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).



  • Passing of a DVOC Member – Bill Stewart

    It is with sadness we report the passing of member Bill Stewart on Tuesday November 12, 2019
    Previous to becoming a DVOC member, Bill was the recipient of the 2014 Rosalie Edge Conservation Award in recognition of his ongoing conservation efforts in Delaware

    An article on his passing appeared in USA Today
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2019/11/14/delawareans-mourn-loss-avid-birder-conservationist-and-coach-bill-stewart/4177745002/?fbclid=IwAR3IL9fdzl5GLk3nFFUDpf213Dzx_xFVSHe6NLKi2oFWJRoeaWNi67CrDWE

    Holly Merker wrote the following on PABirds
    “Many of you knew Bill Stewart, who spent a lot of time in PA, and inspiring PA birders. He recently Chaired the Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium in partnership with the PSO, and was the founder of the Delaware Bird-a-Thon, which has saved thousands of acres along the Delaware Bayshore, which the PSO supported through donations and efforts. Below is what I wrote to the Delaware birding community:

    “With great sadness I’m writing to let you know that we’ve lost one of the greatest forces in the Delaware birding community today. Bill Stewart, a true bird hero. Bill passed away today surrounded by his family, and his beloved Kim, while wrapped in tremendous love.

    Bill’s drive and fire in the effort towards bird conservation, locally, and globally, was unparalleled. His incredible determination to make things happen, get things done, all in the name of birds and birding, was like none other. While bird conservation, through land conservation and education, was foremost for Bill, he prioritized connecting the next generation of birders to conservation, and led by example.

    There’s no doubt he will be missed by so many of us, as he’s left his incredible mark on our community. But, what he’d want us to do is go forward, make things happen, get things done for the good of birds and conservation. But most of all, cherish every moment with birds and friends, be empowered by the spectacles of migration, go do what your heart inspires you to do.”

Meetings

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December 19, 2019

December 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Speaker: Linda Widdop

Northern Fulmar by Bert Filemyr

Join us for the annual Members’ Photo Night. Each year, members submit photos is several categories – Birds, Fauna, Flora, Scenery, Birders and new this year, bird photos taken within the DVOC area. Hosted by Linda Widdop, the show promises to visually be stunning and result in prizes awarded in each category. Judges use criteria listed on the DVOC Photo Contest webpage to determine the best in each class. This year’s judges are Mike Walters, Navin Sasikumar and Linda Timlin.

Reminder – the photo contest is for members only but all are welcome to join the meeting to see the results.



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Field Trips

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December 21, 2019
December 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cliff Hence

Free to all members and non-members

Join Cliff Hence at Conowingo Dam to search for Bald Eagles and other birds that use the dam’s outflow for easy food source.

Meet 9AM at the info display area just past the entrance to the second Parking area.


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January 12, 2020
January 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 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! This trip is scheduled to coincide with low tide so we can check the gull roost on the river flats for any rarities. We can expect wintering ducks, some sparrows and if we are lucky the resident Screech Owl will pop out its head. And the local Bald Eagles should start preparing to nest again.

We will meet at the picnic pavilion. For directions you can use GPS coordinates: 40.027771, -75.012497. Or use address 7801 State Road. This will take you to an intersection with a small access road (large blue sign that says Riverview Homes). Turn onto that road and follow it until you see the pavilion (not the gazebo at the river).

This event will take place unless there is a winter storm warning and/or temperatures below 10F.
If anyone is interested, we can get lunch at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse around the corner.

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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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.

Birding

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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.