DVOC Banquet 2022

The DVOC Banquet is back live and in person this year!

Join us on November 17th, 2022 at 6:30pm for a fun, new style of banquet, featuring a buffet-style dinner and interactive presentation by Cape May’s own Mark Garland. Come flex your bird knowledge to win prizes and clout from your peers!

Where: 1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19147
When: 6:30 pm
Tickets: $59 (Please note that proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Thank you for your cooperation.)

6:30pm: Cocktail Hour with Cash Bar
7:30pm: Buffet-Style Dinner & Presentation by speaker Mark Garland

The Great, Amazing, Wonderful Birds of the World Trivia Quiz

(with Prizes Galore)
Speaker: Mark S. Garland
This light-hearted, interactive program features photos, videos, and stories about birds from a variety of locations. Some of the quiz questions will test your knowledge, while for others you just need to be lucky. Plan to have fun and simultaneously delight in the amazing diversity of the behaviors and appearances of some of the world’s more interesting birds. You might even learn a thing or two.

Mark S. Garland is a naturalist who has been based in Cape May for the last 21 years. Originally from Maryland, he started his career as a naturalist for the National Park Service before settling into his home state and working for nearly 20 years for the Audubon Naturalist Society. He has led hundreds of field trips and tours, from right out his back door to locations halfway around the world. He writes the Birder’s Question Mark column for Bird Watcher’s Digest. Learn more about Mark on his website,

Menu (Buffet-Style)

Deluxe Chef Salad (v)

Grilled & Roasted Fall Vegetables in Puff Pastry (v)
Chicken Francaise (Chicken Cutlet Breaded and Sautéed in Lemon & White Wine)
Carved Top Round of Beef

Rosemary Bliss Potatoes (v), Italian Vegetable Medley (v), Marinated Artichoke Salad (v), Tomato & Cucumber Salad (v), Rolls with Butter

Assorted Cookies, Cannolis, Pastries, and Cake.
(v) = vegan

All are welcome.
Questions? Email


Past Speakers

2021 Holly Merker Ornitherapy
2020 Peter Kaestner From Zero to 9400--a Life of Birding
2019 Jeff Gordon It’s Too Late to Stop Now: Sharing the Gospel of Birding in the 21st Century
2018 Kevin Karlson & Pete Dunne Birds of Prey
2017 Neil Hayward Lost Among the Birds
2016 Katie Fallon Coffee, Coal, and Cooperation: Saving the Cerulean Warbler
2015 Pat and Clay Sutton Reflections of DVOC
2014 Katrina van Grouw A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and
‘The Unfeathered Bird’
2013 Bill Thompson III The Perils and Pitfalls of Birding
2012 Stephen
W. Kress
Restoring Endangered Seabirds: Lessons from
Puffins and Terns
2011 Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet "The Birds of Cape May"
2010 Scott Weidensaul "Messing Around with Birds (for Fun
and Science)”
2009 Rick Wright "The Most Beautiful of the Whole Beautiful
Lot: Wood Warblers of the American Southwest"
2008 Pat and Clay Sutton "Birds and Birding at Cape May (a Bird
Walk Through Time)"
2007 Don Kroodsma "The Singing Life of Birds"
2006 Pete Dunne "25 Things That Have Changed Birding"
2005 Michael Male and Judy Feith "Bitter Lake NWR"
2004 Dr. Carl Safina "Eye
of the Albatross: Visions of Hope & Survival"
2003 Kenn Kaufmann "Birds and the Undiscovered
Scott Weidensaul
the Dead: The Search for Lost Species."
Bill Murphy
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago"
Kevin Karlson
the Love of Birds”
Julio de
la Torre
of North America"
Peter Mathiessen
of the World"
Bird Photographer
Steve Hilty
and Realites in the American Tropics"
Noel Snyder
of the Thick-billed Parrot"
Debra Love
the Seasons: An Introduction to the Seabirds and Marine Mammals of Monterey
Dr. Jerome
Endangered Woodpeckers: The Ivory-billed and the Red-cockaded"
Peter Alden
Antartica and Patagonia"
- Birding Opportunities"
Paul Butler
RARE Center
for Tropical Bird Conservation
Emile De
and Conservation in Costa Rica"
Birds of Prey"
Ray Davis
Birds "
Jim Brett
David's Spring to Wadi Qelt: A Naturalist's Isreal"
Armas Hill
in Brazil"
1984 Pete Dunne Ornithological Traditions of
Cape May
1983 Daniel Roby "Birds of the Falklands
and South Georgia"
1982 Len Soucy  
1981 Armas Hill California Birding
1980 Ben King "Birds of Asia"
1979 Dr. Kenneth C. Parkes "Birdwatcher at a Rusty
1978 John C. Yrizarry "Birds of Tikal"
1977 Dr. George Gee Endangered Species Program
1976 Richard A. Rowlett Sea Birds and Mammals off the
Atlantic Coast
1971 Dr. Peter Paul Kellogg Bahama Birds and Bird Songs
1970 Dr. Charles Wurster The Impact of DDT

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