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:

June 06, 2019
Return of the Raven (Rescheduled from Feb 7)
June 06, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Rick Radis

The Common Raven, Corvus corax, has the widest distribution of any of the Corvidae, the family that includes crows, jays, nutcrackers, magpies and related birds such as rooks, jackdaws, and choughs. It is also the largest and heaviest of the passerines, or perching birds -- and the smartest. The presentation will cover the historic status …
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Past Meetings

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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January 03, 2019
2019 Annual Members' Meeting and Potluck - NEW LOCATION - The Discovery Center
January 03, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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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

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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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