Bob Billings Big Year Award

Please send in your 2022 bird checklistsThe 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 2022 checklists to Billings committee chair Art McMorris (mcmorris AT mac …

Results of the 2022 Photo Contest

Congratulations to all participants and especially the winners. Thanks to Steve Mattan who hosted and to the judges – Linda Timlin, Cliff Hence, and Navin Sasikumar. See all the winning photos here Birds1 – Kevin Berkoff – Violet-capped Woodnymph2 – Linda Widdop – Don’t Fence Me In3 – Judy Stepenaskie – I’m singing my heart out for you, Baby Honorable Mention …

2022 Philadelphia Mid-winter Bird Census Report

The 36th annual Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census (PMWBC) was held on Saturday January 8, 2022. Ninety participants took part in the 2022 census, recording 108 species and 44,584 individual birds. The 2022 Philadelphia Mid-winter Bird Census Report is now available here (PDF).

2022 Annual Banquet

November 17th Congratulations to Lauren Diamond for putting together such a memorable event. Around 60 people registered for the first in-person Annual Banquet since the start of the pandemic. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the good food and camaraderie. Call to Order: President Gregg Gorton 8:00 pm – Gregg welcomed all to the banquet and introduced the officers …

Passing of a Member – Donald “Don” Jones

It is with sadness we report the passing of our fellow member Donald “Don” Jones. Don’s wife, Jayne, reports that Don passed in peace yesterday (11/24/22), with all his family near him (since Saturday).   Jayne asks that donations be made in his name to the https://wctrust.org/ways-to-give/ – RUSHTON WOODS BANDING PROJECT (Doris McGovern’s project). Don joined the DVOC in 1982 and was a …

An opportunity for birders to voice their concerns about the FDR Master Plan

From Conservation Chair, Anne Bekker: On Wednesday, Oct 26, 4 pm, the Academy Of Natural Sciences is hosting a zoom with Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Chief Projects Officer and the author of FDR Park’s Master Plan, Allison Schapker, through the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast . I hope that the DVOC will be well-represented at this discussion. Register here.

Seeking Nominations for Witmer Stone Award

The Witmer Stone Award Committee seeks nominees for its annual award, given to one or more members “for the best publication which embodies the results of ornithological research not undertaken in the course of professional duties.”  Please note that past winners have authored books, articles, on-line columns, checklists, area birding guides, and even interpretive signs. Please email your nomination to …

Conservation Committee seeks nominations for the Rosalie Edge Award

The Conservation Committee is seeking nominations for the Rosalie Edge Award, to be issued at this year’s banquet to “one or more [DVOC] non-members, not necessarily a part of the birding community, in recognition of work done that has made a significant contribution to the conservation of the environment.”Please send your nominations, with a brief write-up about your candidate, to Anne Bekker …

IN-PERSON MEETINGS ARE BACK!!

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.