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).


  • DVOC Meetings Canceled Until Further Notice
    President Linda Widdop has this message:

    “Looks like the pandemic caught up to us. Our speaker cancelled her trip to Philly and will be rescheduled for later date. Due to that and the fact that we should keep our distance, we have decided to cancel the meeting entirely. Sorry about this. Hopefully we can resume regular scheduling in April.

    According to our historian, Bert Filemyr, the club hasn’t cancelled a meeting due to epidemic in the past. This is unprecedented. Stay safe and in good health. We need you out there birding! Migration is happening. Cowbirds at my feeder, Phoebes along the Pennypack Creek, Woodcocks displaying!”

Meetings

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April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Matt Halley

Matt Halley, Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences will present a talk about the fascinating research he has been doing in pursuit of his doctoral degree.

Watch this space for more information!

From his prior DVOC presentation….

A smile from the Witmer Stone    Award (2019) winner

 



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Field Trips

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April 12, 2020
April 12, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Holger Pflicke

Free to all members and non-members

Please join us for a bird walk at this underappreciated park in NE Philly! We should see plenty of sparrows and some early migrating warblers like Palm and Pine Warblers. Eastern Phoebes and Woodpeckers should also be around. If we are lucky we might get a glimpse of activity at a Cooper’s and Red-tailed Hawk nest.

We will meet at the end of McNulty Road (14400 McNulty Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154). There is a dead end. Cars can be parked along the road. GPS for Google Maps: 40.107337, -74.972503.

Sturdy footwear is recommended as the ground can be wet and muddy.

You don’t have a pair of binoculars? Birding backpacks (including binoculars and field guide) are available at the following libraries: Andorra, Cobbs Creek, Cecil B. Moore, Logan, Richmond, South Philly and Widener.

The event is free and open to everyone.


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April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Join us at Belleplain State Forest in Cape May county to search for early migrants and breeders. Belleplain is famous for Worm-eating, Pine, Prothonotary and other warblers along with Louisiana Waterthrushes. We will tour the park in carpool.

Meet at the State Forest office parking lot. (bathrooms available!)


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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.

Birding

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© 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

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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.