Starting September 15th, in-person meetings will resume at the Academy of Natural Sciences. We will be following Covid guidance as required by ANS and the city of Philadelphia. This will be a fluid situation and updated as required. Currently, masks are strongly recommended in indoor public settings. If you are not feeling well, please do not attend in person. There …

Passing of a Member – Ruth Pfeffer

It is with great sadness we report the passing of DVOC member Ruth Pfeffer early last week. Ruth joined the DVOC in 1993 and was active in our club and other local birding organizations for many years. Read the online obituary Note that there is a service on Thursday, June 16th and a Celebration of Life on August 20th.

Raven LunaChicks 2022 World Series of Birding

On Saturday, May 14, the “Raven LunaChicks” all-women team of 4 DVOC friends competed in the 39th annual World Series of Birding. The WSB is an annual fundraising competition to determine which team can see/hear the most birds in 24 hours in New Jersey while supporting bird conservation. We competed as a level 1 state-wide team, birding from midnight to …

World Series of Birding

“The Raven LunaChicks” are an all-women team of 4 friends competing in the World Series of Birding (WSB) on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The WSB is an annual fundraiser/competition/challenge to determine which team can see the most birds in a 24-hour period in New Jersey while supporting bird conservation. We are competing as a level 1 state-wide team, and our …

Black Birders Week 2022

Black Birders Week is back again this year from May 29 – June 4. Check out all the social media events on the Black AF in STEM events page. This year the Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting an in-person event in connection with Black Birders Week on May 28th: Black Excellence in Birding. “Meet some of Philadelphia’s most well-known …

Memorial Service for Al Driscoll

A memorial service for Al Driscoll will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 25th at the Moorestown Friends Meeting House, 118 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057. You can also join online at

Passing of a Member – Frank Windfelder

It is with great sadness we report the passing of DVOC member Frank Windfelder on Wednesday 4/13/22. Frank joined the DVOC in 1971. He was a Fellow and a Life Member. He served the DVOC in many roles including President. Frank was truly a legend. Online Obituary and Funeral Arrangement:

Birding Backpacks

Get a 3-week loan of a ‘Birding Backpack’ which includes binoculars, a field guide to birds, and a park map from one of the participating Philadelphia Free Libraries. See the attached flyer for more details including a list of participating libraries.

Bob Billings Big Year Winner 2021

DVOC congratulates Brian “BQ” Quindlen, the winner of the 2021 Bob Billings Big Year award. BQ saw an impressive 257 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2021, in spite of all the restrictions due to Covid-19 (restricted travel, no pelagic trips, etc.)! His total included a Heermann’s Gull, a species never before sighted during the 11-year history …

Results of the election of officers and councilors

The election of DVOC officers and councilors is held each year at the “Annual Members’ Meeting” each January. The results of the election held at the January 6 2022 meeting are as follows: Officers (for 1-year terms): President: Gregg GortonVice President: Barbara BassettSecretary: Navin SasikumarTreasurer: Martin Dellwo Councilors-at-Large (for 3-year terms): Victoria SindlingerPatrick McGill DVOC congratulates the elected officers and …