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).


  • Lights Out, Philly!

    In response to the tragic bird mortality event of October 2, Robert M. Peck and Keith Russell have published a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which includes seven actions that home- and building-owners can take as we move toward a “Lights Out” initiative in Philadelphia.

    https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/birds-center-city-philadelphia-lights-out-buildings-20201021.html

  • Bob Billings Big Year Award Presentation

    The November 5 Virtual DVOC meeting will include the presentation of the 2019 Bob Billings Big Year award to Barb Bassett. Barb topped all other participants by seeing 290 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2019, almost all of them in New Jersey! Her total included 4 species never before sighted during the 9-year history of the competition. Barb will give us a short talk about her big year effort, with members of Bob Billings’s family present via Zoom. The award presentation, normally done at a spring meeting, was delayed by the cancellation of all meetings until recently because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • 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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Meetings

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November 05, 2020

November 05, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Lindee

THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING, SO YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO PARTICIPATE!

Register in advance here”
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcOquqTosGN1uWKIqxL4dNCIPqW-MaZIE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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(with photos by Imogen Warren)

     There are now 57 known species of extinct New Zealand birds, who disappeared either before humans arrived on the islands in about 1350, before Europeans arrived in 1769, or over the last 250 years.  The Polynesians who followed migrating birds to islands across the Pacific annihilated all of the dozen or more species of giant Flightless Moa.  Europeans brought rats, cats, dogs, and European birds, presumably carrying disease. Industrialization and industrialized agriculture disrupted ecosystems and many stunning birds disappeared.

And yet—what can still be seen in New Zealand today is exceptional, unique, remarkable.  During my trips in December 2019 and January 2020 with my friend Imogen Warren (whom I met on an Australian birding trip some years ago), I fell in love sequentially with the “confiding” Wrybill—the only bird in the world with a beak that is laterally curved; with the Kea, the world’s only alpine parrot, a stunning and almost tame creature;  with dozens of surf-landing Little Blue Penguins; and with the unforgettable Giant Petrel, Fernbird, Kaka, Rifleman and Mollymawk.  Bird life in New Zealand is abundant and beautiful.

Today, this gorgeous land–more properly known by its indigenous Maori name Aotearoa–is still a remarkable birding destination. This is my report about my trips.

             

Susan Lindee                                                    Kea, by Imogen Warren

Susan Lindee is a native Houstonian who probably first got interested in birds when her father adopted a wounded Purple Gallinule.  Because her parents came from southern Louisiana, she grew up visiting the marshes of the Atchafalaya Basin, where her grandfather had a rustic island camp. Roseate Spoonbills and Snowy Egrets (and ‘gators…) were common sights. She has birded in many parts of the world, including Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Morocco, China, and all over Europe and the United States.  The Gulf Coast of Texas remains a favorite spot (Anahuac in spring!).  She is the Janice & Julian Bers Professor of the History & Sociology of Science at UPenn and was Ship’s Historian for a Lindblad tour of the Galapagos Islands in 2017.

Imogen Warren is a middle school teacher in New Zealand and an avid bird photographer, as well as Membership Secretary for Birds NZ, and Editor-in-Chief for Stilt (journal of the Australian Flyways Groups of BirdLife Australia.
Bob Billings Big Year Award Presentation. The November 5 Virtual DVOC meeting will include the presentation of the 2019 Bob Billings Big Year award to Barb Bassett. Barb topped all other participants by seeing 290 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2019, almost all of them in New Jersey! Her total included 4 species never before sighted during the 9-year history of the competition. Barb will give us a short talk about her big year effort, with members of Bob Billings’ family present via Zoom. The award presentation, normally done at a spring meeting, was delayed by the cancellation of all meetings until recently because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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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


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.