Please send in your 2019 bird checklists

The DVOC member who saw the most bird species in the DVOC program area during the calendar year is crowned the winner of the BOB BILLINGS BIG YEAR AWARD! The prize: $200 and bragging rights! All members are urged to send in their 2019 checklists to Billings committee chair Art McMorris (mcmorris AT mac DOT com) by Jan. 31. No advance …

Passing of a Member – Barbara Haas

It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Barbara Haas today, January 8, 2020, after a brief illness.Her husband and fellow club member, Frank Haas is planning a memorial service in a few weeks.  Barb joined the DVOC in 1983 and was a life member. She was designated both a Fellow and a DEVOC. She served the …

Results of the Members’ Photography Contest

Birds Category 1st Place – Marty Dellwo – “Got any worms?” – Chestnut-crowned Antpitta 2nd Place – Bradford Whitman – “Irresistible” – Lilac-breasted Roller Honorable Mention – Debbie Waxler – “Check this out ladies” – Victoria’s Riflebird Fauna Category 1st Place – Barb Bassett – “I’ll scratch your back, if he scratches mine” – Galapagos Marine Iguana 2nd Place – …

Banquet 2019 Recap

Congratulations to the Lauren Diamond and the 2019 Banquet Committee for putting together such a memorable event. The major DVOC awards presented were: Witmer Stone Award: Matt Halley for this paper https://bioone.org/journals/Bulletin-of-the-British-Ornithologists-Club/volume-139/issue-3/bboc.v139i3.2019.a6/The-misidentification-of-Turdus-ustulatus-Nuttall-and-the-names-of/10.25226/bboc.v139i3.2019.a6.full Julian Potter Award: Samuel Orr (posthumously) for a lifetime of field work. Sam was a renowned raptor bander. He started banding 45 years ago under Johnny Miller, his best friend. He spent 40 seasons …

Passing of a DVOC Member – Bill Stewart

It is with sadness we report the passing of member Bill Stewart on Tuesday November 12, 2019Previous to becoming a DVOC member, Bill was the recipient of the 2014 Rosalie Edge Conservation Award in recognition of his ongoing conservation efforts in Delaware An article on his passing appeared in USA Todayhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2019/11/14/delawareans-mourn-loss-avid-birder-conservationist-and-coach-bill-stewart/4177745002/?fbclid=IwAR3IL9fdzl5GLk3nFFUDpf213Dzx_xFVSHe6NLKi2oFWJRoeaWNi67CrDWE Holly Merker wrote the following on PABirds“Many of you …

A Message From Tony Croasdale – BirdPhilly Chairperson

Hello, DVOC members, as chair of the BirdPhilly Committee, I am looking for leaders to guide field trips in Philadelphia. I am looking to put together a calendar of events for 2020. Anywhere you want to lead a walk within the city limits of these cities is great, however I am providing a list a places that I think could …

Passing of a Member – Ron French

It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Ron French today September 18, 2019 Ron joined the DVOC in 1985 and was a life member and fellow. Ron served the DVOC in many capacities including President of the club in 2000 and 2001. August Mirabella writes:All,Sadly, I was again asked to share that one of our well …

Passing of a Member – Emmerson Bowes

It is with sadness that we report the passing of DVOC Member Emmerson Bowes on Sunday September 15, 2019. Emmerson joined the DVOC in 1962 and was a life member and fellow. Emmerson was responsible for creating the DVOC presence on the web and was the DVOC webmaster for many years.

Survey on Bird Conservation Behavior

Dr. Terry Rich is a life-long birder and professional ornithologist and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Boise State University. His research is focused on how birders contribute to bird conservation and the results will be used to improve public policies for bird conservation. He is asking DVOC members to complete an online survey so that he …