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

Next Meeting:

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 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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January 11, 2018
2018 Annual Meeting
January 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Bert Filemyr

Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, election of Fellows and Honorary Members, reports by the Treasurer and by the Trustees, and other matters of interest. Bert Filemyr will do a …
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January 18, 2018
DVOC Meeting: Ornithology Department and Specimen Tour
January 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jason Weckstein

Join Dr. Jason Weckstein for a tour of the legendary Ornithology Department. Jason will take us on a tour and show us specimens from the collection that are not available to the public. The Academy maintains an ornithological collection of nearly 200,000 study skins and 15,000 tissue samples. Of great historical importance, specimens in the …
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February 01, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Pelagic Birding Discoveries
February 01, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Over the years See Life's trips have turned up a number of pelagic discoveries including rarities, high counts, identification tips, habitat requirements, and behavioral traits. This program explores a range of these discoveries in the Mid-Atlantic pelagic region. Examples include rarities like Western Gull and Fea's petrel. Birds like Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, once considered to be …
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February 15, 2018
New Perspectives on the Evolution and Behavior of the Nightingale-Thrushes (Turdidae: Catharus)
February 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Matthew Halley

Matthew Halley, editor of the DVOC's Cassinia publication, has been studying the behavior and evolution of nightingale-thrushes (genus Catharus) since 2011, and they are now the focus of his PhD dissertation at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Catharus is best known for its champion migrants — Swainson's Thrush, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and 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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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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April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Let's look for warblers (and other migrants) at Ridley Creek State Park! Join Win Shafer and Alan Crawford to explore this hotspot in search of warbles and other migrants. Meet at the Bridle Trail on Gradyville Rd. in Newtown Square. This is a joint trip with Willistown Conservation Trust and is free to members and non-members.
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