DVOC Conservation Grants Announced

A Message From the Conservation CommitteeThe Conservation Committee and the Council are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s conservation grants: $750 to the Birding Backpack Lending Program to purchase five additional backpacks, and the remainder $600 to Audubon’s Discovery Center to establish a recording station to capture and analyze nocturnal flight calls of migrants. The Birding Backpack Lending Program, …

Bob Billings Big Year Winner

DVOC congratulates Sandra Keller, the winner of the 2018 Bob Billings Big Year award. Sandra saw 303 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2018, all but one in New Jersey! The award will be presented to Sandra at the March 21 DVOC meeting, with members of Bob Billings’s family present, and Sandra will give us a brief talk …

Cityscapes and Greenscapes Conference

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2019 “Cityscapes and Greenscapes” Conference will take place on March 18 and 19 at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel. The “early bird” registration deadline is February 25th. http://www.paee.net/paee-conference.html

Delmarva Ornithological Society 2019 Conservation Science Grant

The Delmarva Ornithological Society 2019 Conservation Science Grant supports projects, located within the state of Delaware and the Delaware River estuary in PA and NJ, which emphasize species and habitat conservation and management. Non-profit organizations and both affiliated and unaffiliated researchers are eligible to apply. This year’s application deadline is 3/29/19. https://www.dosbirds.org/committees/conservation/dos-conservation-science-grants/

Audubon Advocacy Workshop

An Audubon Advocacy Workshop will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion. Audubon welcomes the participation of DVOC Conservation Committee and any interested DVOC members. A goal of the workshop is to prepare a corps of individuals who will be able to provide support for key legislative initiatives that …

Results of the 2018 Members’ Photo Contest

Grand Prize Steve Kacir Memorial Award for Photographic Achievement:Bert Filemyr – Cruising – Northern Fulmar following a boat Birds1st: Bert Filemyr – Formation Flying -Two Common Goldeneyes in flight2nd: George Armistead – Hornbill with ScorpionHonorable Mentions:Patty Rehn – Willow:  Juvenile Willow Ptarmigan. Manitoba Fauna1st: Rob Hynson – Thick-tailed gecko2nd: Frank Windfelder – Blue Dasher Flora1st: Steve Mattan – Ninebark Flowers2nd: Patty Rehn …

DVOC Banquet 2018

The DVOC sincerely thanks the Banquet Committee and especially Chairperson Lauren Diamond for their efforts to make the banquet and art show a success. If it had not been for Mother Nature playing a last-minute trick on us, there would have been a record turnout. As it was, a sizeable group did make it to the event. Kevin Karlson and …

Passing of a Member – Edwin “Ed” Finkel

It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Ed Finkel on Saturday October 13, 2018 A funeral service will be on Thursday October 18, 2018, 1:00 pm, at the D’Anjolell Funeral Home 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355 proceeding to the Graveside at Haym Salomon Memorial Park, 200 Moores Road, Frazer, PA 19355. A Shiva at …

FDR Park Master Plan

Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, has launched a master planning process for the 348-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia. FDR’s popularity, years of heavy use, and regular flooding have taken a toll on its infrastructure and environmental integrity. The goal of the master plan is to revitalize the park, restoring it back to its original …

Rosalie Edge award nominations sought

says: Hello, all – it’s time for nominations for the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award! This is awarded at the annual banquet “to one or more non-members, not necessarily a part of the birding community, in recognition of work done that has made a significant contribution to conservation of the environment.” Please email me at anne.sarah.bekker@gmail.com, and Holger at pflicke.holger@gmail.com, with …