State College Bird Club

April 24, 2014

The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on April 24, 2014.  Approximately 30 members and guests attended. Diane Bierly presided.

•    The minutes of the March 26th meeting were read.
•    Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s Report.
•    Ro Fuller announced that the final bird club meeting of the Spring would be a potluck at Shaver’s Creek on May 28.
•    Membership chairperson Megan Orient announced that the bird club now had 65 paid memberships.
•    Greg Grove gave a quick update on efforts to prevent the construction of wind turbines on Jacks and Stone Mountain. Greg again had some Jacks Mountain commemorative patches available for sale for $5 to support the effort.
•    The election of officers was held with the following officers elected to 2-year terms:
VP/Field Trips: Joe Verica; Treasurer: Dorothy Bordner; Members at large: Greg Grove and Bob Fowles (all continuing officers).
•    Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since March 26. Some species of note were Brant, Surf Scoter, Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Virginia Rail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, and Pink-footed Goose.

•    Field Trips – Joe Verica announced that he would lead a field trip to Toftrees on April 27th.

The evening’s presentation was by Nan Butkovich, who gave a talk on Urban Birding in San Diego. She described how she had been able to get to various parks and birding hotspots using public transportation. Nan noted that it was challenging not having access to a car but was doable with careful planning and by making some compromises. She relied mostly on trolleys and buses. Nan noted that a 3-day bus pass available for $12 was particularly useful and cost-effective.

Nan showed photos of some of the birds she has seen, highlighting her best finds as well as noting a few misses.

Submitted by Ron Crandall, Secretary.