• The City Nature Challenge is coming to Philly!

    The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is coming to the Greater Philadelphia Area for the first time this year! This worldwide bioblitz happening from April 26-29th aims to engage residents in documenting the biodiversity of urban areas around the world and Philadelphia will be competing with 150+ cities around the world including the likes of Pittsburgh, NYC, London, and Hong Kong. The winners will be decided on 3 categories – most species, most observations, and most observers. To participate and help Philadelphia win, take photos or audio recordings of birds, plants or any other wild things you see and upload them to iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/). The observations need to be made from April 26-29th in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware or Bucks counties in PA or Camden, Gloucester or Burlington counties in NJ. You don’t need to identify everything you see, a combination of automatic image recognition and community peer reviewers will help you identify that wildflower or the bee pollinating it that you couldn’t recognize. For more information and a list of events happening during the CNC, visit https://cncphilly.org/.

  • What Do Birds Eat?

    THE AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S APRIL 2019 MEETING:

    What Do Birds Eat?
    Exploring Insect Biodiversity in Birds’ Diets

    Ashley Kennedy, PhD Candidate, Tallamy Lab
    Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
    University of Delaware

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 PM

    33rd Annual Calvert Award Presentation
    Fifth Annual Entomology Supplies Giveaway

    The Academy of Natural Sciences
    of Drexel University, 1900 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    In the Reading Room of the Ewell Sale Stewart Library, Second Floor
    (Enter the Academy through the 19th Street entrance.)

     Meetings are free and open to the public.

  • 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/

Meetings

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May 02, 2019

May 02, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Andrew McGann

“In Andy’s position as a senior application engineer at Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT) he combines his background in ornithology with his love of technology and appreciation for geography, in order to help wildlife researchers and organizations around the world obtain the scientific information they need. CTT specializes in “Internet-of-Things” wildlife telemetry devices for worldwide data delivery via global cellular networks. Lightweight, solar-recharging, energy-thrifty, and rugged, CTT devices are worn by wild animals for long-term remote GPS tracking. Andy will discuss the evolution of the technology, the current state-of-the-art, and paint a picture of where we are going.

Over his 15+ years of professional experience in academia, NGO’s, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms, Andy has learned a lot about what can go wrong when combining tech and wildlife. But the “Information Age” has truly arrived for wildlife telemetry, and we are now entering a golden age for movement ecology studies.”



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Field Trips

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April 26, 2019
April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Jason Weckstein

Free to all members and non-members

Jason Weckstein, Associate Professor BEES/Associate Curator of Ornithology Academy of Natural Sciences and Matthew Halley, Ph.D. Candidate BEES will lead a bird/nature walk at Bartram’s Garden. Join them for a few hours in the field to photograph and identify as many species as possible. While the walk will focus on birds, we will also photograph other wildlife and will upload images to iNaturalist. The walk will start at 8 am at the Bartram’s Garden parking lot.

This walk is part of the City Nature Challenge. See https://cncphilly.org/events/ for more CNC events


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April 26, 2019
April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

Join Billy Brown, nature writer for Grid Magazine and co-host of the Urban Wildlife Podcast along with DVOC President and birder George Armistead on a lunchtime birding walk in Independence National Historical Park. Eighty-six species of birds have been recorded in the park, and we hope to see some of Center City’s resident birds, as well as migrants, passing through. Meet at the Commodore John Barry statue just south of Independence Hall at noon.

This walk is part of the City Nature Challenge. See https://cncphilly.org/events/ for more CNC events


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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.