ALL ARE WELCOME. We encourage visitors, and would enjoy having you join us for a meeting or a field trip.

Meetings are lively proceedings, with a featured speaker or a special forum as well as reports from the various committees, announcements, and general field notes.

Club meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA (Directions to the Academy). Bimonthly, on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., the season begins on the third Thursday of September and goes through the first Thursday in June.

Before meetings at the Academy, an informal pre-meeting dinner with the speaker is held at “Asia on the Parkway,” 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia (corner of Ben Franklin Parkway and Cherry St.), a few short blocks from the Academy. Everyone is invited to attend. We meet at 6:00 in the back room of the restaurant; look for us at the long table there.

Pre-meeting Dinner: Asia on the Parkway

After the meeting, we usually adjourn for drinks at Cherry Street Tavern (129 N 22nd St), three blocks from the Academy.

Post-meeting Drinks: Cherry Street Tavern

Upcoming Meetings:

June 04, 2020
June 04, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Speaker: Alan F. Poole

Alan Poole, the premier expert on the Osprey, will present key aspects of the revival of this species, which had been nearly moribund due to DDT exposure.  Poole's new book on this topic will be available for purchase and signing by the author.  
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Past Meetings

May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jason Weckstein

Jason Weckstein, Associate Curator of Birds at our very own Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will enchant us with a presentation that draws from the bird collection, the exact nature of the evening's material to be determined....  Sure to be "cool"!   (Watch this space for more info.)
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May 07, 2020
May 07, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Speaker: Andy Mack

Andy Mack will present an overview of the remarkable avifauna of the eastern half of the huge island in the southwestern pacific known as New Guinea.  He has worked in Papua N.G. for many years and has written a fabulous book about his experiences, called Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea …
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April 16, 2020
April 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Speaker: Matt Halley

Matt Halley, Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences will present a talk about the fascinating research he has been doing in pursuit of his doctoral degree. Watch this space for more information!  
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April 02, 2020
April 02, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Uehling

The contiguous USA was once home to two native parrot species: the Carolina Parakeet and the Thick-billed Parrot. These species are now extinct here. However, over the past century, a diverse set of parrot species has been introduced to the USA via the pet trade, and 25 species have started breeding outside of captivity. This …
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March 19, 2020
March 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: (CANCELLED) Laurie Goodrich

CANCELLED: Since 1934 Hawk Mountain has been monitoring raptor and songbird migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. In this talk, we will highlight discoveries from these long-term data including documenting migration timing and golden eagle flights by Maurice Broun in the early years, to recent exploration of changes in migration timing and numbers. Data on migration …
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March 05, 2020
March 05, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Speaker: Randolph Scott Little

This presentation will trace the history of bird sound recording from the early days of optical soundtracks for talkies during the Great Depression to the modern era of using a smartphone and the internet.  The epicenter of this development in the United States, indeed in the world, was and is at the Laboratory of Ornithology …
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February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

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 …
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February 06, 2020
February 06, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: Scott Burnet

I start off with the biology and a brief history in America of the Chimney Swift. I cover it's historical nesting, and how the colonization of a new nation affected the species. I move on to modern conservation concerns, and eventually to methods to help the species, including (especially) the building of artificial towers as …
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January 23, 2020
January 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner will tour us through the suite of sparrows in the Northeastern U.S. to provide pointers about identification, including voice and behavior.  He is a former wildlife biologist at Fort Indiantown Gap who hails from Harrisburg, PA. He earned his B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation from Juniata College and his M.S. degree in Forest Resources …
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January 09, 2020
January 09, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Bert Filemyr

Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, election of Fellows and Honorary Members, reports by the Treasurer and by the Trustees, and other matters of interest. This meeting, like all meetings …
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December 19, 2019
Annual Members' Photo Night
December 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Linda Widdop

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 …
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