• World Series of Birding 2018

    On May 12th the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club with The American Birding Association and Steiner Optics will field a team competing in New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding Carbon Footprint Challenge. Katrina Rakowski, Jeff Gorden, Bull Gervasi, and Tony Croasdale will bicycle for 24 hours attempting to identify as many bird species by sight and sound as possible. This team will be raising funds for BirdPhilly, a partnership between DVOC and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation which provides a yearly series of free birding trips, birding backpacks at Philadelphia libraries, birding workshops, and birding programs for the visually impaired.

    See more at: https://dvoc.org/activities/wsb/wsb-2018/

  • TANNERSVILLE CRANBERRY BOG – POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

     

    Cindy Ahern will post a new date shortly. Please check the event calendar or Weekly Digest.

  • Carpenter’s Woods to be Old-Growth Forest Network’s Dedicated Forest for Philadelphia
    Anne Bekker says,

    “The Carpenter’s Woods section of Wissahickon Park has been chosen as Philadelphia County’s “Dedicated Forest” for the Old-Growth Forest Network. The Dedication ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at 4:00 pm at the Ellet Street trail head located at the intersection of Sherman and West Ellet Streets in Mount Airy. Dr. Joan Maloof, Founder and Director of this national organization, will give a talk and present the Friends of Carpenter’s Woods, with a plaque. This will be followed by an interpretive hike, led by Dr. Maloof, Edward Sibley Barnard, an author of Philadelphia Trees, and Anne Bekker. Additional information about the Old-Growth Forest Network may be found on their website http://www.oldgrowthforest.net/.

    As Philadelphia’s first bird sanctuary, established as such in 1921, Carpenter’s Woods continues to this day to host impressive and diverse species of both breeding and migratory birds, in large part due to its truly unusual concentration of ancient oaks and other trees. Designation as part of a national network dedicated to the preservation of old-growth forests will be a great honor not only for Carpenter’s Woods, but for our “green city” as a whole. We are truly fortunate to have such a gem of a park in our Mt. Airy community.”

    See Press Release

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Meetings

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June 07, 2018

June 07, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Judy Stepenaski

Our own Judy Stepenaski will discuss the interesting behaviors and history of the Peregrine Falcons that nest each year in the steeple at St. John the Baptist church in Manayunk. Judy will provide stories and insight with special comments from other DVOC members. A field trip out to the site is planned for Sunday June 10th. See Field Trips for details.

This is the last meeting before our summer break. This meeting will be held in the BEES classroom.



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Field Trips

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June 21, 2018
June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Trip Leader: Bob Horton

Free to all members and non-members

Join Bob Horton on this annual pilgrimage to see Upland Sandpipers at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of Upland Sandpipers. We also expect Grasshopper and Field Sparrows, Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark and in the pine forests Pine Warbler.

Important: Participants MUST sign up by Wednesday, May 16. Please provide Bob Horton with your full name, drivers license number and state, and date of birth. To grant access to the base, the military needs this information two full weeks before the trip. Each participant must be a US CITIZEN and will need a valid driver’s license or picture ID to enter the base. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands will be 3 hours.
You must register with Bob Horton for this trip in advance. Email Bob at: horton633@verizon.net. This trip is limited to 20 people.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Meeting time: 7AM at the Chapel of the Air parking lot in Lakehurst
Directions: Take Rte 70 to the center of Lakehurst. At the McDonalds and gas station, turn onto Rte 547. In about a mile, on the left there is a gray chapel named the Chapel of the Air. We will car pool from this parking area under the supervision of John Joyce, the base Conservation Officer. Each car entering the base will need a registration card and proof of insurance.


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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.