The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) is one of the oldest ornithology organizations in the United States. Founded in 1890, the club has held regular meetings at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for over 125 years, and has published the periodical Cassinia since 1901. Membership is open to any dues paying person with an interest in birds. The club organizes birding field trips throughout the Delaware River valley region, including a dedicated year-round trip schedule within the city limits of Philadelphia (BirdPhilly).


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Next Meeting: March 07, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Game Night at Discovery Center -
Next Field Trip: March 07, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch with Ducks at Philadelphia Navy Yard - South 13th Street and Admiral Peary Way, phila

Meetings

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March 07, 2024

March 07, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA, 19121

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NOTE the different location and start time. This is also an in-person-only event. Please register here

Join DVOC and Audubon Mid-Atlantic for our first joint Game Night.

With cooler temps and the sun still setting early, we’ll use this time to reconnect with each other before a busy Spring Migration season. Bring your tabletop games and good times and join us for a late winter birding-community hang out. No need to be a member of either organization to attend.

All ages welcome (Guests under 12 need adult supervision)

Games provided and able to be played include Wingspan, Aqua-Marooned, Catan, Card Games, Splendor, One-shot Dungeons and Dragons campaign (that will be bird-themed), And more!

Feel free to bring your own Tabletop games (Let’s leave the electronics at home this night). Snacks will also be provided!



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Field Trips

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March 07, 2024
March 07, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Manny Dominguez

Free to all members and non-members

Join BirdPhilly every Thursday from 12pm to 1pm at 13th and Admiral Peary Way and learn about our overwintering guests on the Delaware River!

We hope to see Canvasbacks, Ruddy Ducks, Scaup, Buffleheads, Bald Eagles, various Gulls, and maybe a Peregrine Falcon or two!

Trip Leader will have a scope for easy viewing of ducks, so no binoculars are necessary. Feel free to bring them if you have them though!

Also feel free to bring your lunch, there are a few benches along the river to enjoy the ducks and eat at, but please remember to NOT feed the wildlife!

Weather can be variable, but it is usually colder and windier by the river, so please dress accordingly.

Please park on 13th Street, and avoid parking in any private lots.

Unfortunately there are no accessible bathrooms in the area.


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March 09, 2024
March 09, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Trip Leader: Ken Walsh and Leigh Altadonna

Free to all members and non-members

Meet at the Barnegat Lighthouse parking lot. We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks, Common and Red-throated Loons, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, Purple Sandpipers, Snow Buntings, and more. This is a great time of year to hear and see Long-tailed Duck drakes starting to court females. After birding at Barnegat Lighthouse, we’ll bird the inlets along Long Beach Island. We will stop at the local deli for lunch or bring your own for this all-day trip. Dress for the weather.


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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.

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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.

People interested in receiving the club's weekly email newsletter can sign up by using the button below. Note that new club members start to receive the newsletter automatically after joining the club.

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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.

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.

Donate to Us!

You can quickly and easily make a donation to various DVOC initiatives using PayPal. Click the "Donate" button above to do see a list of initiatives. 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 one of the "Donate" buttons on the next page.

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