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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Meetings

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July 09, 2020

July 09, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Tykee James

First, Tykee will talk about his own experiences as a young, Black birder in Philly.  Second, he will reflect on key takeaways and other aspects of the recent, international #BlackBirdersWeek events.  Third, he will comment on birders’ potential power and effectiveness as “the best hope for environmental advocacy.”  Finally, he will take questions & comments, and will encourage discussion of issues he has raised.  A link to join the virtual meeting will be emailed to all members a couple of days prior to the event.

The speaker hosting a virtual panel discussion during #BlackBirdersWeek (screenshot)

Tykee James grew up in Philadelphia and became involved in outdoor activities at the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, where he became a birder while in high school. He has held positions at the Clean Air Council of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.  He has served as Executive Legislative Assistant and Environmental Advisor to Pennsylvania State Representative Donna Bullock (D-Phil). In 2017 he held a summer fellowship as part of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) of the Delaware River, and in 2018 he became Fellowship Coordinator for AWE, a program of Audubon Pennsylvania. Then, in November, 2018 he moved  to onto the national stage when he became Government Affairs Coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Washington, DC. He continues his involvement with birding, mostly by leading bird walks to educate others about the joys of engaging with birds and nature.  Participants on his walks sometimes include members of Congress and congressional staff, among others.  He also sits on the Board of Wyncote Audubon and is a podcast host & producer with Wildlife Observation Network.

 



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Field Trips

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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 (different assortment of species expected from those in description)

This is a joint trip with the Philadelphia Botanical Club

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 birds and plants.

Birds: Many of Philadelphia’s migrants breed here in good numbers, including hermit thrush, alder and least flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, rose-breasted grosbeak, and purple finch; as well as magnolia, chestnut-sided, blackburnian, hooded, worm-eating, black-throated green and Canada warblers. We may even catch some straggling migrants on their way further north. Barred owls are a good possibility, and we have encountered ruffed grouse along the aptly-named Grouse Trail, as well as other spots. (We will also hold out hope for a hog-nosed snake.

Plants: We’ve timed this trip to make a convenient stop on the way to Ontario for those driving to the botanical Joint Field Meeting. This is a good place to see plants of northern woods, such as Trillium undulatum (painted trillium), Rubus dalibarda (syn. Dalibarda repens; dewdrop), Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), and long beech fern (Phegopteris connectilis). We will see a large and thriving population of Lygodium palmatum (climbing fern). Other plants we might see include Amianthium muscitoxicum (fly poison), Liparis liliifolia (large twayblade), Polygala paucifolia (gay wings), Tiarella cordifolia (foamflower), Waldsteinia fragarioides (barren strawberry), Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle), Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush), Castanea dentata (American chestnut), and a nice assortment of clubmosses.

Practicalities: Our walk is potentially an easy 6 miles or so, with pacing and distance dependent on what we find. There are options to shorten this walk, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time/interest. A map of Nescopeck is available at http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003600.pdf. Meeting place will be provided after registration.

Bring water, bug spray, and lunch. For virus safety, the number of participants is limited to 18. Pre-registration is required; contact Anne at anne.sarah.bekker@gmail.com

Our walk is an easy six miles or so, with options to shorten, as well as to stop and explore two other park sections afterwards if there’s time/interest.


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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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© 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.