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.

Meetings

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February 20, 2020

February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Ashley Kennedy

 Your yard might look beautiful, but how do you know if it’s contributing to the local ecosystem? Numerous studies from around the world suggest that insect populations are currently in decline. This in turn affects birds who rely on insects for food. To determine which insects are most important in bird diets, I conducted a citizen science project to crowd-source images of birds with their arthropod prey. More than 7,000 photos were contributed by participants across North America, demonstrating that caterpillars are the preferred prey for most terrestrial breeding birds. Come learn about the food webs connecting plants, insects, and birds, and how YOU can help by converting your yard into better wildlife habitat for these groups!

 

Ashley Kennedy is a Board Certified Entomologist, a Science Policy Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, and a member of the Delaware Native Species Commission. Currently an ORISE postdoctoral fellow in the Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Army Public Health Center (Edgewood, Maryland), Ashley recently earned her doctorate in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation research in Doug Tallamy’s lab focused on bird-insect food webs, specifically, investigating which insects are the most important in birds’ diets.



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Field Trips

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February 23, 2020
February 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Trip Leader: Holger Pflicke

Free to all members and non-members

Please join us for a bird walk at one of Philly’s Top 3 birding locations. We should see plenty of waterfowl and sparrows. Maybe we even get a glimpse of the resident Great Horned Owl. This walk will also include portions of the now-closed golf course.

Let’s meet at the parking lot east of the gazebo. GPS coordinates: 39.9034994, -75.1787725. This is the first parking lot on the left after the playground before the bridge when you are driving the park loop.

Due to consistent flooding in the park please be prepared for muddy and wet areas.

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 29, 2020
February 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader: Judy Stepenaskie

Free to all members and non-members

Meet in the parking lot at the Visitors Center and bring lunch. Join us to witness the spectacle of huge numbers of snow geese as they prepare to head north. We expect to see over 100,000 snow geese, plus several thousand tundra swans and a few Bald Eagles. Other waterfowl we expect include: Pintails, Scaup, American Wigeon, Black Ducks, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks. The tour road isn’t open, but there will still be plenty to see. For those interested, we may stay till dusk to see the Short-eared Owls.

The Visitor’s Center is located on Museum Road, off of Hopeland Road in Kleinfeltersville, PA. Bring lunch. For those interested, we may stay till dusk to look for Short-eared Owls.

Here is the website for the PA Game Commission with directions and info:
https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/AboutUs/ContactInformation/Southeast/MiddleCreekWildlifeManagementArea/Pages/default.aspx


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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.