• The World of Birding in One Place!

    American Birding Expo Sept 21-23
    Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at the Oaks

    The American Birding Expo is North America’s most extensive gathering of birding-related products, services, companies, destinations, and organizations. That’s why we call it “the world of birding in one place!” Whether you’re a world-traveling bird chaser, just starting out as a bird watcher, or only interested in the birds in your backyard, the Expo has everything you need! Entry to the Expo is just $10 for the entire weekend. Come connect with the community of birders from North American and beyond!

    See the Expo site for more info on Field trips, vendors, speakers, attendance and more.
    https://www.americanbirdingexpo.com

  • Save the Date! DVOC Annual Banquet and Art Show

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Meetings

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September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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We all may have our own definitions about what constitutes a birding Holy Grail.

For many eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey bird watchers, one particular Holy Grail may be the original first edition Set No. 1 of Witmer Stone’s masterpiece, Bird Studies at Old Cape May.

On Dec. 15, 1937, Stone hosted in his home 13 of the major contributors to his Bird Studies for a pre-release get-together and book signing.

As the late Sandra Sherman’s Cassinia article “Tracking Stone’s Tome” highlights, each of the 1,400 first-edition sets was consecutively numbered, and the first 13 were given to the birders, artists, and photographers who assisted Stone in his epic endeavor.

Stone signed and gave to his wife Lillie Set No. 1.  Artist Earl L. Poole received Set No. 2. And artist Conrad Roland was presented Set No. 3.

After Lillie’s death in 1940, Set No. 1 had taken a circuitous journey throughout the East Coast before landing in 2015 in the collection of the Berks History Center in Reading, Pa.

Set No. 2 had always been in the Poole family in Reading and Berks County but has recently been donated by his son Joe to the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Set No. 3 had been unaccounted for since Roland’s death in 1957 but resurfaced earlier this year and was acquired by Reading Eagle photo editor and columnist Bill Uhrich.

For the first time since that 1937 get together of the Delaware Valley’s legendary birders and artists, all three sets will be reunited and displayed at the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club’s special meeting at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Poole’s original frontispiece osprey painting along with a selection of his and Roland’s line drawings found in Bird Studies will also be on display.  Included will be several of Roland’s drawings that didn’t make the cut.

Join Poole’s son Joe and Bill Uhrich to learn about the journeys these sets have taken along with anecdotes about the personalities involved in their possession throughout the last 80 years.

And finally check off one of your Grails!

Bird specimens collected by and for Witmer Stone for the book will be on display courtesy of the Academy’s Ornithology Department.

 

This event will be held in the Reading Room and limited to 75 attendees. This is a free event open to all DVOC members and non-members.

 



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Field Trips

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August 19, 2018
August 19, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

In this 8th month of a year long commitment, join Sandra Keller to explore White’s Bog for migrating shorebirds.

When the bogs at Whites Bog are drawn down, this place can be super! But it might not be drawn down this summer. Be sure to rsvp if interested as I will be changing the location if Whites bog not drawn down. The trip is Sunday, August 19, meet at 7:30am in the parking lot before the general store at the Whites bog village. Bring food. I will keep an eye on the bogs and make a decision that week sometime. Sandrakeller at verizon.net

Meet at the White’s Bog Village along W. White’s Bog Rd


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August 26, 2018
August 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109135

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Meet at Higbee beach parking area at 7:30 AM. We will walk the fields in search of early migrants. Late August can be very good for migrating warblers if winds are blowing from the north west. We will head over to the Cape May State Park to look for shorebirds and terns too.


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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

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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.