Save the FDR Meadow

PennEnvironment has picked up on the plan to convert FDR Park’s beloved meadow area to astroturf ball fields. Please sign on against this using this link.

Protect Volunteers Who Steward Parks

Representatives of any Friends groups, conservation, hiking organizations, etc. – within PA, not just Philly – please sign in support of HB 1694 to help protect the volunteers who steward our parks from merit-less lawsuits here.

Feral Cat Removal

Please let City Council members Bobby Henon and Mark Squilla and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott-Lovell know that you support the enforcement of PPR’s policy against the feeding and sheltering of outdoor cats in general, and at Pleasant Hill Park in particular as there has been pushback against the removal of the feral cat colony there. Feral cats are not only the greatest human-caused source of direct mortality …

Say No to Sticky Tape

As we’re beginning to see the spotted lanternfly nymphs again, we have put together this flyer illustrating why NOT to use the sticky tape traps to combat these pests, and a website giving more info and some management options. Please share this flyer with family, friends, and neighbors and on social media.

Fifteenth Annual DOS Delaware Bird-a-Thon

The Fifteenth Annual Delaware Bird-a-Thon will run from May 1 through May 9, 2021. The DOS is sponsoring individual and team competitive categories, and numerous field trips with the goal of raising $50.000 toward a specific habitat protection goal, the Fortner Property in New Castle County, Delaware, which supports a growing population of Sandhill Cranes! Details are posted on the …

Protection of Delaware’s Misapillion Harbor

A 15-year conservation effort has secured an essential stopover for migrating birds, including the imperiled Red Knot

Bob Billings Big Year Winner

DVOC congratulates Victoria Sindlinger and Debbie Beer, who tied to win the 2020 Bob Billings Big Year award. Tori and Debbie each saw an impressive 272 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2020, in spite of all the restrictions due to Covid (e.g. no pelagic trips)! The award will be presented to Tori and Debbie at the …

Passing of a Member – Barbara Granger

It is with great sadness we report the passing of DVOC member Barbara Granger. Barbara joined the club in 2009 and was a Life Member and a Fellow. She was active in many club roles over the years particularly arranging several of our annual banquets. Funeral services are set for February 14, 1:00 pm on Zoom. Please email for the …

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill ChallengeFebruary 12, 13, 14,&15, 2021 Participate in the GBBC Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Challenge! Here is how to participate: Visit either or both cemetery locations to bird watch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday over Presidents Weekend Come as often as you would like to bird during the hours that the cemetery …

2021 Officers, Councilors, and Fellows

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 7 2021 meeting are as follows: Officers (for 1-year terms) President: Linda WiddopVice President: Gregg GortonSecretary: Barbara BassettTreasurer: Martin Dellwo Councilors-at-Large (for 3-year terms) Linda TimlinMike Walter DVOC congratulates the elected officers and …