourse)
Leader: Holger Pflicke
Manayunk Chimney Swift Roost
Sept 23, 2019@6:30pm
4667 Umbria Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA 19127
(Park at Ivy Ridge Train Station)
Leader: Judy Stepenaskie
Discovery Center Bird Walks
Sept 28 & Oct 13, 2019@8am-10am
Fairmount Park, East Reservoir
3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Leader: Keith Russell
Explore the East Park Reservoir with Keith Russell
–>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.email@example.com
On October 3, 2019, our speaker will be Professor Marc Schmidt from UPenn, talking about “Bird Song: A Framework to Study the Neurobiology of Courtship Behavior in Songbirds.”
Save this date: Nov 21, 2019 at 6:30pm! The banquet will again be at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Hall on Delaware Avenue. The Bird Art Show will take place again this year, and Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association, will be the featured speaker.
George Armistead: A special event jointly sponsored by DVOC, Wyncote Audubon and the Keneseth Israel Sustainability Committee, on September 25, 2019 at 1:30pm and 7pm will be two talks by the Israeli ornithologist Jonathan Meyrav at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park. The afternoon matinee talk will be “Birds & Birding in the Holy Land,” and the evening talk will be “Israel–Where Migration is Defined.” Following the evening presentation there will be a panel discussion on climate, birds and conservation with representatives from Audubon PA, Penn Environment, Sierra Club, and the Energy Cooperative, moderated by Wendy Ankrom, Chair of the Keneseth Israel Sustainability Committee. Meyrav is prominent figure who is also one of the founders of the Champions of the Flyby Bird Race and Fundraiser.
George Armistead: noted the recent passing of two long-time members, Ron French and Emmerson Bowes. French was a former President of DVOC, and Bowes was the first DVOC webmaster. Hopefully, there will be memorial notes about them in a future Cassinia.
George Armistead: Julie Zickefoose will be speaking about her new book, called “Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-luck Jay” at John James Audubon Center on Sat., Sept 21 at 11am. She is a premier bird artist and writer.
Linda Widdop: Frontiers in Ornithology, a new symposium for young birders (13-22 years-old), will take place at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, on Sept 28. Our own Matt Halley will be one of the esteemed speakers at the event.
Debbie Beer: This year’s Big Sit event will take place at the Heinz Refuge on the Observation Platform beginning at 6am on Sunday, October 13, 2019. This is the tenth Big Sit there, the first having been organized by Tony Croasdale eleven years ago. After a one-year gap, we started it up again.
George Armistead: Folks brought five bird salvage specimens tonight, and you can look at them in their zip-lock bags where they are laid out on display. They include a beautiful Least Bittern, a Bobolink in winter plumage, a tiny Northern Parula, a juvenile Catbird, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Gregg Gorton: Remember that it is not legal to collect salvage specimens for any other purpose than to donate them to the Academy, which has a salvage license. Just put what you find in a zip-lock bag, freeze it, and then bring it to a meeting. Be sure to write the date & place of collection, and your name. And if you have a theory about what happened to the bird (eg, “window kill”), you can include that.
Brian Quindlen: The juvenile Purple Gallinule may still be at the Heinz Refuge. Many people have seen it!
George Armistead: That bird is the 4th record for Heinz and the 5th for Philadelphia. And it seems that two people (Rich Horwitz and Katrina Rakowski) saw it before Louise Zemaitis & Michael O’Brien found it and then got the word out about it.
Katrina Rakowski: I took a picture of it, but didn’t realize that it wasn’t a Common Gallinule!
Bonnie Witmer: had a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and several redstarts in our back yard.
George Armistead: Due to our running past time for our speaker, we will have to move on to this evening’s program.
Galapagos Islands Voyage
Speaker: Barb Bassett
Barb took us along on her 2017 trip using terrific slides of the birds, the landscapes, many of the other interesting creatures, and the boat inm which she sailed. She also showed us some fabulous underwater video taken while snorkeling among the coral reef and rocky seascapes where the boat anchored. Her humor and ample knowledge of her subject matter made for an alluring evening that ended with more than a handful of audience members excitedly talking about their desire to take a trip to those amazing islands.
Meeting adjourned at 9:24pm
After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:
After the formal meeting, a eighteen members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat, obviously pleased with yet another autumnal rebirth of DVOC’s Thursday night meetings.