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

Next Meeting:

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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Full Schedule:

January 5, 2017
January 19, 2017
  • Dr. Charles Wurster - DDT Wars: Character Assassination, Slander, and DDT Science

    January 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Dr. Charles Wurster, a founding trustee of Environmental Defense (formerly the Environmental Defense Fund, EDF), will present a talk on his new book, DDT Wars. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wurster's interest in birds was evident at a young age. He attended Quaker schools—Germantown Friends and Haverford College—receiving his bachelor's of science degree in 1952. He earned a master of science degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1954 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1957. Subsequently Wurster spent a year in Innsbruck, Austria, as a Fulbright Fellow. From 1959 to 1962, he worked as a research chemist at the Monsanto Research Corporation. He was instrumental in banning the pesticide DDT. An emeritus professor at the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wurster is an expert on the environmental effects of toxic chemicals.

    Links:
    Buy DDT Wars:
    https://www.amazon.com/DDT-Wars-Rescuing-Preventing-Environmental/dp/0190219416

    DDT Wars: Review by Henry T. Armistead
    http://blog.aba.org/2016/06/character-assassination-slander-and-ddt-science.html
    DDT Wars is the engaging account of the first struggles to get DDT and some other chemicals banned. Wurster and the others involved in those earliest actions, even before EDF was founded, were all birders.

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February 2, 2017
February 16, 2017
  • Bill Stewart - 9 (very true) Bird Stories

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

    After spending forty years birding, both as an advocation and profession, Bill’s birding adventures have had a way of delivering some unexpected, unpredictable and down right unbelievable situations and circumstances. For an entertaining look into 40 years of passionate birding, please join Bill as he shares his stories telling very true tales from the field!

    Bill Stewart is the Director of Conservation and Community along with Young Birder Program Coordinator for the American Birding Association and owner of Red Knot Outfitters. A passionate birder for 40 years, Bill is currently serving as the President of the Delmarva Ornithological Society. Previously, Bill served as the Conservation Chair for DOS and is the Founder and Coordinator of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, the Wilmington Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project and the Lights Out! Wilmington initiative. He also served on the Delaware Birding Trail committee and was Co-Director of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders. Past Board Member for the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, Bill was awarded the 2010 Conservation Champion Award from the USFWS and the 2010 Citizens Award from the US Dept. of Interior for his bird conservation efforts. Most recently, Bill was awarded the 2014 Rosalie Edge Conservation Award from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. In his free time, Bill likes to spend time with his five children, grandsons and do a little surfing.

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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

    See more details

April 6, 2017
  • Social: Birding Trivia Quizzo - hosted by George Armistead

    April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Cherry St. Tavern, 129 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Come out for beers, sandwiches, trivia and fun at Cherry Street Tavern.
    Starting at 730pm we will kick off the first-ever DVOC Birding Trivia Quizzo. Teams of from 1 to 4 people attempt to answer questions on the following subjects:

    Club & Member Trivia
    Birds & Birding in Popular Culture
    Birding in the Philadelphia Area

    A new event for the club, we hope you will come out, either as a spectator or as a participant. It’ll be a great way to learn about our area and its birders too.

    Again, spectators are most welcome!

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April 20, 2017
  • Jeffrey Hall - NW PAssage: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania

    April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chatauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders, it is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west. The timber and petroleum booms in the 19th century and strip mining in the mid-20th century took a huge toll on the environment of NW PA. But many areas have recovered, and now there is much to appreciate in the ‘far corner’ of Pennsylvania: Forested hills that are home to warblers, thrushes, and tanagers; rivers and creeks occupied by mergansers and otters; lakes and marshes that attract waterbirds; even reclaimed strip mines that now provide habitat for grassland species. This program will survey some of the best natural features of this often-overlooked region.

    Jeffrey Hall taught biology and served as President of Washington Crossing Audubon in New Jersey for many years before retiring and moving to Franklin, Pennsylvania. He is now President of Bartramian Audubon Society and active in other nature and historic preservation groups in northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as being an instructor at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University. Hall’s photographs and articles have appeared in Living Bird, NJ Audubon, Underwater Naturalist, Cassinia, and other publications. He has given presentations to over 50 nature, birding, and photography groups, including recently Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Three Rivers Birding Club of Pittsburgh.

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May 4, 2017
May 18, 2017
  • Doug Wechsler - Discover One Bird, Save a Thousand

    May 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    An odd bird is discovered in cloud forest of the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Scientist rushing to find out more about the bird find themselves in a race to save it. Cascading events lead to the establishment of a chain of bird reserves and conservation action across the globe.
    Doug Wechsler will recount this fascinating history and talk about bird conservation in Ecuador today. His beautiful images will focus in on the biodiversity of three of the southern Ecuador reserves run by the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation. What interesting management problems does the foundation face and how does it solve them?

    Doug Wechsler was Director of VIREO, the Academy of Natural Sciences' worldwide collection of bird photographs for 26 years. As part of the job, he photographed birds in rain forests around the world. Recently he and his wife Debbie volunteered for the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation. He is a photographer, naturalist and children's book author. His most recent book is The Hidden life of a Toad. Find out more at www.DougWechsler.com.

    Links
    More about Doug’s books, photos, etc.
    http://www.dougwechsler.com/pages/about.php

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June 1, 2017
  • Zoe Yost - Owling at the Moon: Explorations on Silent Wings

    June 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Zoe Yost is a thirteen-year-old naturalist, writer, artist, musician, and yogini. An active birder since age six, she has presented at and co-led birding walks with the Delmarva Ornithological Society, raised over $5,000 for the Delaware Bird-a- thon, and worked as a banding assistant for Dr. Ian Stewart. In addition to the East Coast, she has birded in California, Wyoming, Alaska, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Western Caribbean, and Great Britain. She has participated in art exhibitions at the Wilmington Art Loop, the Delmarva Ornithological Society, the Entomological Society of America, and the Center for the Creative Arts. Zoe is also a zealous pianist, violist, and writer.

    Owls, the silent wings of the night, have fascinated humankind for centuries, both in positive and negative ways. But, what becomes visible to the mind’s eye when this cloak of myth and speculation is thrown off? Chronicling both fact and fiction, enthusiastic owlaholic Zoe Yost takes her audience on a rollicking expedition through original photographs, artwork, and writing to shed light on these elusive owls, one of the dark’s most iconic inhabitants.

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