Meetings 2016

April 7, 2016
April 21, 2016
  • Lisa Kiziuk - "Conservation Gone Wild! Boost Biodiversity While Building Healthier Communities"

    April 21, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

    Land preservation has often been thought of as protecting land from people, but now the conservation movement is embracing a different view-protecting land with and forpeople. As a result, innovative programs, such as WCT's Bird Conservation Program and the Community Agriculture Program have been developed to bridge the gap between the wild things and the needs of people, thereby facilitating land conservation. Land Trusts are in a unique position to build meaningful connections between people and land. You will learn how Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) has successfully developed gateways to conservation that are consistently reaching and inspiring new audiences in a more effective manner.

    Lisa Kiziuk is Director of Bird Conservation at the Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT). As a federally licensed bird bander, she operates the Rushton Woods Bird Banding Station, which includes a migratory passerine program, a MAPS program, and a Northern Saw-whet Owl program. In addition to her education initiatives at WCT, Lisa is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in their graduate program of Environmental Science and frequently serves as a guest lecturer for local universities, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. Lisa has a Masters in Environmental Studies from UPenn and was presented with the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club in 2011 for her work in bird conservation.

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May 5, 2016
May 19, 2016
  • Ann Reeves - "Birding Honduras"

    May 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

    This meeting is being held on the fourth Thursday of the month, not the normal third Thursday of the month.

    I've been birding seriously since 2010 and a DVOC member since 2012. In this time I've made many new friends and have gone on great birding adventures. In March of 2016 over fifteen DVOC members will be going to Honduras, staying at the renowned Lodge at Pico Bonito. I'll talk about some of the history of the lodge and the ruins of Honduras, and the great wild life. March is nesting season! The birds will be epic! People that have been there before have said that it's not only the birds that make this place special, but the reptiles and mammals are extraordinary, and the flora is breathtaking. Honduras has such a wide array of habitats, the possibilities of what we can see are endless. Come and enjoy some great stories and photos of this Central American gem.

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June 2, 2016
  • "Kashi" Davis - "Hurricanes and Beach Nesting Birds - More Than Meets the Eye"

    June 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

    Christina "Kashi" Davis grew up in rural southwestern New Jersey with a dream to escape small town living. She worked for the National Park Service, National Forest Service and for academic institutions in California, Alaska and Virginia but a funny thing happened on her way to the gypsy life -- she realized just how much she loved New Jersey (I know, right?!). She circled back home and made her way through the state's seasonal job offerings - State Park Service, New Jersey Audubon and The Nature Conservancy. While working for TNC in 2001 she encountered Piping Plovers and it was like a light flipped. The following year she started working for NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program where she has been happily ensconced ever since. Her responsibilities include non-raptor coastal birds (beach nesting, long-legged waders, gulls, terns, seabirds, secretive marsh birds) which has given her a keen interest in how sea-level rise and climate change impact these species. She has her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and her master's degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.

    She lives with her husband, Glen, and their two bunnies in Cape May Point, arguably the textbook example of small town living (funny how life works like that). She still has the travel bug, though, and she and Glen take trips near and far whenever they can, enjoying vacations throughout the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the south seas (in fact, she first met George Armistead as their Stewart Island ferries in New Zealand crossed paths). She is an avid runner and keeps a "run list" of birds she has seen/heard on runs. Her favorite bird on the list is an "albatross spp". and her nemesis bird is a Virgina Rail.

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July 23, 2016
  • Annual Picnic

    July 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    1604 Woodland Rd, Green Lane, PA 18054, USA

    Call 215-234-8557 or email

    Bring FOOD: for yourself to eat, and a dish for sharing. Please bring cold salads, or foods that can be served at outdoor temps safely. Please, contact your hosts before July 5th if
    you have questions about what to bring. A Grill will be available!

    We will also provide: Seating, shade, ice, beer, wine, alcoholic punch, water, paper products, serving ware, fire pit for evening fun, and outdoor games

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September 7, 2016
  • Cassinia Board Meeting

    September 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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September 15, 2016
  • Matthew Halley: Thomas Jefferson - Birder in Chief

    September 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Thomas Jefferson published a tally of 125 bird species in his Notes on the State of Virginia (1784), now considered to be the first American bird “checklist.” A trove of unpublished documents from Jefferson’s preparation of this work shed new light on the extent of his ornithological knowledge and astute observation skills. Matthew Halley will lead us through the timeline of Jefferson's career, with special focus on his contributions to ornithology, interactions with Bartram and Alexander Wilson, and new species described by the Corps of Discovery.

    SPEAKER: Matthew R. Halley is a doctoral researcher and historian at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, where he studies of the evolutionary biology and systematics of American birds. He is the editor of the DVOC and its historic journalCassinia. Halley has conducted field research in seven countries and authored numerous scientific papers on the social evolution and behavior of wild birds, especially thrushes.

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October 6, 2016
  • Linda Widdop: Frontiers in Pennsylvania - Birding Potter, Cameron and Clinton counties

    October 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Are you addicted to warblers and other passerines that migrate through our area in spring only to disappear after a few short weeks? Some of those birds are headed to nesting sites in Potter and Cameron Counties just 5 hours northwest of Philadelphia. A trip to the north/central part of Pennsylvania reveals a completely different land of mountains, forests, streams and lakes where you can find birds, bears, mink and elk (yes, elk). I have been visiting our family cabin located in Wharton PA for over 20 years and will provide information about birding locations, wildlife viewing, star gazing and world renowned hiking trails in this talk about “God’s Country”.

    SPEAKER: Linda Widdop
    I have been actively birding for 20 years. I have traveled nationally and globally birding which is great fun but spend most of my time birding the DVOC area (mainly with my dog and friends). I love bird photography and carry the camera with me all the time.

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October 20, 2016
  • Fall Social Let’s Go Birdering! Yes, Birdering…

    October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

    Starting early at 7:00pm, we'll join forces with Wyncote Audubon for a fall social, where we’ll get together to grab some grub, a beer and gab about what birds are around. We already do lots of birding, so it's take time for some birdering, and just hang out and shoot the breeze. Come see your friends and make some new ones!

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November 3, 2016
November 17, 2016

    November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Sheet Metal Workers International Association, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

    Speaker: Katie Fallon
    "Coffee, Coal, and Cooperation: Saving the Cerulean Warbler”
    The cerulean warbler is one of the fastest-declining Neotropical migratory songbirds; since 1966 its population has declined by approximately 3% per year. In addition to discussing the challenges ceruleans face during the breeding and non-breeding seasons, this presentation will discuss some of the biology and natural history of cerulean warblers. How does the male cerulean woo the female? Who builds the nest, and how do they choose a nest location? How many young do they have, and how do they raise them? Once young cerulean warblers leave their nests and begin finding food on their own, where do they go? And what might they encounter on the way? We will also discuss tips for finding and identifying cerulean warblers while birding, as well as the ways that we can help conserve cerulean warblers.

    Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, November 2011).  A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, Katie has also been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. Her first word was “bird”, and she is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through scientific research; outreach and public education; and rescue and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, WV, and each year treats approximately 150 injured wild birds. In addition to birding, Katie enjoys hiking, canoeing, yoga, and wine. She lives in Cheat Neck, WV, with her daughter Laurel, husband Jesse, and dog Liza Jane.

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December 1, 2016
  • Dr. David Hewitt: Cities aren't like Ecosystems, Cities are Ecosystems

    December 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    David Hewitt taught ecology to City & Regional Planning
    students at Penn, and this talk is his "lessons learned" from that
    experience: about how and why one should understand cities as
    ecosystems—not as a metaphor, not as a stretch of the imagination, but
    simply and clearly as ecosystems governed by ecological principles,
    just as other kinds of ecosystems are.

    Speaker: Dr. David Hewitt
    "David Hewitt has been working with plants, animals, soils and water
     for more than twenty years, starting when he began working on small
     farms in upstate New York.  Currently, he serves in a variety of roles
     at local institutions, including the Wagner Free Institute of Science;
     he is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a research
     associate in the Department of Botany at the Academy of Natural
     Sciences.  He served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
     in Washington, DC, working in agricultural policy. His current
     research focuses on urban parkland ecology and management, and related
     public health issues.  He has also worked on botanical surveys,
     mycological studies, and the history of botany.  David has B.A. in
     biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the
     Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard

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December 15, 2016