Donating to the DVOC

Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible. The DVOC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

As one of the oldest bird clubs in existence, the DVOC has taken great pride in its responsibility to support initiatives that benefit birds and the birding community through outreach and education initiatives, and by assisting in ornithological research. Below is a quick list of work the club has initiated and/or is supported. Donate today to advance the cause!

Here are the current initiatives and links for more information


Bird Philly

Through BirdPhilly our goal is to increase interest and awareness of the region’s birds, and to build birders by providing quality birding experiences on expertly guided field trips. Most field trips are free, open to kids and adults, and many are scheduled at reasonable times of day, such as mid-morning or early afternoon. BirdPhilly will also spotlight valuable conservation programs and projects.


Bird Safe Philly

Birds are faced with a multitude of hazards year-round, but few are more dangerous than artificial light at night and glass, which can cause birds to collide with windows and other human-made structures. The Bird Safe Philly partnership aims to create safe spaces for birds through developing awareness of the issue of bird collisions related to the built environment and working in partnership with the Philadelphia community to implement solutions to prevent collisions.



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 -


DVOC Interns Fund

DVOC has established a fund to support interns in the Ornithology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.Interns will primarily be high school or college age, and they must be, or become, members of DVOC. The program will help encourage and support young people interested in birds; support ornithological work at the Academy; and further strengthen ties between DVOC and the Academy. Initial funding has been provided by a very generous $10,000 gift from Hart and Jewel Rufe, and will be augmented by additional funds raised by DVOC in the future.


NB4NB (New Bins for New Birders)

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.


Witmer Stone Sanctuary

The purpose of this committee is to encourage the state to designate part of the property it already owns in Cape May Point State Park as the Witmer Stone Sanctuary. You may remember the photo shown by Pat and Clay Sutton at 2008 banquet program, with Mr. Stone standing in front of the sign for the Witmer Stone Sanctuary. We are hoping for the restoration of this designation to honor a man who did a great deal for both conservation and who was closely associated with DVOC.


Youth Birding Committee

The DVOC Adam J. Sabatine Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2014 as an ongoing scholarship fund. The purpose of the award is to help encourage, enlighten, and foster ornithological skills in young birders between the ages of 13-18. At least one scholarship will be awarded each year, subject to the availability of funds raised by the Youth Birding Committee, in the amount designated by the DVOC Youth Birding Committee to assist with the costs associated of attending a program specified by the committee.

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