• The Annual Banquet is Almost Here!

    The DVOC Annual Banquet is almost here. Get your tickets before it is too late.

    When: November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
    Where: Sheet Metal Workers International Association, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Speaker: Neil Hayward
    “Lost Among the Birds”

  • DVOC Photography Night

    Start sorting through your photos and find your inner artist! The annual DVOC photography contest will be here before you know it. Submit your best photos to compete for prizes, then all are welcome to join us on December 21st to see our fellow members’ finest photography work. This is always a fun meeting and will be even better this year because we’ve upgraded our projector!!

    UPDATE: We now have judges for this year: Patty Rehn, Steve Mattan, Martin Dellwo

    More details, including deadlines and rules, are at this link http://dvoc.org/activities/photo-contest/

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Meetings

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December 7, 2017
  • Laurie Goodrich: Chasing Broadwings to Brazil and Back

    December 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Join us as we track the amazing journey of the broad-winged hawk from space using satellite telemetry technology, and together we'll trace the movements of this long-distance migrant from Pennsylvania to Central and South America, and back. This study marks the first time a telemetry unit has ever been placed on a juvenile broadwing. Hawk Mountain is grateful to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for its State Wildlife Grant, and support from ATAS International, the East Stroudsburg University Research Grant, Pennsylvania Audubon, and other private donors and supporters on Indiegogo for making this work possible.
    http://www.hawkmountain.org/science/broadwing-tracking/page.aspx?id=4456

    Hawk Mountain hired Laurie Goodrich as its first full-time research biologist. Today she boasts more than 25 years of service and oversees the Sanctuary's long-term migration monitoring programs, including the mammoth annual autumn hawk count, and the Sanctuary's natural history database.

    An enthusiastic educator, Laurie also is a skilled interpretive naturalist and helps to train interns and volunteers in raptor identification. In 2010 the board selected her to serve as Director of Education for two years and during this time she spearheaded a rigorous planning process that resulted in the first-ever long-range plan for Hawk Mountain education programming.

    Laurie recently launched the new Pennsylvania Farmland Raptors Program, and is the Hawk Mountain liaison for the award-winning Raptor Population Index Project. Her latest focus is on publishing results from her dissertation research and in analyzing long-term datasets on age and sex of raptor migrants.

    A long-time volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sister of Schuylkill County, Laurie enjoys gardening, hiking and bird watching, and resides in Orwigsburg.


    See more details

Field Trips

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November 22, 2017
  • Eagles at Conowingo Dam (Maryland)

    November 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Conowingo Dam, Darlington, MD 21034, USA

    This time of year hundreds of Eagles gather below the dam to fish and interact. Also an excellent spot for photography. Meet near the concession stand near the dam. We will also visit some other birding spots south along the river.

    Meet 9AM at the Conowingo Dam for prime Eagle viewing.

    Leader Cliff Hence cwhenceiii (at )aol.com

    This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members alike.

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December 2, 2017
  • Eagles at Conowingo Dam (MD)

    December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Conowingo Dam, Darlington, MD 21034, USA

    This time of year hundreds of Eagles gather below the dam to fish and interact. Also an excellent spot for photography. Meet near the concession stand near the dam. We will also visit some other birding spots south along the river.

    Meet 9AM at the Conowingo Dam for prime Eagle viewing.

    Leader Cliff Hence cwhenceiii (at )aol.com

    This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members alike.

    See more details

December 29, 2017


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


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.

Birding

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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.