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).


  • 2021 Officers, Councilors, and Fellows

    The election of DVOC officers and councilors is held each year at the “Annual Members’ Meeting” each January. The results of the election held at the January 7 2021 meeting are as follows:

    Officers (for 1-year terms)

    President: Linda Widdop
    Vice President: Gregg Gorton
    Secretary: Barbara Bassett
    Treasurer: Martin Dellwo

    Councilors-at-Large (for 3-year terms)

    Linda Timlin
    Mike Walter

    DVOC congratulates the elected officers and councilors, and thanks retiring councilors Lauren Diamond and Rob Bierregaard and continuing councilors Anne Bekker, Brian Quindlen, Katrina Rakowski and Dan Efroymson for their service to the club.

    Honorary members and Fellows were also announced at the meeting:

    Honorary Member

    Harry Armistead: Harry has compiled results of the Cape Charles, Va., Christmas Count for 48 years and has organized 131 migration counts at Blackwater NWR, Va. He was a regional editor for American Birds for 15 years (1979-1993), Book Review Editor for Birding magazine from its founding in 1968 until 1981, and he continues to pen superb book reviews for Birding, the ABA Blog, and other outlets. In fact, the current issue of Birding features one of his reviews and his photo is there among the issue’s authors, which is an unusual honor for a book reviewer: https://www.aba.org/the-great-global-quest-for-penguins/. For many more of his reviews, see: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?authorName=Henry%20T.%20Armistead.

    Fellows

    Dan Efroymson – for commitment to Council and assisting in various capacities
    Brian Quindlen – for commitment to Council, working with Youth Birding committee and various youth activities
    Linda Timlin – for assisting with meetings, photo documenting meetings and banquets. She is also nominated to Council starting in January
    Judy Stepenaskie – for commitment to Conservation Committee at DVOC and other clubs, work with Peregrine project and other volunteer involvement
    Stephen Maciejewski – for his commitment to building collision documentation working mostly alone and tirelessly to retrieve and document dead birds in Center City Philadelphia

    DVOC congratulates Harry Armistead, and all the new Fellows for their service to the club.

  • Results of the Photo Contest

    Thanks to Steve Mattan who hosted and to the judges – Linda Timlin, Judy Stepenaskie, and Patrick McGill.

    See all the winning photos here

    Birds
    1st Place: Barb Basset – “Grassling” Wattlebird
    2nd Place: Kevin Berkoff – Red-billed Tropicbird
    3rd Place: Sue Sherman – Backwards Glance
    Honorable Mention: Paul Guris – Unwelcome Visitor
     
    Fauna
    1st Place: Kevin Berkoff – Chimpanzee
    2nd Place: Anne Bekker – Anax longipes
    3rd Place: Paul Guris – River Jewlwing Riding the Reeds
    Honorable Mention: Frank Windfelder – Giant Swallowtail
     
    Flora
    1st Place: Barb Basset – Fall Ferns
     
    Scenery
    1st Place: Paul Guris – Surveying My Domain
    2nd Place: Kevin Berkoff – Lunar Eclipse
    3rd Place: Paul Guris – Anacapa Island
     
    Birders
    1st Place: Paul Guris – in the Glow of the Sunset
    2nd Place: Sue Sherman – Sunrise on the Dike
    3rd Place: John Lemonick – Old Friends
     
    DVOC Area
    1st Place: Patty Rehn – Little Devils
    2nd Place: Kevin Berkoff – Cape May Warbler
    3rd Place: Paul Guris – Matching Bookends
    Honorable Mention: Scott Burnet – Lawrence’s Warbler
    Honorable Mention: Barb Basset – “My Domain” Bald Eagle
     
    Avocet Award
    Kevin Berkoff – Chimpanzee
     
    Kacir Award
    Kevin Berkoff – Blue-breasted Bee-eaters


  • Update from the President – August 2020

    Members and Friends – I hope that you are all well and enduring the economic, health and social impacts in your lives. The COVID 19 pandemic continues to permeate all aspects of our lives and it looks like there is no end in sight. The DVOC Council has been working to address the challenges and improve our club’s mission and activities. I wanted to share the updates with you here. 

    Meetings

    The good news: We are prepared to hold DVOC meetings starting Sept 17th! We will get back to the business of the club followed by a presentation by Jim Wright who will discuss his new book “The Real James Bond” – a true story of identity theft, avian intrigue, and Ian Fleming.  
    The bad news: The Academy of Natural Sciences is closed to the public so we will not be able to meet in person. 

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February 04, 2021

February 04, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Speaker: Therese A. Catanach

Since this is a virtual meeting on Zoom, you must register in advance here:

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Brief Description:

Historically treated as one species, a joint project between the Academy of Natural Sciences – Drexel and the Peregrine Fund has shown that Sharp-shinned Hawk actually contains multiple species, some of which are critically endangered.  Therese will discuss the status of Sharp-shinned Hawks across their range and will spotlight some of the conservation actions being taken to protect these hawks from further declines.

Brief Biography:

Therese A. Catanach (they/them) is a postdoctoral researcher in ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.  Therese received Ph.Ds from Texas A&M University (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) and the University of Illinois (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology) where they studied avian feather lice and grassland insect biogeography, respectively.  At the Academy, Therese has focused primarily on identifying relationships between hawk species, but they have worked with a variety of taxa including tinamous, toucans, thrushes, various louse genera, Hepatitis B, and Herpes.  Therese enjoys field work, particularly in difficult-to-access locations (past trips include a bird salvaging trip to Ascension Island and insect collecting from a series of mountain tops in Mindanao, Philippines) or places with travel warnings.  Outside of work, Therese enjoys wandering the world, preparing study skins for museums, listening to Yankee games, working on their beer life list (currently at 1260 unique “species” of primarily stouts), reading sci fi/fantasy, playing World of Warcraft, and during the pandemic has been revisiting a love of carpentry–this time with a much better selection of power tools.

>With Multicolored Tanager in Colombia      >Inspecting Black-chested Snake-eagle in Kenya



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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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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.