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  • Andorra Meadow Walk and Bluebird Box Workshop
  • CANCELED: Woodcocking at White's Bog
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  • Bert Filemyr - A Brief Ornithological History of the Delaware Valley - People, Birds, Places and Other Things
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Meetings

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April 6, 2017
  • Jennifer Uehling: Blood-sucking ectoparasites & their Avian Hosts

    April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Supported by the DVOC Interns Fund, Jenny examined Hippoboscid flies, a blood-sucking ectoparasite, and their avian hosts at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Working with Jason Weckstein and Janice Dispoto, she used fly gut dissection and molecular tools to determine the host associations of Hippoboscid flies collected from birds in Mexico. The results suggest that individual flies were moving between multiple bird species. She will discuss the potential implications of these results, including the discovery of new host associations and avian malaria transmission. She will also discuss her past work on Australian fairy-wrens and her current work on using eBird and radio-tags to understand bird movement.

    Jenny Uehling is a first year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Glenside, and graduated from Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County in 2011. A birder since the age of ten, she insisted that her parents plan vacations around visits to National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks with good birding opportunities. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Jenny became interested in birds from an ecological and evolutionary perspective through her work with Stephen Pruett-Jones and her volunteering at the Field Museum. After graduating from UChicago in 2015, she did fieldwork with Splendid Fairy-wrens in Australia and Golden-winged Warblers and Blue-winged Warblers in New York. With the support of the DVOC Interns Fund, Jenny also spent five months working with Jason Weckstein and Nate Rice at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she studied Hippoboscid flies and their avian hosts. At Cornell, she studies bird movement in dynamic environments, and she will work with Sanderlings in Delaware Bay this spring.


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Field Trips

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April 1, 2017
  • East Park Reservoir

    April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    33rd St & Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    BirdPhilly/DVOC is participating in Audubon PA's event to showcase the site of their new center with Outward Bound. Bird walks every hour starting at 10am (bins and guides provided), food, music, climbing wall, resources. No registration required. In case of bad weather, we’ll spread the word about cancellation via social media.

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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


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.