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:

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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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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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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March 05, 2020
March 05, 2020 @ 12:00 am

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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Past Meetings

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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December 05, 2019
Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season
December 05, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Roger Pasquier

Birds in Winter is the first book devoted to the ecology and behavior of birds during the most challenging season of the year, when every bird’s focus is on survival. Winter may for many birds have had the greatest influence on their evolution and adaptations, from anatomy to migration. Winter affects not only the birds …
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November 07, 2019
November 07, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Larry Niles

Larry Niles will present the latest information on Red Knot conservation efforts. He will also present information on ways that citizen science can help this endangered species.
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October 17, 2019
San Diego and the Salton Sea
October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Cliff Hence

The Salton Sea is California’s largest inland body of water and has become a prime birding spot in southern California, despite some very unusual conditions there. The ‘Sea’ is 235 feet below sea level and about 10 times as salty as the ocean. It was created in the 1905 when a 40-mile canal used to …
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October 03, 2019
Bird Song - A framework to study the neurobiology of courtship behavior in songbirds
October 03, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Marc Schmidt

Professor Marc Schmidt will describe work in his laboratory that uses songbirds to study the neural bases of vocal production and sensorimotor integration. Courtship is complex and is influenced by many factors including social context, hormone levels, and environmental stimuli. The specific neural circuits that underlie the regulation of this suite of behaviors is poorly …
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September 25, 2019
DVOC/Wyncote Audubon Special Program (1 of 2) - Birds and Birding in the Holy Land with Jonathan Meyrav
September 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Jonathan Meyrav

Regardless of its small size Israel has one of the highest diversity of birds and wildlife in the world. Israel forms the land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and twice a year millions of migrants pass through the country. Join us and hear about the birds, nature and wildlife of Israel and the conservation …
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September 25, 2019
DVOC/Wyncote Audubon Special Program (2 of 2) - Israel - Where Migration is Defined with Jonathan Meyrav
September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jonathan Meyrav

Israel is well known as one of the best places in the world to witness and truly experience bird migration. Millions of migrants from hundreds of species pass through Israel twice a year, making it one of the world's busiest and most impressive flyways. Join us and hear about the amazing birds of Israel and …
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September 19, 2019
Galápagos Islands Voyage
September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Barb Bassett

In 2018, Barb Bassett spent ten days in Ecuador, mostly in the Galápagos Islands aboard the M/V Evolution on a Victor Emanuel Nature Tour. The Galápagos Islands are truly one of the most unique places on earth. Lying 600 miles off mainland Ecuador, the remoteness of the islands has given life here the chance to …
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August 03, 2019
August 03, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Anita and Paul Guris

The DVOC Birder’s Picnic has been an annual event for many years, some more official than others. Anita and Paul Guris are hosting again this year at their fabulous property in Green Lane PA. We’ll provide Beer, Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Mixed Punch, Ice. Ice Cream too! We will also provide paper products and condiments. …
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June 06, 2019
Birds Among the Modern and Ancient Maya
June 06, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Rob Fergus

How did the Turkey Vulture get its red head? Which bird did the Ancient Mayan creator god transform into in order to bring messages to people? Which bird eggs have magical powers among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico? What bird warns Lacandon Maya farmers if a dangerous snake may be nearby? What messages do …
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