• Results of the 2017 Members’ Photo Contest

    Grand Prize Steve Kacir Memorial Award for Photographic Achievement:
    Todd Fellenbaum – White-tailed Ptarmigan, Loveland Pass, CO

    Avocet Award for Artistic Achievement
    Bo Hopkins – Great Gray Owl / Winterscape, Newport, NH

    Birds
    1st: Todd Fellenbaum – Greater Sage Grouse, Coalmont, CO
    2nd: Bo Hopkins – Hoopee-Larks, Qatar
    3rd: Todd Fellenbaum – Northern Parula, Octorara Lake, PA
    Honorable Mentions:
    – Todd Fellenbaum – American Woodcock, Princeton Woods, NJ
    – FrankWindfelder – Least Bittern (adult), Heinz NWR, Philadelphia, PA
    – Bo Hopkins – Herring Gull, Greenwich, CT
    – Linda Widdop – Acorn Woodpecker, AZ
    – Rob Hynson – Blue Petrel, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia

    Fauna
    1st: Rob Hynson – White-tipped Tree Frog, Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia
    2nd: Frank Windfelder – Cabbage White, Philadelphia, PA
    3rd: Anne Bekker – Dolomedes vittatus (spider), Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention:
    – Todd Fellenbaum – American Badger, Valle Caldera National Monument, NM

    Flora
    1st: Anne Bekker – Field of Allium, Rt. 40, NJ
    2nd: Anne Bekker – Turkey Tail fungus, Philadelphia, PA
    3rd: Frank Windfelder – pink wildflowers, Philadelphia, PA

    Scenery
    1st: Judith Stepenaskie – White Out, Okanogen Plateau, WA
    2nd: Anne Bekker – Shenandoah, VA
    3rd: Anne Bekker – Kolob Plateau

    Birders
    1st: George Armistead – Storm’s Brewing, Cape May Meadows, West Cape May, NJ
    2nd: Linda Widdop – Barb with Northern Bobwhite, West Cape May, NJ
    3rd: Rob Hynson – Emerging from the rainforest (Tony Croasdale and friend), Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia

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Meetings

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February 01, 2018

February 01, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Jacqueline M. Howard and Robert C. Vallieres

Wounded Warriors

Robert C. Vallieres struggled to find his “new normal” when he returned home after serving in the military. An accident in Kuwait left him suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and internal injuries, leaving him in constant pain. After clinics, bottles of pain killers, and behavior modification pills, hope seemed to vanish. Until a local weekly newspaper ad caught his eye: a bird-watching trip to see raptors in the mountains of New Hampshire. An Emily Dickinson poem that states, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune – without the words, and never stops at all” sprang to mind.

Wounded Warriors is Vallieress’s story of self-healing from crippling “invisible” wounds through the help of birds.

Author Jacqueline M. Howard and Robert C. Vallieres will discuss the healing process and the book which includes field notes, poems and stories.

Meeting will be held in the BEES classroom.



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Field Trips

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January 20, 2018
January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L732494

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This event marks BirdPhilly’s 3 year anniversary! We will start by birding Pennypack on the Delaware then head to Sweet Lucy’s Barbecue for lunch. We may bird Glenn Foerd and Pleasant Hill Park after.


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January 21, 2018
January 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members
FREE

Sandra Keller will lead a monthly field trip in Burlington County, NJ. Burlington is one of the better known counties for birding in south Jersey – but only for certain areas – mainly Palmyra. These trips will concentrate on other hotspots in the county. The schedule will include Palmyra if something rare is reported. We will explore for the seasonal birds to be expected. Since Burlington is such a large county, we will explore the western half one month, then the central and eastern half the next.
Trips will be scheduled on Sunday during hunting season and may switch to Saturday later in the year. I am going to try and keep the trips to the third weekend of the month, but please check every month as I have travel commitments that might interfere. If that happens I’ll change to the second weekend of the month. The meeting place, time, and plan for each month will be posted at the start of the month. This gives us flexibility to start somewhere in the east when needed. These trips are geared to all levels and interests in birding – photography, listing, beginners, experts, those looking to learn Burlington better, etc. Anyone is welcome to join for only part of the day if that works for your schedule. I will be submitting lists to ebird for each location and will share those lists for those participants who use ebird if desired. I also plan on writing a longish trip report covering the whole year! I am intrigued on how many species we can see for the year.

First Date – Sunday – January, 21, 2018. 7:30AM.
January’s trip will start at Taylor’s Wildlife Preserve in Cinnaminson. Please meet at 7:30AM at the parking lot on Taylor’s Lane right at the start of River Rd. It will be on the right hand side as you pull in. We will be searching for owls, sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, corms, etc. We will hit one or two river spots after here. Then maybe a spot for gulls if I scout out a good area. Then head “inland” a bit to one of the local parks that Burlington has created around the county. Again, depending on what is being seen, we can head somewhere a dusk watch. If any doubt about the weather, please email me a couple days before hand.

Sandra Keller – sandrakeller at verizon.net


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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.