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:

September 19, 2019
Galápagos Islands Voyage
September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Barb Bassett

In 2018, Barb Bassett spent ten days in Ecuador, mostly in the Galápagos Islands aboard the M/V Evolution on a Victor Emanuel Nature Tour. The Galápagos Islands are truly one of the most unique places on earth. Lying 600 miles off mainland Ecuador, the remoteness of the islands has given life here the chance to …
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September 25, 2019
DVOC/Wyncote Audubon Special Program (1 of 2) - Birds and Birding in the Holy Land with Jonathan Meyrav
September 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Jonathan Meyrav

Regardless of its small size Israel has one of the highest diversity of birds and wildlife in the world. Israel forms the land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and twice a year millions of migrants pass through the country. Join us and hear about the birds, nature and wildlife of Israel and the conservation …
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September 25, 2019
DVOC/Wyncote Audubon Special Program (2 of 2) - Israel - Where Migration is Defined with Jonathan Meyrav
September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jonathan Meyrav

Israel is well known as one of the best places in the world to witness and truly experience bird migration. Millions of migrants from hundreds of species pass through Israel twice a year, making it one of the world's busiest and most impressive flyways. Join us and hear about the amazing birds of Israel and …
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October 03, 2019
Bird Song - A framework to study the neurobiology of courtship behavior in songbirds
October 03, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Marc Schmidt

Professor Marc Schmidt will describe work in his laboratory that uses songbirds to study the neural bases of vocal production and sensorimotor integration. Courtship is complex and is influenced by many factors including social context, hormone levels, and environmental stimuli. The specific neural circuits that underlie the regulation of this suite of behaviors is poorly …
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October 17, 2019
San Diego and the Salton Sea
October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Cliff Hence

The Salton Sea is California’s largest inland body of water and has become a prime birding spot in southern California, despite some very unusual conditions there. The ‘Sea’ is 235 feet below sea level and about 10 times as salty as the ocean. It was created in the 1905 when a 40-mile canal used to …
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November 07, 2019
November 07, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Mandy Dey and Larry Niles

Mandy Dey and Larry Niles will present the latest information on Red Knot conservation efforts. They will also present information on ways that citizen science can help this endangered species.
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December 05, 2019
Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season
December 05, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Roger Pasquier

Birds in Winter is the first book devoted to the ecology and behavior of birds during the most challenging season of the year, when every bird’s focus is on survival. Winter may for many birds have had the greatest influence on their evolution and adaptations, from anatomy to migration. Winter affects not only the birds …
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Past Meetings

August 03, 2019
DVOC Annual Picnic!
August 03, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Anita and Paul Guris

The DVOC Birder’s Picnic has been an annual event for many years, some more official than others. Anita and Paul Guris are hosting again this year at their fabulous property in Green Lane PA. We’ll provide Beer, Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Mixed Punch, Ice. Ice Cream too! We will also provide paper products and condiments. …
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June 06, 2019
Birds Among the Modern and Ancient Maya
June 06, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Rob Fergus

How did the Turkey Vulture get its red head? Which bird did the Ancient Mayan creator god transform into in order to bring messages to people? Which bird eggs have magical powers among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico? What bird warns Lacandon Maya farmers if a dangerous snake may be nearby? What messages do …
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May 16, 2019
Back By Popular Demand - Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America
May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson

Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne generously agreed to present their visually stunning Bird of Prey program that they presented at the DVOC Annual Banquet in November for those members (and non-members) who could not attend due to the snowstorm. The program reflects the mood and content of a new book (Birds of Prey) by Pete …
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May 02, 2019
Cellular Tracking Technologies
May 02, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Andrew McGann

"In Andy’s position as a senior application engineer at Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT) he combines his background in ornithology with his love of technology and appreciation for geography, in order to help wildlife researchers and organizations around the world obtain the scientific information they need. CTT specializes in “Internet-of-Things” wildlife telemetry devices for worldwide data …
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April 18, 2019
Birding with BQ in Arizona
April 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Quindlen

Southeastern Arizona is a birder's paradise! On his first-ever trip to this region, BQ and friends made the most of their time exploring as many hotspots as they could fit into five days. Through photography and digiscoping, they were able to observe many of the species that make Arizona a premier birding destination in the …
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April 04, 2019
New Specimens From Amazonia - Show and Tell
April 04, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jason Weckstein

Academy of Natural Sciences has a great collection of specimens. Jason Weckstein, DVOC member and Associate Ornithology Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences, will give us a short presentation on three recent National Science Foundation funded expeditions to Amazonian Brazil and will bring out specimens from these expeditions for show and tell. These are …
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March 21, 2019
March 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Cindy Ahern

Cindy Ahern’s journey began with a visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, resulting in the transformation of her yard into a full-fledged bird habitat! Along with the hummingbirds, her typical suburban property has a list of 129 other bird species! Ahern will share tales of successes, drawbacks, and surprises along the way, with suggestions for attracting …
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March 07, 2019
Owl in the Box
March 07, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Lisa Potash

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

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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

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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

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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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