• 2016 Bob Billings Big Year Award

    DVOC congratulates Barb Bassett, the winner of the 2016 Bob Billings Big Year Award. Barb saw 317 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2016 – quite an accomplishment! Included in her total were 6 species not seen previously in this event: White-faced Storm-Petrel, Great Skua, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird and Varied Thrush.

    The award carries a $200 prize and bragging rights. The award will be presented to Barb at a regular DVOC meeting in the near future, and Barb will give us a brief presentation about her big year effort.

    For a list of Barb’s 317 species and a cumulative checklist of all years of the competition, go here. People who would like to participate in the 2017 competition must sign up by March 31. To sign up, please contact Art McMorris.

    The Bob Billings Big Year contest was the brain child of former club member Bob Billings and is supported by a generous bequest from his estate and additional donations by club members.

  • New Banquet Committee Chairperson

    President Marty Dellwo is pleased to announce that member Lauren Diamond will serve at the Banquet Committee Chairperson. We all look forward to working with Lauren to create an outstanding event on Thursday November 16, 2017. Save the date! Vice President and Program Chairperson George Armistead has arranged for big year birder Neil Hayward to be the banquet speaker. Neil is the author of the “Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year”

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  • Bill Stewart - 9 (very true) Bird Stories
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Meetings

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March 2, 2017
March 16, 2017
  • Bert Filemyr - A Brief Ornithological History of the Delaware Valley - People, Birds, Places and Other Things

    March 16, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Follow a timeline of local people and places that are important in the history of American ornithology. Learn about the local connections of well known people like John Bartram, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon plus lesser known, but important, individuals like John Cassin, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and Graceanna Lewis. You will gain an understanding of the important role of our area in American ornithological history.

    Bert Filemyr is an active field birder both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. He has birded extensively in all 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces. Retired from a public school teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer and webmaster of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, the "The Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America" and an article on Alexander Wilson and the Milestown School in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

    Links
    Buy “The Composite Prints of Audubon’s Birds of America” at:
    http://www.thefilemyrs.com/AudubonComposites/index.htm


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Field Trips

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February 25, 2017
  • Shark River Inlet

    February 25, 2017
    Ocean Ave & 1st Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

    Saturday - February 25, 2017 - meeting time 10:00AM

    Location - the Shark River Inlet - the south end. Ocean and 1st Ave.

    Details - We will head south from here to explore other areas of the North Shore than 2 weeks ago.
    Same info and weather concerns apply.
    Leader: Sandra Keller
    sandrakeller@verizon.net

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March 18, 2017
  • Barnegat Light in Winter

    March 18, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey 08006, USA

    Walk the jetty and beach to view wintering waterfowl including Harlequin Ducks and Common Eiders. We will also look for Loons and Alcids near shore. Barnegat is a winter tradition for DVOCers. Dress warm. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one and a camera if you want to photograph the scene or the birds. Meet in the State Park parking lot at 8:30 AM
    Trip Leader - Linda Widdop

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  • East Park Reservoir

    March 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    33rd St & Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    BirdPhilly/DVOC is participating in Audubon PA's event to showcase the site of their new center with Outward Bound. Bird walks every hour starting at 10am (bins and guides provided), food, music, climbing wall, resources. No registration required. In case of bad weather, we’ll spread the word about cancellation via social media.

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March 21, 2017


BirdPhilly is an initiative of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Founded in 1890, the DVOC has been based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1891. The DVOC runs fields trips throughout the tri-state region, however BirdPhilly focuses on trips within in Philadelphia city limits in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Through BirdPhilly our goal is to increase interest and awareness of Philadelphia’s birds by providing quality birding experiences on expertly guided field trips. All field trips are free unless the site charges an admission fee. These trips are open to children, adults, and well behaved pets. BirdPhilly also participates in DVOC’s Philadelphia Bird Race to raise funds for conservation and research projects.

Visit the BirdPhilly webiste


The club enthusiastically welcomes new members – young people, beginners and anyone else who is genuinely interested in birding. Members benefit from the wealth of information and expertise that this club offers. The bi-annual club journal, Cassinia, is provided to members.

Birding

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The Delaware Valley is the name given to the region that lays on either side of the Delaware River, centered on Philadelphia. This consists of southeastern Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware. Tell me more…


The following counties fall within our boundaries.

In Pennsylvania;
Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, Northampton County and Philadelphia County.

In New Jersey;
Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Salem County, Somerset County and Warren County.

In Delaware;
New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County

DVOC Flickr Page

Want to see and share photos of Delaware Valley birds? Check out our Flickr page.

Notable Nearby E-Bird Sightings

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DVOC Initiatives

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BirdPhilly is an initiative of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Founded in 1890, the DVOC has been based at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1891. The DVOC runs fields trips throughout the tri-state region, however BirdPhilly focuses on trips within in Philadelphia city limits in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Through BirdPhilly our goal is to increase interest and awareness of Philadelphia’s birds by providing quality birding experiences on expertly guided field trips. All field trips are free unless the site charges an admission fee. These trips are open to children, adults, and well behaved pets. BirdPhilly also participates in DVOC’s Philadelphia Bird Race to raise funds for conservation and research projects.

Visit the BirdPhilly webiste

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB)

Partnering with DVOC’s World Series of Birding Team’s corporate sponsor, Nikon Sport Optics, NB4NB is committed to supplying new, serviceable binoculars to organizations that expose young people to birding and the outdoors. We focus on those organizations that are local to the Delaware Valley Region: southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.




Each year the DVOC raises money for our Conservation Fund. Most of the funds are raised as part of the DVOC’s participation in NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding but other donations are certainly accepted. All funds collected in a calendar year are distributed to one or more organizations recommended by the Conservation Committee and approved by Council. For further information on donating – conservation@dvoc.org

You can quickly and easily make a donation using PayPal. Click the “Donate” button above to do this. If you have a Paypal Account please log in. If you do not, use the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” section in the lower left hand corner of the page that appears after you click the “Donate” button below.

The DVOC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible.