• 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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March 01, 2018

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

Speaker: Betsy Nutt

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Presentation on the biology of bluebirds and the habitat necessary for attracting them and conserving them.

Betsy Nutt is a member of the speakers’ bureau of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania and is Penn State Master Gardener volunteer. Many generations of Betsy’s family have been involved with bird study and conservation. Her eldest son is a Master falconer. She and her husband have always loved bluebirds and have established a bluebird trail on their small farm in Blue Bell. There they raise Romney sheep, have an orchard, many kinds of berries, a vegetable garden that sustains them for the year with frozen produce, and perennial flower gardens throughout the property. With an emphasis on the importance of native plants, Betsy is delighted to share with us her love for her birds and gardens. Her presentation will discuss the biology of bluebirds and the habitat necessary for attracting them and conserving them.

Meeting will be held in BEES classroom.



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Field Trips

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February 25, 2018
February 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1145863

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

February 25th and March 4th Meet Martin Selzer at 5:30 pm at Houston Playground (900 Graykin Avenue) to experience the sounds and sights of the Timberdoodle. Come on one or both walks. There will be no weather dates. Contact Martin if the weather is questionable on either evening.


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March 02, 2018
March 02, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will meet at CCCEC and walk to Whitby Meadow to see woodcocks display and hopefully see a red fox on the way there and hear owls on the way back.


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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.