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!”

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September 12, 2020
September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader: Anne Bekker & Janet Novak

Free to all members and non-members

UPDATE: NEW DATE DUE TO COVID-19

September 12, 2020  (previously June 08, 2020) @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Explore Nescopeck State Park with the DVOC and the Philadelphia Botanical Club
September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Trip Leaders: Anne Bekker & Janet Novak

Free to all members and non-members.

This is a joint trip with the http://www.philbotclub.org/
Nescopeck is a large state park with swathes of white pine and hemlock bordering Nescopeck Creek, some natural ponds and wetlands as well as a man-made lake, and sections of oak-hickory forest. It has excellent diversity of both plants and birds.
BirdsMany of Philadelphia’s migrants breed here, and Nescopeck is a migration hotspot in fall as well as spring. We may see both cuckoos, four species of thrush, good numbers of Canada, blackburnian, hooded, black-throated green, worm-eating and other warblers, and more. In mid-September, this is a surprisingly reliable spot for olive-sided flycatchers and Philadelphia vireos. We have encountered ruffed grouse in several parts of the park. If time permits we may explore the old fields at the west end of the park for bobolink and other grassland species. (We will also hold out hope for a hog-nosed snake.)
 
Plants: This is a good place to see plants of northern woods, such as Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), long beech fern (Phegopteris connectilis), Trillium undulatum (painted trillium), Rubus dalibarda (syn. Dalibarda repens; dewdrop), and perhaps Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush). We will see a large and thriving population of Lygodium palmatum (climbing fern). Other plants we expect to see include Amianthium muscitoxicum (fly poison), Waldsteinia fragarioides (barren strawberry), Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle), Castanea dentata (American chestnut), and a nice assortment of clubmosses.
Practical Information:

For COVID safety, we ask that participants follow CDC guidelines: wear a mask and maintain appropriate “social distance” of six feet or more. Please note that neither the DVOC nor its field trip leaders are responsible for injuries sustained on one of our trips. For virus safety, the number of participants will have to be limited, in which case it will be first come, first served among those who register.
Our walk is potentially an easy 6 miles or so, with pacing and distance dependent on what we find. The terrain we will be covering is fairly gentle, but in spots the trail is rocky and may be wet. Choose appropriate footwear. There is also a good possibility that we will encounter ticks. Please come prepared with your favorite repellent. There are options to shorten this walk, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time and interest. You can download a Nescopeck map. Bring water and lunch. Pre-registration is required; contact Anne at the email below.
 
Directions: will be provided upon registration (contact Anne at the email below)
 
Leaders: Anne Bekker, anne.sarah.bekker@gmail.com and Janet Novak, botany@indri.org

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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.

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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

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Want to see and share photos of Delaware Valley birds? Check out our Flickr page.

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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.