• DVOC Annual Banquet + Art Show

    🍁It’s that time of year again! 🍁
    Banquet tickets are now available at: http://dvoc.org/about/committees/banquet/

    This year’s speakers will be Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne, who will provide a visually stunning program that reflects the mood of their new book: Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America!

    All are welcome to attend. Artists are encouraged to bring an original piece to display in our pop-up art show.

    When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6 PM – 10 PM
    Where: 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States
    Tickets: $49.50
    Questions? dvocbanquet@gmail.com

  • Passing of a Member – Edwin “Ed” Finkel

    It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Ed Finkel on Saturday October 13, 2018

    A funeral service will be on Thursday October 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, at the D’Anjolell Funeral Home 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355 proceeding to the Graveside at Haym Salomon Memorial Park, 200 Moores Road, Frazer, PA 19355. A Shiva at McKenzies Restaurant in Malvern will follow.

    Ed joined the DVOC in 1945 and was a life member. His 73 years of membership put him in a class with few other members.

  • FDR Park Master Plan

    Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, has launched a master planning process for the 348-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia. FDR’s popularity, years of heavy use, and regular flooding have taken a toll on its infrastructure and environmental integrity. The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the park, restoring it back to its original intent as an urban oasis for people as well as plants and animals, and create a shared vision for the park’s future.

    See more at Announcing FDR Park Design Workshops

Meetings

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November 01, 2018

November 01, 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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Birding north of our area during the winter presents some challenges. Thus most birders think of heading south in the winter, but there are many rewards to those who choose to head north. Species that summer in the far, far north often come down to southern Canada for the winter months and winter is the best time of the year to observe them. This program will cover accessible winter birding hotspots in southern Ontario that, with proper preparation, can provide outstanding birding opportunities. Come and learn about finches, crossbills, grosbeaks, owls, and other winter Ontario specialties.



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Field Trips

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October 27, 2018
October 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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October 27, 2018
October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cindy Ahern

Free to all members and non-members

Join Cindy Ahern at Tannersville Cranberry Bog for fall color. While the focus will be on the spectacular foliage of the bog, there will be birds, including winter arrivals. We also look for herps and insects. Previous trips have yielded a number of species of special concern. Since many DVOC members have an interest in botany, I am extending this invitation to interested members.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, partnered with programming by Kettle Creek EEC, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is located in Monroe County, PA, near the Delaware Water Gap. Many species of plants and animals normally found in northern boreal bogs (like a little piece of Canada in PA!) occur here, including a number of endangered species.  This trip is timed for the peak of Larix laricina (Tamarack, or American Larch) fall color, along with the brilliant reds of the heaths.  The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and space is limited.

This is a free trip, but your donation is encouraged to help support maintenance of the trails and programming. (Checks acceptable made out to Kettle Creek EEC).

Dress in layers, the bog is usually 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding woodland.  Wear sturdy shoes for a short, uneven hike to the bog along a woodland trail to a boardwalk path leading through the wetland habitat.

RSVP is required for this trip.  Please contact Cindy Ahern at songbird5212 AT msn.com or call or text 215-840-4010 to confirm your participation and for additional details about this trip, including meeting location and possible carpool.


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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.