• DVOC Conservation Grants Announced

    A Message From the Conservation Committee
    The Conservation Committee and the Council are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s conservation grants:

    1. $750 to the Birding Backpack Lending Program to purchase five additional backpacks, and the remainder
    2. $600 to Audubon’s Discovery Center to establish a recording station to capture and analyze nocturnal flight calls of migrants.

    The Birding Backpack Lending Program, with its goal of exposing children and adults in our communities to the wonderful birding opportunities in our backyards, was established at the Andorra Library in April 2017 and has since been expanded to three additional branches. Andorra’s birding backpacks saw over 100 uses during nature programs hosted by the Library. Citywide, the currently available 40 backpacks have been borrowed by individuals over 295 times to date, for 3-week loan periods. Each backpack contains binoculars, trail maps, a field guide and a laminated BirdPhilly card.
    Establishing a recording station for nocturnal flight calls at the Discovery Center will increase our understanding of how and when birds migrate over the city of Philadelphia. Holger Pflicke, who has been running such a station from his home in South Philadelphia for three migration seasons, has been working with Audubon’s Keith Russell to ensure the feasibility of this project. A test run in October 2018 was successful, and included the capture of a recording of an unexpected fly-over Dickcissel. All data generated through this project will be made available to the public via ebird.

    Further information on the Conservation Committee and Conservation Grants is at
    http://dvoc.org/about/committees/conservation/

  • Bob Billings Big Year Winner

    DVOC congratulates Sandra Keller, the winner of the 2018 Bob Billings Big Year award. Sandra saw 303 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2018, all but one in New Jersey! The award will be presented to Sandra at the March 21 DVOC meeting, with members of Bob Billings’s family present, and Sandra will give us a brief talk about her big year effort.

  • Cityscapes and Greenscapes Conference

    The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2019 “Cityscapes and Greenscapes” Conference will take place on March 18 and 19 at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel. The “early bird” registration deadline is February 25th.

    http://www.paee.net/paee-conference.html

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Meetings

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March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Cindy Ahern

Cindy Ahern’s journey began with a visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, resulting in the transformation of her yard into a full-fledged bird habitat! Along with the hummingbirds, her typical suburban property has a list of 129 other bird species! Ahern will share tales of successes, drawbacks, and surprises along the way, with suggestions for attracting hummingbirds, along other tips for creating a bird-friendly urban/suburban habitat! Ahern is an adjunct professor in the Temple University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture in the Tyler School of Art.

Included in the meeting will be the presentation of the 2018 Bob Billings Big Year award to Sandra Keller, who saw 303 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2018. Members of Bob Billings’s family will be present, and Sandra will give us a brief talk about her big year effort.



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Field Trips

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March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will look and listen for American woodcocks displaying in the meadow. We will also look for owls, foxes, flying squirrels and other
nocturnal wildlife.


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March 31, 2019
March 31, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Trip Leader: TBA

Free to all members and non-members

Join us on a bird walk with a local birding expert as we hike around a site noted for over 150 species of bird visitor every year. With deep water, limited access, and a lake full of fish, the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir is home to some of the most unique bird species in the area. No experience necessary. This is a joint trip with PA Audubon.


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BirdPhilly is an initiative of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Founded in 1890, the DVOC has been based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1891. The DVOC runs fields trips throughout the tri-state region, however BirdPhilly focuses on trips within in Philadelphia city limits in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Through BirdPhilly our goal is to increase interest and awareness of Philadelphia’s birds by providing quality birding experiences on expertly guided field trips. All field trips are free unless the site charges an admission fee. These trips are open to children, adults, and well behaved pets. BirdPhilly also participates in DVOC’s Philadelphia Bird Race to raise funds for conservation and research projects.

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The club enthusiastically welcomes new members – young people, beginners and anyone else who is genuinely interested in birding. Members benefit from the wealth of information and expertise that this club offers. The bi-annual club journal, Cassinia, is provided to members.

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The Delaware Valley is the name given to the region that lays on either side of the Delaware River, centered on Philadelphia. This consists of southeastern Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware. Tell me more…


The following counties fall within our boundaries.

In Pennsylvania;
Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, Northampton County and Philadelphia County.

In New Jersey;
Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Salem County, Somerset County and Warren County.

In Delaware;
New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County

DVOC Flickr Page

Want to see and share photos of Delaware Valley birds? Check out our Flickr page.

Notable Nearby E-Bird Sightings

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DVOC Initiatives

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BirdPhilly is an initiative of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Founded in 1890, the DVOC has been based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1891. The DVOC runs fields trips throughout the tri-state region, however BirdPhilly focuses on trips within in Philadelphia city limits in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Through BirdPhilly our goal is to increase interest and awareness of Philadelphia’s birds by providing quality birding experiences on expertly guided field trips. All field trips are free unless the site charges an admission fee. These trips are open to children, adults, and well behaved pets. BirdPhilly also participates in DVOC’s Philadelphia Bird Race to raise funds for conservation and research projects.

Visit the BirdPhilly webiste

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB)

Partnering with DVOC’s World Series of Birding Team’s corporate sponsor, Nikon Sport Optics, NB4NB is committed to supplying new, serviceable binoculars to organizations that expose young people to birding and the outdoors. We focus on those organizations that are local to the Delaware Valley Region: southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.




Each year the DVOC raises money for our Conservation Fund. Most of the funds are raised as part of the DVOC’s participation in NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding but other donations are certainly accepted. All funds collected in a calendar year are distributed to one or more organizations recommended by the Conservation Committee and approved by Council. For further information on donating – conservation@dvoc.org

You can quickly and easily make a donation using PayPal. Click the “Donate” button above to do this. If you have a Paypal Account please log in. If you do not, use the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” section in the lower left hand corner of the page that appears after you click the “Donate” button below.

The DVOC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible.