ALL ARE WELCOME. We encourage visitors, and would enjoy having you join us for a meeting or a field trip.

Meetings are lively proceedings, with a featured speaker or a special forum as well as reports from the various committees, announcements, and general field notes.

Club meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA (Directions to the Academy). Bimonthly, on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., the season begins on the third Thursday of September and goes through the first Thursday in June.

Before meetings at the Academy, an informal pre-meeting dinner with the speaker is held at “Asia on the Parkway,” 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia (corner of Ben Franklin Parkway and Cherry St.), a few short blocks from the Academy. Everyone is invited to attend. We meet at 6:00 in the back room of the restaurant; look for us at the long table there.

Pre-meeting Dinner: Asia on the Parkway

After the meeting, we usually adjourn for drinks at Cherry Street Tavern (129 N 22nd St), three blocks from the Academy.

Post-meeting Drinks: Cherry Street Tavern

Upcoming Meetings:

November 01, 2018
Winter Birding in Canada
November 01, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Birding north of our area during the winter presents some challenges. Thus most birders think of heading south in the winter, but there are many rewards to those who choose to head north. Species that summer in the far, far north often come down to southern Canada for the winter months and winter is the …
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November 15, 2018
DVOC Annual Banquet
November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Speakers: Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne will provide a visually stunning program reflects the mood and content of a new book (Birds of Prey) by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (April 2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers). The show starts with a video introduction by Pete, and then Pete’s recorded words explain the concept of the …
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December 06, 2018
Winter Gull Identification
December 06, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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President George Armistead will conduct a refresher session on identifying gulls that winter in our area. George will provide location information for finding and studying gulls.
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Past Meetings

October 18, 2018
October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Panelists provide information and tips on planning a big birding trip. We will discuss everything from choosing a location and date, to whether you should hire a tour company or go on your own, what to pack, and planning for the most birds or culture and in-country tips for a successful trip. We will take …
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October 04, 2018
Hawk Watch Warm-up
October 04, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Holly Merker will provide an overview of hawk migration - why, when, and how they migrate. She will also provide tips on hawk ID and share best hawk watching spots in our area to get the best views.  Be prepared to engage in a fun quiz too! Several Hawk Watch field trips will be scheduled …
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September 20, 2018
September 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Carrie Barron and Amanda Beisch of Mill Grove will provide a fascinating introduction to the artist/naturalist, John James Audubon. We will take a journey through his life beginning with his childhood in France and continuing through his adventures in America. Through this experience, you will get a deeper understanding of how he became one of …
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September 13, 2018
Special DVOC Meeting - Bird Studies at Old Cape May Original Sets on Display
September 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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We all may have our own definitions about what constitutes a birding Holy Grail. For many eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey bird watchers, one particular Holy Grail may be the original first edition Set No. 1 of Witmer Stone’s masterpiece, Bird Studies at Old Cape May. On Dec. 15, 1937, Stone hosted in his home …
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June 07, 2018
Manayunk Peregrine Falcons
June 07, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 …
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May 17, 2018
The Physics of Flight
May 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Tom Reider

We are mesmerized by the sight of birds in flight and this has sparked Mankind’s quest to fly. How did birds gain such fluid movement? How do they become air-born, stay aloft, and land safely? What adaptations allow birds to specialize in speed, hovering and slow flight? How did the ingredients for flight evolve, allowing …
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May 03, 2018
Piping Plovers along the Flyway: New Jersey, the Bahamas, and Beyond
May 03, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 …
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April 19, 2018
Ecuador: The Northwest Choco, Esmeraldas and Andes near Quito with Martin Selzer
April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Martin Selzer

This program highlights Martin’s fifth trip to Ecuador, where he visited the Northwest Choco region, the Esmeraldas and eastern slopes of the Andes near Quito. The trip was the brainchild of Martin and his long-time friend John Shipley who contracted Roger Ahlman, Swedish-born, free-lance bird guide living in Quito to put together all the details. …
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April 05, 2018
Warbler Warm-Up!
April 05, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Ian Gardner

They are coming our way so let's get ready! It's been a whole year since our friends from the south passed through the Delaware Valley on their way to breeding grounds to the north. In this refresher session, Ian Gardner will remind us how to make the most of the migration with tips on locating migrating …
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March 15, 2018
Bird Sounds - An Introduction to Listening and Visualizing
March 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Don Jones' program was inspired by publication of Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow last year. It is divided into two parts: (1) a brief history of bird sound recording and four DVOC recordists-George Reynard, Ed Manners, Paul Driver, and myself (2) a tutorial on some of the …
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March 01, 2018
Bluebirds - Biology and Conservation
March 01, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Betsy Nutt

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 …
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