2018 - 2019 Season

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September 12

Nick Pulcinella
The Birding Club of Delaware County 1998-2018: A Retrospective

Happy Anniversary! Join us to celebrate BCDC’s 20th anniversary with a look back at the club's beginnings as well as its achievements to the present time. Cake will be served.

October 10

Mariana & Andy Pesthy
Birding South Africa

South Africa is well known for its birds and other wildlife, throughout a range of habitats. Our adventurous trip in 2016 included birding in national parks such as West Coast NP, Kruger NP, and other diverse sites. We enjoyed many beautiful birds in the South African springtime, and we had numerous other encounters with some animals small and cute, and others large and dangerous.

This presentation combines photographs and video clips to bring you an immersive experience of South African birding.

Mariana and Andy have been BCDC members for well over a decade and have travelled widely in their birding quest.

November 14

Larry Niles
Horseshoe Crabs and the Delaware Bay

Horseshoe Crabs and the Delaware Bay Delaware Bay is well known as a stopover for thousands of Arctic nesting shorebirds including the Red Knot. The shorebird stopover depends on an abundance of horseshoe crabs; the bay is home to the largest population of horseshoe crabs in the world. As the crabs continue to recover from overharvest by bait fishers in the 1990's, the current population is only a third of the number prior to that time. This talk will focus on the ecosystem impacts of a collapse of the horseshoe crab population on all birds, as well as on the commercially valuable fisheries of the bay. Restoring horseshoe crabs to their full carrying capacity is likely to restore sportfish, like weakfish, as well as increase shorebird numbers, including the Red Knot.

Dr. Lawrence Niles received a BS and MS at Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Rutgers University, Program in Ecology and Evolution. The majority of his career was spent working for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife where he led the Bald Eagle Recovery Project and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Project. In 2006, Dr. Niles retired from the State and started his own company to pursue independent research and management projects on shorebird ecology and conservation and habitat conservation through planning and restoration. His work is now carried out in partnership with many groups.

December 12

Bert Filemyr
Spring Birding Along the Northern Ohio Lakeshore (aka "Let's go to Magee Marsh!")

As warblers and other neo-tropic migrants move north in the spring, they often congregate in “migrant traps.” In these locations, the birds rest up before they continue their travels. Birders know where these locations are, and birders congregate there too. One such place is beside the Lake Ontario shoreline in northern Ohio, commonly referred to as “Magee Marsh” because Magee Marsh State Park is the focus of the area. This 40-mile stretch of shoreline includes multiple birding locations. During a three-week period in May, birders can see and photograph almost 200 species of birds here. Come experience the wonders of this area.

Bert Filemyr is an active field birder, having birded extensively in all of 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces. Bert achieved a long-term goal of seeing at least 100 species in each of the lower 48 states. Retired from a public school teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt the book "The Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America" and a major article on Alexander Wilson in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.


January 9

Brian Quindlen
Birding with BQ in Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is a birder's paradise! On Brian's first-ever trip to this region, he and his friends made the most of their time exploring as many hotspots as they could fit into five days. Through photography and digiscoping, they observed many of the species that make Arizona a premier birding destination in the United States! Come enjoy the journey with them.

Brian "BQ" Quindlen is an avid birder, photographer, digiscoper, and educator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Pennsylvania state certified K-6 elementary school teacher and K-12 environmental educator, BQ connects students with nature in a formal education setting. Outside of the classroom, BQ enjoys connecting people with nature almost as much as he loves birding itself! BQ is the leader of the GV Trailblazers nature program, an environmental education club and summer camp that takes students, in grades 1-12, birding. BQ has worked for over fifteen years at the Upper Main Line YMCA's Environmental Education Complex. There he coordinated the YMCA Earth Service Corps, an environmental service learning and leadership program for middle school and high school students. Through this program, the Y Birding program was born. Y Birding students competed in the World Series of Birding fifteen times; BQ was either a competitor or a coach for the Y's decorated youth teams. Outside of youth birding, BQ is a past president of the Birding Club of Delaware County.

February 13

Dan Mummert
Pennsylvania's Barn Owl Conservation Initiative

During this presentation, Dan will focus on one of our state's rarest and more secretive birds… the Barn Owl. He will discuss a number of topics related to Barn Owls including their nesting habits, habitat requirements and the conservation issues affecting their population in Pennsylvania. Dan will describe the Game Commission's Barn Owl Conservation Initiative and share what this program, which is in its thirteenth year, has taught us about Pennsylvania's Barn Owls and what must be done to maintain our state's Barn Owls into the long-term future.

Dan Mummert is the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Wildlife Diversity Biologist for southeastern Pennsylvania. Since Dan began working for the Game Commission in 2004 his focus has been on the conservation of our state's rare and declining bird and mammal species. It is truly a wonderful job that involves everything from teaching landowners how to enhance their property for wildlife to managing species-specific conservation projects and population surveys. When not wearing his PGC hat, Dan can usually be found coaching softball, reading, or hiking in the woods looking for rare birds.

March 13

Ian Gardner
CACAO in Honduras

CACAO stands for Cooperative Avian Conservation and Outreach, a multinational collective of ornithologists, tour guides, conservationists, and journalists interested in making connections with local communities and conducting rapid assessments of birds in understudied areas of Honduras. It is also the colloquial name for the Red-throated Caracara, a charismatic and locally declining raptor in Central America. In January 2017, the CACAO Expedition visited two understudied and threatened regions of eastern Honduras: Reserva Biologica Rus Rus in La Moskitia, and Parque Nacional Botaderos in Olancho. The group met with local conservationists, learned about the regional natural history and environmental threats, and documented both resident and neotropical migrant birds, including significant range expansions for several species.

Ian Gardner was born, raised, and educated in Central PA where he still resides. He earned his B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation at Juniata College, and his M.S. degree in Forest Resources at Penn State University. He is employed as a Wildlife Technician at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he specializes in birds, plants, and moths. During the last two years he has helped found the Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation (PiNBC), a volunteer group of conservationists interested in studying and conserving neotropical migrants and their habitats by working with local communities and conducting rapid assessments in at-risk natural areas. The latest project for PiNBC was the CACAO Expedition to Honduras.

April 10

Kevin Loughlin
Celebrate Nature through Image and Story

Join Kevin Loughlin, nature photographer and owner of Wildside Nature Tours, on a whirlwind ride across the hemispheres through colorful images from his travels in just the past year!
Kevin’s presentation will feature colorful images captured throughout his travels during the past year including Africa, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon River and our beautiful American national parks!

May 8

Rob Fergus
Birds Among the Modern and Ancient Maya

How did the Turkey Vulture get its red head? Which bird did the Ancient Mayan creator god transform into in order to bring messages to people? Which bird eggs have magical powers among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico? What bird warns Lacandon Maya farmers if a dangerous snake may be nearby? What messages do owls bring to modern Chol, Ch’orti’, Mopan, and other Mayan speakers? Ancient and Modern Maya communities have over 2000 years of extensive cultural interactions with birds. Since 2006 Rob Fergus has been working with linguist Kerry Hull (BYU) and native Mayan speakers to document and studying bird names and folklore among nine Mayan language communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. This presentation provides a glimpse into fascinating cultural worlds, where birds are community members that bring important messages, warnings, and healing to the lives of their human neighbors.

BCDC President Rob Fergus studies human-bird interactions and received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Rob is the former executive director of Travis Audubon Society, founder of the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, Texas and National Audubon Senior Scientist for Urban Bird Conservation. He currently teaches geography and environmental studies at Rowan University.

June 12

Annual Picnic at Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park, Area #8

Who: You! Your Family! Your Friends! All are welcome!
Where: Ridley Creek State Park, Area #8
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Picnic starts around 5:00 pm. (Pavilion available at 8:00 am.)
BCDC Provides:
Soft drinks, Ice, Water, Charcoal, Hot Fire, Plates, Napkins, Cooking Utensils, Condiments
You Bring:
Your food, plus some to share (if desired)