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).


  • Please send in your 2019 bird checklists

    The DVOC member who saw the most bird species in the DVOC program area during the calendar year is crowned the winner of the BOB BILLINGS BIG YEAR AWARD! The prize: $200 and bragging rights! All members are urged to send in their 2019 checklists to Billings committee chair Art McMorris (mcmorris AT mac DOT com) by Jan. 31. No advance sign-up is necessary; just be a member and go birding! For simplicity you can just let Art know your total number of species, and if you’re the leader, you can send in your checklist later, but everything must be received by Jan. 31. Full details, including what constitutes the “DVOC program area,” are on the website at https://dvoc.org/about/committees/billings/

    And for the new year, it’s the same simple 2-step process:

    1. Go birding!
    2. Send in your checklist at the end of the year.

  • Passing of a Member – Barbara Haas

    It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Barbara Haas today, January 8, 2020, after a brief illness.
    Her husband and fellow club member, Frank Haas is planning a memorial service in a few weeks. 

    Barb joined the DVOC in 1983 and was a life member. She was designated both a Fellow and a DEVOC. She served the club in many ways, most notably in the role of Treasurer from 1987 to 1996.

    A Memorial Service for Barbara Haas will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Holiday Inn in Morgantown at 1 pm. For more information go to www.FranklinHaas.com.

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Meetings

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February 06, 2020

February 06, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Scott Burnet

I start off with the biology and a brief history in America of the Chimney Swift. I cover it’s historical nesting, and how the colonization of a new nation affected the species. I move on to modern conservation concerns, and eventually to methods to help the species, including (especially) the building of artificial towers as safe havens.

 

I have been birding for 52 years. I started when I was four. Currently, I am an Executive Board member and Habitat Committee Chairman for the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society. I am also a Board Member of the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, and a member of the City of Allentown’s Environmental Advisory Council.


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Field Trips

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February 09, 2020
February 09, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Holger Pflicke

Free to all members and non-members

Please join us for a birdwalk at one of Philly’s most underrated birding locations. We should see woodpeckers, bluebirds, sparrows and maybe a surprise warbler.

We will meet at the parking lot of the Champions Park playground off of Verree Road at the intersection with Tustin St/Susquehanna Rd. GPS coordinates: 40.080355,-75.067948.

Sturdy footwear is recommended as we will mostly walk on trails through the meadow and some hiking trails in the woods.

This event will take place unless there is a winter storm warning and/or temperatures below 10F.

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.


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February 15, 2020
February 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

The National Audubon Society’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries are teaming up with experts from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club and the Academy of Natural Sciences to participate in the GBBC on Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 to11 am. Bring your binoculars, water and snacks and join the fun!

Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse and within the cemetery.


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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

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.