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).



  • A Message From Tony Croasdale – BirdPhilly Chairperson

    Hello, DVOC members, as chair of the BirdPhilly Committee, I am looking for leaders to guide field trips in Philadelphia. I am looking to put together a calendar of events for 2020. Anywhere you want to lead a walk within the city limits of these cities is great, however I am providing a list a places that I think could use more attention. If you want to lead a walk please email me with the location and your preferred date. I will work to connect you with recreation centers, park friend’s groups, libraries, and other local groups to publicize the programs. Thank you!

    Tony Croasdale
    tony.croasdale@phila.gov

    FDR
    Fernhill Park
    McMichael Park
    Washington Ave Green
    Fisher Park
    Wister Woods
    Schuylkill River Trail
    Manyunk Toe Path
    Wissinoming Park
    Pleasant Hill Park
    Hunting Park
    Lardners Point
    Fluehr Park
    Poquessing
    Burlhome Park
    West Fairmount Park
    Gorgas Park

<< Nov 2019 >>
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

Meetings

ICAL     HTML

December 05, 2019

December 05, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Roger Pasquier

Birds in Winter is the first book devoted to the ecology and behavior of birds during the most challenging season of the year, when every bird’s focus is on survival. Winter may for many birds have had the greatest influence on their evolution and adaptations, from anatomy to migration. Winter affects not only the birds that remain in regions where it becomes cold each year, but also the migrants that go far to avoid the effects of cold, as well as the resident species with which they share habitat at their destinations.
At high latitudes, birds must cope with much shorter days to find food, stay warm, avoid predators, and secure shelter for the long night. Some that were solitary during the nesting season form flocks of their own or of many species with complex dominance hierarchies, others that in summer found all the food they needed for themselves and for their young in daylight become nocturnal. Migrants going short or long distances adapt to different ecosystems and communities of resident birds.

Roger Pasquier is an associate in the department of ornithology at the American Museum. My career was, in order, with the department, the International Council for Bird Preservation, the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Audubon Society. I have written a few other books, including Watching Birds: An Introduction to Ornithology, The Birds of the Republic of Panama, vol. 4, and Masterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration.

Link to Roger’s book: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13668.html



Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS

Field Trips

ICAL     HTML

November 23, 2019
November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Explore the East Park Reservoir with Keith Russell.


See more

Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS

November 27, 2019
November 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cliff Hence

Free to all members and non-members

Join Cliff Hence at Conowingo Dam to search for Bald Eagles and other birds that use the dam’s outflow for easy food source.

Meet 9AM at the info display area just past the entrance to the second Parking area.


See more

Add to Google Calendar
Download ICS



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

Placeholder

© Bert Filemyr

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

Loading...

DVOC Initiatives

Placeholder

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.