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Updated Friday, August 24, 2007
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Thursday September 20, 2007 at 6pm (before the regular meeting)

DVOC is happy to again extend a special invitation to its newest members!
For our members who have joined over the past 2 years and have not yet had this opportunity, the club is offering another special behind-the-scenes tour of the Ornithology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The DVOC has a long-standing relationship with the Academy and, in particular, with its ornithology department. The bird collection includes close to 200,000 bird study skins, and thousands of tissue samples, making it one of the largest such collections in the world. Many of the Academy’s ornithologists have played important roles in the DVOC as far back as its early development, and have over the years made its resources available to club members for their purposes of increased knowledge of birds.

On September 20, 2007 at 6:00pm (before the regular meeting), Nathan Rice, Collections Manager and member of DVOC Council, will lead a group of new members through the Ornithology Department, not normally open to the public. Should you decide to participate, you will see some of the thousands of study skins, which include specimens from all over the world, including rare and extinct species. You will have the opportunity to speak with Nate about the history of this spectacular collection, and learn how the specimens are prepared, stored and used for scientific research today. You will also have the opportunity to meet with club officers and other new DVOC members.

We hope you will join the club for this new member activity! To do so, please contact Connie Goldman by e-mail or phone. (e-mail preferred; contact information below) Because of space and safety limitations in the collection area, this first tour is limited to the first 10 participants who express interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Connie Goldman
Chair, Membership Committee