• Annual Members Meeting

    Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, election of Fellows and Honorary Members, reports by the Treasurer and by the Trustees, and other matters of interest.

    Feel free to gather at The Discovery Center before the meeting time for food and drinks. The formal meeting will start at 7:30 PM. Following the meeting, we will continue to enjoy food and beverages. Your host this year will provide main course of chicken, potatoes, green beans, meatballs and penne pasta. While it is not necessary to do so, signing up at the following link will give us a general idea of who is attending and bringing food. Also indicate if you can help with setup or cleanup.
    Potluck Signup

  • Results of the 2018 Members’ Photo Contest

    Grand Prize Steve Kacir Memorial Award for Photographic Achievement:
    Bert Filemyr – Cruising – Northern Fulmar following a boat

    Birds
    1st: Bert Filemyr – Formation Flying -Two Common Goldeneyes in flight
    2nd: George Armistead – Hornbill with Scorpion
    Honorable Mentions:
    Patty Rehn – Willow:  Juvenile Willow Ptarmigan. Manitoba


    Fauna
    1st: Rob Hynson – Thick-tailed gecko
    2nd: Frank Windfelder – Blue Dasher


    Flora
    1st: Steve Mattan – Ninebark Flowers
    2nd: Patty Rehn – Dew:  Phlox in my yard, NJ

    Scenery
    1st: Patty Rehn – Sedona Sky:  Sedona, AZ
    2nd: Steve Mattan – The Bridge

    Birders
    1st: Frank Windfelder – Todd on the Hunt
    2nd: George Armistead – High Andean Birding

    DVOC Area
    1st: George Armistead – The falcon and the mantis
    2nd: Judy Stepenaskie – Red-tailed Hawk

    See Winners

Meetings

ICAL     HTML

January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker:

Over the past 5 years, the Champions of the Flyway competition in Eilat, Israel has been an exemplary example of the power of birders in the realm of conservation. Every March, teams from around the world descend on the Negev Desert for a 24-hour race to try to see as many species as possible in one of the world’s greatest migration hotspots. Teams are also tasked with fundraising before the event, with money raised going directly BirdLife partners in Mediterranean Basin countries to help in their fight against bird poaching, a major source of bird mortality in Eurasia. Thousands of dollars are raised, and the sums keep getting bigger and bigger every year. This spring, the first ever North American youth team, the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears, participated, breaking new ground in the event’s expansion to the New World.

Aidan Place was one of the three young birders involed and in November will be discussing the herculean challenges faced by migrating birds in the Mediterranean region, his experiences in Israel and during the race, and how you can get involved with this terrific conservation effort.



Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS

Field Trips

ICAL     HTML

February 16, 2019
February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

Join Navin Sasikumar at East Laurel Hill Cemetery to look for wintering birds on the property and along the Schuylkill river. Meet at the Visitor Center (main gate may be closed, we will wait there until they open). Last year’s highlights include Peregrine Falcon and Eastern Phoebe.

If WEST is more your style, join Gregg Gorton on the other side of the river for Laurel Hill Cemetery – WEST field trip (see posting for details)


See more

Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS

February 16, 2019
February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Trip Leader: Gregg Gorton

Free to all members and non-members

Join Gregg Gorton to bird the cemetery property to count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Meet at the Conservatory Office parking lot. Enter West Laurel Hill Cemetery at 225 Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Once in the cemetery, follow signs for the Office.

If EAST is more your style, join Navin Sasikumar on the other side of the river for Laurel Hill Cemetery – EAST field trip (see posting for details)


See more

Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS



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

Placeholder

© Bert Filemyr

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

Loading...

DVOC Initiatives

Placeholder

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.