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).


  • Bob Billings Big Year Winner

    DVOC congratulates Tori Sindlinger and Debbie Beer, who tied to win the 2020 Bob Billings Big Year award. Tori and Debbie each saw an impressive 272 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2020, in spite of all the restrictions due to Covid (e.g. no pelagic trips)! The award will be presented to Tori and Debbie at the April 15 DVOC Zoom meeting, with members of Bob Billings’s family present, and Tori and Debbie will give us brief talks about their big year efforts.

  • Passing of a Member – Barbara Granger

    It is with great sadness we report the passing of DVOC member Barbara Granger.

    Barbara joined the club in 2009 and was a Life Member and a Fellow. She was active in many club roles over the years particularly arranging several of our annual banquets.

    Funeral services are set for February 14, 1:00 pm on Zoom. Please email webmaster@dvoc.org for the Zoom meeting link. Further information will be distributed if available.

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March 04, 2021

March 04, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Speaker: Glaucia Del-Rio & Anna Hiller

Because this is a virtual meeting on Zoom, YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ufuCurT8sHNGWkSjwezE8a1zbXM-q2YeH

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Brief description:

This talk will cover the adventures of eight women– bird specialists– in one of the remotest areas of the Amazon Forest. Glaucia Del-Rio and Anna Hiller will talk about the first ornithological expedition led and undertaken exclusively by women, the Emilie Snethlage Expedition. The expedition honors an amazing woman, one of the most important Amazonian ornithologists, who described almost 40 bird taxa in the beginning of the twentieth century. Of all the Amazon’s major tributaries, the only one Emilie Snethlage never sampled was the Juruá River. Glaucia and Anna will talk about the Juruá birds, their days in the field and the remarkable scientific discoveries made during their trip!

 Glaucia Del-Rio was the Snethlage expedition leader. She is a field and museum ornithologist doing her PhD with Drs. Robb Brumfield and Brant Faircloth at LSU (Louisiana State University). Glaucia works with the Harlequin Antbird, an obligate army-ant-following antbird described by Emilie Snethlage in 1907.

Anna Hiller is an ornithologist from the LSU Museum of Natural Science. She is a PhD candidate working with Drs. Brant Faircloth and Robb Brumfield. Anna aims to understand shared patterns of diversification of birds in Andean flowerpiercers (genus Diglossa).

 



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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


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.

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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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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.