Migratory Bird Treaty Act Under Threat

A reminder to voice your objection to the F&WS plan to gut the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by codifying the removal of penalties against industries for “accidental take” of birds into law. See summary below:https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/200605MBTA.php*Submit your comments by July 20* at the following link (reference Option B):https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090-8411

2020 Philadelphia Mid-winter Bird Census Report

The 2020 Philadelphia Mid-winter Bird Census Report is now available here. Ninety-nine participants in 37 parties took part in the 2020 census, recording 109 species and 28,382 individual birds.

LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS, NJ

Important: Participants MUST sign up by Wednesday, May 8. Please provide Bob Horton with your full name, drivers license number and state, and date of birth. To grant access to the base, the military needs this information in advance of our trip. NOTE: This trip may be canceled based on restrictions due to COVID-19. The grasslands here are the best …

Bombay Hook Christmas Count 2019

Club member Andy Ednie has provided us with these three files related to the most recent Bombay Hook Christmas CountReporthttps://mcusercontent.com/258b7d1caa6e9161aa8c3924a/files/b8e61598-e27e-423c-8a24-6a1b41a07c36/BBCC_2019_1.pdf Fact sheethttps://mcusercontent.com/258b7d1caa6e9161aa8c3924a/files/71b65690-7a59-470a-bb81-bb5243d2254f/BBCC_2019_2.pdf Datahttps://mcusercontent.com/258b7d1caa6e9161aa8c3924a/files/21d36fbe-d7d3-4b06-bdd7-db3462066340/BBCC_2019_3.pdf

Bob Billings Big Year Winner

DVOC congratulates Barb Bassett, the winner of the 2019 Bob Billings Big Year award. Barb saw 290 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2019, almost all of them in New Jersey! The award will be presented to Barb at a future DVOC meeting, with members of Bob Billings’s family present, and Barb will give us a brief talk about …

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 …