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:

March 07, 2019
Owl in the Box
March 07, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

Lisa Potash, a NJ mom and bird watcher, will present her “Owl in the Box” observations of Eastern Screech Owls. Since 2014 Screech Owls have been a part of the back yard and front yard owl boxes. Watching through the windows and porch of her suburban home, Lisa has gained insight into the habits of …
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Past Meetings

February 21, 2019
Is Brown the New Green? The Fusion Ecology of Urban Wildlands
February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

Biological diversity thrives in true wildernesses, but our own species’ impact is pressing hard on these remaining natural regions. More and more we have to ask ourselves whether some human-created areas can support at least a valuable fraction of earth’s biota. Urban wildlands and abandoned brownfields might be examples of such “second hand” nature. By …
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February 07, 2019
Alaska's St. Paul Island or "I Can See Russia From Here"
February 07, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

While you can't really see Russia from any point in Alaska, St. Paul Island is pretty close. Located in the Bering Sea, this island is a destination for birders who want to see birds that are blown over from Russia and other parts of Europe and Asia. We will learn about the bird species that …
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January 17, 2019
Champions of the Flyway - A Youth Birder's Experience
January 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

Over the past 5 years, the Champions of the Flyway competition in Eilat, Israel has been an exemplary example of the power of birders in the realm of conservation. Every March, teams from around the world descend on the Negev Desert for a 24-hour race to try to see as many species as possible in …
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January 03, 2019
2019 Annual Members' Meeting and Potluck - NEW LOCATION - The Discovery Center
January 03, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

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 present another …
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December 20, 2018
December 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

Join us for the annual Members' Photo Night. Each year, members submit photos is several categories - Birds, Fauna, Flora, Scenery, Birders and new this year, bird photos taken within the DVOC area. Hosted by Linda Widdop, the show promises to visually stunning and result in prizes awarded in each category. Judges use criteria listed …
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December 06, 2018
Everybody’s Favorite: “The Seagulls”
December 06, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

President George Armistead will conduct a refresher session on identifying gulls that winter in our area. A closer look at aging & identifying a family that forever confounds. Larids are tough but high reward. Rarer species are fun to seek, while the usual suspects can thwart our best efforts. We’ll break down gulls (Big & small) …
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November 15, 2018
DVOC Annual Banquet
November 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker:

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

Speaker:

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

Speaker:

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

Speaker:

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

Speaker:

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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