Celebrating 125 years! 1890 - 2015
The 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.

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Tonight's DVOC meeting (3/5/15) has been cancelled due to the continuing winter storm.

The DVOC congratulates Marty Dellwo, the winner of the 2014 Bob Billings Big Year Award. Marty saw 307 species of birds in the DVOC program area in 2014 - quite an accomplishment! Marty will tell us about his big year adventure, and will be presented with the award, at the April 2 (note change of date) DVOC meeting. Don’t miss it!

Next Meeting:
(Cancelled) Thursday March 5, 2015 7:30 pm
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Directions to the Meeting
Directions to the informal pre-meeting dinner and the informal post-meeting gathering

Dan Small - "Native Grassland Restoration and Bird Studies at the Chester River Field Research Station"

Review of the 15 year effort to restore, monitor and manage a warm season grassland on the upper Eastern shore. Highlight our research, monitoring and banding efforts involving breeding grassland birds including Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite and most recently Field Sparrows.

Dan Small is a field ecologist for the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College located on the eastern shore of Maryland. The land-based research arm of CES, the Chester River Field Research Station conducts research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station, Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory. During the summer months, he can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying all aspects of Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel breeding ecology as part of a long-term demographic study. Prior to settling in Maryland he traveled widely from Alaska to Tobago living the life of an itinerant field biologist enjoying the different parts of the world and of course birding as much as possible. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.




Save These Dates
Saturday June 20 - DVOC Picnic
Saturday October 10 - 125th Anniversary Gala



Full 2015 Meeting Schedule


Next Field Trips:

New in 2015 - BirdPhilly
BirdPhilly is a series of birding walks and events in Philadelphia parks for the 2015 calendar year. For further information go to the BirdPhilly website.

March 7 (Saturday) - Salem County (NJ) marshes.
This is the habitat for most of New Jersey's Bald Eagles, but we'll tour the generally under-birded area for wintering waterfowl and possible Sandhill Cranes. Probable stops could include Mannington Meadow; Supawna Meadows NWR; PSEG Estuary Enhancement site in Elsinboro; Mad Horse Creek WMA; or Canton Drain.
Weather-wise, snow ice, or a downpour would cause cancellation, which would be posted at www.salemcountybirding.org by 7:00 AM on the morning of the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Leaders: Sandra Keller, Jack Mahon
Meet at Wawa market, intersection of US Route 40 & NJ Route 45, west of Woodstown at 9:00 AM.
Click Here for a Google map to the meeting place for this trip

A morning walk will be held at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for those who wish to make a full day of birding in Southwest Philadelphia. This is a great time of year to observe the bald eagle nest as well as abundant waterfowl and sparrows. A great horned owl nest is often viewable at this time of year and often American bittern can be seen as well.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
This is a BirdPhilly event
Meeting Location: 8601 Lindberg Boulevard. Philadelphia, PA 19153
Time: 10 am
Contact: Tony Croasdale

Historic Fort Mifflin is the best place to view the Delaware River south of Center City. We will look for waterfowl such as common loons and diving ducks.
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members.
This is a BirdPhilly event
Meeting Location: 82 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Meeting Time: 2:00pm
Contact: Tony Croasdale

We will time our visit an hour before sunset to meet at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Cusano Visitor Center to walk across the berm into the City of Philadelphia’s adjacent Eastwick property. This area of wet old fields is a great place to observe the flight displays of American woodcock at dusk.
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members.
This is a BirdPhilly event
Meeting Location: 8601 Lindberg Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Meeting Time: 6:00 pm
Contact: Tony Croasdale


Full 2015 Field Trip Schedule















(2/28/15) Constitution and By-Laws
(2/28/15) Carolyn Friedman Peronal Page (new member)
(2/23/15) 75th Bombay Hook Christmas Count Summary
(2/23/15) 75th Bombay Hook Christmas Count Species List
(2/19/15) North Shore Field Trip Report
(2/17/15) Minutes of the February 5, 2015 Meeting
(2/7/15) Robert Horgan Personal Page (new member)
(2/7/15) Sally Creighton Personal Page (new member)
(2/7/15) Karen Schwager Personal Page (new member)
(2/3/15) Minutes of the January 22, 2015 Meeting
(1/29/15) Black-tailed Godwit at Tinicum by Gregg Gorton
(1/23/15) Minutes of the January 8, 2015 Meeting
(1/19/15) Cape May Field Trip Report
(1/10/15) Report of the 125th Annual Members Meeting
(1/10/15) From the Archives: Spencer Trotter
(1/8/15) Minutes of the December 18, 2014 Meeting
(12/28/14) Sasha Freeman Personal Page (new member)
(12/21/14) Barb Bassett Personal Page (new member)
(12/21/14) Andrew Curtis Personal Page (new member)
(12/21/14) Jerry Haag Personal Page (new member)
(12/21/14) Don Perelman Personal Page (new member)
(12/21/14) Jeffery Alampi Personal Page (new member)
(12/13/14) Bill Stewart Personal Page (new member)
(12/9/14) Minutes of the October 16, 2014 Meeting



From the DVOC Constitution/By-Laws:
•The mission of this club is the advancement and diffusion of ornithological knowledge.
•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 -

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The DVOC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible.


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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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