125 years! 1890 - 2015
Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) is the organization for
birders and bird enthusiasts in the Delaware Valley region.
All who have an interest in birds are
invited to attend functions of the DVOC. Click
Here for membership information.
is a major initiative of the DVOC. Click
Here for more information and to donate to this exciting
New Book on DVOC Founder Witmer Stone
Stone’s name is synonymous with the DVOC and Cape May
birding. One of the leading ornithologists of his time, Stone
was also an outstanding botanist and all-around naturalist.
His kindly humor and twinkling eyes are evident in his writings,
which are still read and enjoyed by naturalists today. Yet,
until now, little has been known about the details of his life.
This book "Witmer Stone: The Facination With Nature"
by club member Scott McConnell begins with Stone's boyhood interest
in natural history, which led to his work at the Academy of
Natural Sciences, with the American Ornithologists’ Union,
and in conservation. You’ll follow the development of
his classic Pine Barrens and Cape May books, from the inspirational
spark for each to their appearances in print. Most of all, you’ll
get to know Witmer Stone as a person, the amicable naturalist
whose clever wit and good nature – glimpsed even now between
the lines of his famous books – was well known among his
friends and colleagues.
Further information and ordering information is available at
in 2015 - BirdPhilly
BirdPhilly is a series of birding walks and events in
Philadelphia parks for the 2015 calendar year. This
initiative is a partnership between the Delaware Valley
Ornithological Club and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
The aim of this project is to both cement Philadelphia
as a regional destination for birding and to introduce
birding to newcomers. BirdPhilly will visit well know
birding locations like Pennypack Park and John Heinz
National Wildlife Refuge as well as smaller neighborhood
parks like Hunting Park and Wister Woods. The walks
will be led by members of the Delaware Valley Ornithological
Club and loaner optics will be provided. Philadelphia
Parks and Recreation will provide facilities and promotion
locally around the parks and recreation centers.
All walks are on Saturdays
All walks are for beginner to experienced birders.
All walks are FREE
Binoculars provided if needed
7, 9:00 am - PENNYPACK ON THE DELAWARE (POD), GLEN FOERD,
AND PLEASANT HILL PARK, PHILADELPHIA
The day will begin with a walk at Pennypack on the Delaware
to observe the bald eagle nest, sparrows, and waterfowl. Expected
birds include common goldeneye, canvasback, scaup, great cormorant,
and American tree sparrow. POD has also turned up notable
birds such as long-tailed duck, short-eared owl, and clay-colored
After POD (optional trip), we will travel to Glen Foerd and
Pleasant Hill Park, great spots to look for unusual gulls
such as Iceland and lesser-black backed.
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to
members and non-members.
This is a BirdPhilly Event
Meeting location: The entrance to Pennypack on the Delaware
(Pennypack Path) is on State Road just south of Rhawn St.
We will meet at the gazebo on the river.
Time: 9 am
Contact: Tony Croasdale
February 14-16 (Saturday-Monday) - MONTAUK (LONG ISLAND),
A trip over President's Day weekend for winter finches, eiders,
scoters, alcids and any Eurasian accidentals. Car pool from
N.E. Phila at 6AM. Space is limited due to lodging constraints
– first come, first served! The current plan will be
to rent a house NOT on Shelter Island but instead in either
Montauk or Easthampton.
This is a shared expenses trip open to members and non-members.
The final cost for each participant will be determined by
Leaders: Erica Brendel
and Chris Walters
16 (Monday) - NORTH SHORE PRESIDENT'S DAY TRIP, NJ
Meeting location, timing, and other details to be decided
on at the beginning of February
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Field Trip Leader: Sandra Keller
2015 Field Trip Schedule
mission of this club is the advancement and diffusion of ornithological
The members of this club shall be persons who are interested
in ornithology considered in its widest sense
Each year the DVOC raises money for our Conservation
Fund. Most of the funds are raised as part of the DVOC's
participation in NJ Audubon's World Series of Birding but
other donations are certainly accepted. All funds collected
in a calendar year are distributed
to one or more organizations recommended by the Conservation
Committee and approved by Council. For further information
on donating -
can quickly and easily make a donation using PayPal. Click the
"Donate" button below to do this. If you have a Paypal
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of the page that appears after you click the "Donate"
DVOC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible.
Delaware Valley Ornithological Club
c/o Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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