• Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents: Bird Strikes — Global Research, Local Solutions

    Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m., Temple University Ambler, Learning Center Auditorium, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler PA 19002
    Register Online (The event is free but we are asking people to register)

    Temple Ambler EarthFest and Audubon Pennsylvania are partnering to address the critical issue of bird/window collisions. The keynote speaker for the program — Bird Strikes: Global Research, Local Solutions — will be Dr. Daniel Klem, the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who has studied the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to bird for 45 years. Dr. Klem, who will speak about international research efforts to prevent bird collisions, has estimated that between 100 million and as many as one billion birds in the United States alone are killed annually by flying into windows. Following the keynote address, Dr. Klem will join a panel of Temple University and regional experts to discuss local solutions and practical steps residents can take to protect area bird species and migratory birds. Panelists will include: Cindy Ahern, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, Temple University; Robert Kuper, RLA. ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Temple University; Keith Russell, Program Manager for Urban Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania; and Peter Saenger, President, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and assistant to Dr. Klem, Acopian Center for Ornithology, Muhlenberg College. The moderator will be Leigh Altadonna, President, Wyncote Audubon Society. This special event is being held in coordination with numerous conservation organizations in the region. Learn more and register for the event online. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

    About the Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr, PhD, D.SC., is the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
    Among other diverse avian investigations, he has studied, written and taught about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds for more than four decades. No other scientist has comprehensively studied and published research results documenting and preventing the lethal threat that human structures pose to birds.
    In his 1990 paper “Collisions between birds and windows: mortality and prevention,” he calculated that between 100 million and 1 billion birds in the U.S. alone are killed annually by flying into windows.”
    His research has influenced the design of buildings, including the Niagara Falls State Park Observation Tower, on which he was a consultant. He holds several US patents relating to window design to protect birds.
    He is motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-building collisions are an important wildlife conservation, building industry and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide.

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  • Debbie Beer – Billings 2017 Award Winner

    DVOC congratulates Debbie Beer, the winner of the 2017 Bob Billings Big Year competition. Debbie saw 353 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2017, quite an accomplishment! Included in her total were two vagrants that were firsts for the program area: Black-backed Oriole and Greenshank. The award was presented to Debbie at the April 5 DVOC meeting, and Debbie gave an entertaining talk about her big year experience.

    Click Here for Debbie’s list and the cumulative list

    Karen (Billings) Walter, Liz Billings, Art McMorris, and Debbie Beer

    Karen (Billings) Walter, Liz Billings, Art McMorris, and Debbie Beer

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Meetings

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May 03, 2018

May 03, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker:

Todd Pover

Piping plovers are one of the most intensely managed and monitored bird species in North America, in part due to federal listing of the species under the ESA  in 1986 and subsequent recovery efforts since that time. Much is known about their breeding behavior and population trends as a result of management done on the breeding grounds, however, far less is known about migration and wintering. Recent research, especially in the Bahamas, has revealed new information about their wintering distribution and behavior. Todd will discuss these new findings and an exciting Sister School project that links students along the piping plover flyway.as well as present an overview of breeding and migration work in neighboring New Jersey.

Todd Plover is a Senior Wildlife Biologist for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. He has worked nearly exclusively with beach nesting birds, with a special focus on piping plovers, since 1994. He has helped oversee recovery efforts in New Jersey over that period and worked on a number of range-wide conservation initiatives. More recently, he has helped conduct surveys, research, and outreach in the Bahamas to further recovery efforts of the species on a full life cycle scale.

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Field Trips

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April 22, 2018
April 22, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

This gem of a pine barrens preserve (also known as Lebonan State Forest) has many different habitat types – not just the dry, upland forests that most people associate with the pine barrens – but open successional areas, cedar bogs, cranberry bogs, etc. We will hit all the different habitat types. All areas are accessible by car with limited walking once we reach an area.

For a list of possible species for the trip, please see eBird and the Brendan Byrne hot spot and look at the bar graphs. But keep in mind that this area is very under birded. I look forward to adding to the ebird data for April to this hotspot. The trip will go until around noon.

The date is on the border of when a lot of species return, so if any doubt about certain species, please email me.

Be prepared for ticks this time of year although we won’t be bushwhacking.

Directions – the headquarters is accessible off of either Rt. 70 or Rt. 72. I prefer Rt. 70 as it is well marked with signs. There is a Wawa along Rt. 72 for those who need food before we start. Please have a full tank of gas before we start. This Wawa does not sell gas. I do request that those interested in the trip please email me and let me know.

****Additional Barred Owl search**** meet at headquarters parking lot at 5:00 AM We will listen for owls in the woods.

sandrakeller@verizon.net


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April 26, 2018
April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip Leader: Barb Bassett & Dennis DiMarco

Free to all members and non-members

Located on the Delaware River, this 44-acre site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Red Bank is a developed, passive park with the remains of Fort Mercer. The park provides excellent views of the Delaware River and surrounding bird life. From the parking lot, walk through the park looking and listening for the typical birds found in the spring such as woodpeckers, blue jays, northern cardinals, Carolina wrens, sparrows, and swallows. Next scan the river for gulls, cormorants and possible lingering winter ducks. There is a bald eagle nest nearby. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the songs and calls of common species, and ID tips for crows (American, fish), blackbirds (red-winged, grackle, brown headed cowbird), waterfowl (mallard, bufflehead, mergansers, black duck, grebes) and the common gull species (laughing, herring, ring-billed, great black backed). Directions: Meet at the pavilion closest to the river.

 

This is a joint trip with Gloucester County Bird Quest


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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.

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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.