• Passing of a Member – Ron French

    It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Ron French today September 18, 2019

    Ron joined the DVOC in 1985 and was a life member and fellow. 
    Ron served the DVOC in many capacities including President of the club in 2000 and 2001.

    August Mirabella writes:
    All,
    Sadly, I was again asked to share that one of our well known birders passed away today. Ron lived on Creek Rd. at what is now Peace Valley Park going back to 1961. He lived there for many years. He took over leading the bird walks and field trips for Peace Valley Nature Center in 1989 and continued into 2002. In recent years he contributed to the historical records of birds at Peace Valley at my request by entering data into eBird from a journal that was kept from 1961 to 1989 by Fred Mears, his predecessor leading the bird walks at PVNC. This was not a small task, but he believed strongly that it was of value. He was active in banding birds both at home and Island Beach State Park years ago. He was active in the DVOC including going through all the officer positions including president. He traveled to many of the premier birding destinations in Central and South American, etc. I talked him into being the first president of the new Bucks Co. Birders Club even though he had “retired.”  I knew he would be the best to start the club. Ron was one of the most kind, caring, and generous people in many ways to many people, not just birding friends. His always pleasant disposition and positive, enthusiastic leading of the walks and well planned trips were always highlights whether a lot of birds were seen or not. These are just some initial thoughts that come to mind. 
    Ron had been in failing health this year. Those who knew him will have many fond memories. At this time, there is no planned memorial service.

  • Passing of a Member – Emmerson Bowes

    It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Emmerson Bowes on Sunday September 15, 2019.

    Emmerson joined the DVOC in 1962 and was a life member and fellow. 
    Emmerson was responsible for creating the DVOC presence on the web and was the DVOC webmaster for many years.

  • A Special Birding Program – September 25, 2019 Featuring Jonathan Meyrav

    This special program is a jointly sponsored by DVOC, the Keneseth Israel Sustainability Committee, and Wyncote Audubon.
    Click Here for details 
    Additional details at https://wyncoteaudubon.org/event/program-israel-where-migration-is-defined/

Meetings

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September 25, 2019

September 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA, 19027

Speaker: Jonathan Meyrav

Regardless of its small size Israel has one of the highest diversity of birds and wildlife in the world. Israel forms the land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and twice a year millions of migrants pass through the country. Join us and hear about the birds, nature and wildlife of Israel and the conservation efforts to protect its fragile nature.

Jonathan started showing interest in birds when he was 10 years old and by the age of 12 signed up as the youngest member of a junior birders’ club. At 14 Jonathan earned his banding license and started participating in elaborate monitoring projects in Israel. While a young environmental studies student at Ben Gurion College, Jonathan fell in love with the desert and desert birding. He would spend entire days monitoring migrants and taking part in surveys and research programs. He rapidly grew to appreciate the more complicated families such as larks and wheatears and the incredible birding hotspots of southern Israel.

Jonathan has traveled the world extensively, from remote places like the African grasslands to the Amazon jungles and the frozen Canadian tundra. To date, he has seen more than 3,000 birds across 40 countries. He has intimate knowledge of southern Israel’s birds, and his ability to lead tours in English, French, Spanish or Hebrew is incomparable.

Today, Jonathan is the most experienced birding tour leader in Israel, with sharp identification skills and a keen interest in desert birds, migration and vagrancy patterns. Jonathan spends the migration seasons where the birds do, in Eilat in the spring and Northern Israel in the fall and winter.

Since 2010 Jonathan serves as the Tourism Director of Israeli Ornithological Center (IOC). He still spends around 100 days a year guiding foreign birdwatchers, donors and birding tour groups. In recent years Jonathan and his team have developed several large-scale international events; the Hula and Eilat Birding Festivals and several seminars around bird conservation.

In recent years Jonathan devotes most of his time to the “The Champions of the Flyway” project. COTF is an international bird race that takes place in Eilat, Israel every spring. The project raises funds and awareness to protect migrants along the Flyways. Since the beginning in 2014 Champions of the Flyway has raised close to $500K for bird conservation, specifically projects tackling the illegal killing of birds on migration.
 



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Field Trips

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September 22, 2019
September 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Trip Leader: Holger Pflicke

Free to all members and non-members

Please join us for a bird walk around Concourse and Centennial Lakes in West Fairmount Park. We can expect woodpeckers, vireos, thrushes and of course warblers. Maybe the Green Heron family is still around.
We will meet at the Concourse Lake parking lot at the corner of Belmont Ave and S Concourse Dr.

The event is free and open to everyone.


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September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Trip Leader: Judy Stepanaskie

Free to all members and non-members

Bring a chair to the Dobson School in Manayunk to watch Chimney Swifts enter the old chimney to roost for the evening. These amazing birds swarm just before sunset and enter the chimney by the hundreds. This has been the hot spot in the last few years with over 3000 swifts roosting in the chimney. Parking is available at the Ivy Ridge Train Station, 4910 Umbria Street. Rain date: Tues. Sept. 24.


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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.