2020 Meetings:

January 09, 2020
Annual Members' Meeting
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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January 23, 2020
Illuminating Sparrows of the Northeast: Brightening a Drab Stereotype
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
The Chimney Swift: America's Mystery Bird
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
What the 'Insect Apocalypse' Means for You, Your Yard & the Birds
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
The History of Bird Sound Recording at Cornell
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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March 19, 2020
CANCELLED: Eighty-five Years and Counting: Discoveries about Migration & Raptors from Hawk Mountain
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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April 02, 2020
CANCELLED: Naturalized Parrots in the U.S.A.
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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April 16, 2020
CANCELLED: Thrush-Tanagers: Mysteries and Discoveries
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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May 07, 2020
CANCELLED: The Birds of Papua New Guinea
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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May 21, 2020
CANCELLED: Cool Things from the Bird Collection....
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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June 04, 2020
CANCELLED: Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor
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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July 09, 2020
Virtual Meeting: "A Black Birder Talks Birding & Environmental Advocacy"
July 09, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Tykee James

First, Tykee will talk about his own experiences as a young, Black birder in Philly.  Second, he will reflect on key takeaways and other aspects of the recent, international #BlackBirdersWeek events.  Third, he will comment on birders' potential power and effectiveness as "the best hope for environmental advocacy."  Finally, he will take questions & comments, …
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September 17, 2020
James Bond, The Birds of the West Indies, and Beyond
September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jim Wright

NOTE that this will be a virtual meeting via ZOOM. Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsceCrrjooGNwQmpNUB_74oL2A6VIkWmI2 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Presentation: With the latest 007 movie expected later this Fall, Jim Wright,  the author of “The Real James Bond,” will give an illustrated …
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October 01, 2020
The Cassatt Preserve:  The Headwaters of Birding at the YMCA
October 01, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Quindlen

THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING via ZOOM Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0odOyrrD4tGdWJC8thewI9r38xGYwpY9ec After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Presentation: The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pennsylvania is unlike most other YMCAs. It is situated on a 54-acre campus in the suburbs of Philadelphia. …
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October 15, 2020
Eighty-five Years and Counting: Discoveries about Migration & Raptors from Hawk Mountain
October 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Laurie Goodrich

This DVOC Virtual Event will be a Zoom meeting.  To participate, you must register in advance here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc--hrzkqHtYkuY0yFByrCIjlNlAR7P9J After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Brief Description: Since 1934, Hawk Mountain has been monitoring raptor and songbird migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. In this talk, we will …
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November 05, 2020
Aotearoa--New Zealand, Land of Birds
November 05, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Lindee

THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING, SO YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO PARTICIPATE! Register in advance here" https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcOquqTosGN1uWKIqxL4dNCIPqW-MaZIE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ************************************ (with photos by Imogen Warren)      There are now 57 known species of extinct New Zealand birds, who disappeared either before …
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November 19, 2020
From Zero to 9400--a Life of Birding
November 19, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Speaker: Peter Kaestner

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION BY THIS YEAR'S BANQUET SPEAKER.  YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, SO PLEASE GO HERE: Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpf-GupjIvGNxwIeHXPluwmeG63sjP2e8w After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, and you may also receive something interesting via snail mail!  NOTE THE EARLY START-TIME …
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December 03, 2020
Naturalized Parrots in the U.S.A.
December 03, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Uehling

SPEAKER:  Jennifer Uehling THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING, SO YOU MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE:     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 …
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December 17, 2020
Members' Photo Night and Contest
December 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Speaker: Steve Mattan

THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT FOR WHICH YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE: Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcOuprTMtE9NwTVwXthkpPy68mBMKU5un After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   *************************************************************************************************** Here is all the information you should need in order to understand and, hopefully, enter this year's Photo Contest! …
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