State College Bird Club
18 Nov. 2009
The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on 18 Nov.
2009. Thirty members and guests attended; Deb Grove presided.
Dorothy Bordner read the Treasurer’s Report, and Nan Butkovich read the
minutes. Dorothy also read the checklist. Attendees
reported xxx species within a 25-mile radius of Old Main since 29
Oct. 2009. Species of note included Brant, Northern Shrike, and
• Local Christmas Bird Counts are calling for
participants. Check with the various coordinators if interested
• The Club received a thank you note from the Eagle
Scout who was working on the shelter at Centre Wildlife Care.
• The Club wished to acknowledge Wiscoy for their $40 membership.
• 20 Dec.: State College CBC
• 28 Dec.: Lake Raystown CBC
• 3 Jan.: Bald Eagle CBC
• 3 Feb.: Owling at Bald Eagle St. Pk.
• 8 May: Bald Eagle St. Pk. Bird Festival
Joe Verica gave a presentation on birding in Taiwan. Taiwan is a
tropical country that’s over 60% mountains. It has 471 reported
species, 15 of which are endemic, and there are 69 endemic
sub-species. Joe discussed the habitats and avifauna at several
locations around the country, including the Taipei region, the East
Rift Valley, Kenting National Park on the southern tip, Ping Tong
(Dong), Kaoh Siung (Kao chung) County, the Cigu (Chi goo) area, and Ali
Shan and Yu Shan mountains. A few of the species discussed
include the Light-Vented Bulbul (Bowlbowl) (which is out-competing the
Styan’s Bulbul for habitat), the Taiwan Hill Partridge and the Collared
Bush Robin (both endemic species), the Crested Serpent Eagle, and the
Sacred Ibis (an exotic which has now established a breeding population
in the country).
Minutes taken by Nan Butkovich, Secretary