2014 Banquet - Thursday November 20th
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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.

Next Meeting:
Thursday September 18, 2014 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

Rob Hynson - "Birding Down Under"

Australia is a lucky country. With deserts, beautiful coasts, rain forests, grasslands and deep ocean, the continent provides a large diversity of habitats and bird life. From deep sea pelagic birding trips to the urban centers, opportunities for birding and exploration abound. When early settlers sent their collections of specimens back to Britain, many specimens were branded as hoaxes, such were the oddities of evolution to be found in the Australian frontier. Over two thirds of world's seabird species have been recorded in Australian waters, and the country boasts the longest banding project of seabirds captured at-sea. These features secure Australia's place as the seabird capital of the world..

Rob Hynson grew up in London and started birding when he was about eight years old, after being inspired by birder and actor Bill Oddie of the TV series "The Goodies." After completing an undergraduate degree in London, Rob moved to St Andrews to play golf every day and work on his PhD in Biochemistry. After completing his PhD, he moved to Philadelphia to take up a post-doctoral position at Drexel University. There, Rob soon found the DVOC and joined the ranks of the club, with some special focus working on the DVOC Checklist Committee. While in Philadelphia, Rob also met his wife Carolyn MacCann, an Australian researcher, who was working as a postdoctoral fellow in psychology. Inevitably, Philadelphia's loss was Australia's gain, and Rob moved to Sydney with Carolyn, where they were we'd in 2011. The couple still resides in the Sydney area along with their son Ben. Rob has birded throughout most of Britain and a fair amount of the US from North Carolina to Maine on the East Coast as well as southern California and Michigan. Rob has visited much of the Australian continent and many of its islands. He has also birded in Japan, Antarctica and Argentina. While living in Australia, Rob discovered the camera and became as much a photographer as a birder. His photos can be seen on PBase:http://www.pbase.com/rob_hynson

Next Field Trips:

Annual joint WAS / DVOC field trip to chimney swift roost will be held this year at the Shawmont School, 535 Shawmont Avenue, in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.
Coordinates: 40.051030, -75,238843
Arrive 6:45 PM in parking lot behind school. Bring a chair.
Hard rain cancels.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Jane Henderson

DVOC continues it's longtime tradition of visiting Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl Banding Station during the peak of Saw-whet migration. During this popular field trip, we'll get an opportunity to observe and learn from the experts, how banding Saw-whet Owls has revealed myriad information about the lives of these small birds-of-prey. Bring cameras and snacks, for an enjoyable evening! Saw-whet Owl numbers are cyclical, and each year varies. There are no guarantees, but we've seen at least one bird every year except once. Meet at the banding station at 6:30 PM, located along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain in Schuylkill County - approximately 2 hours from Philadelphia. Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants - registration required. Contact Debbie Beer, debbeer(at)hotmail.com, 610-955-4098. Provide name(s) in your party and cell phone number. First come, first served. There is often a waiting list; please make sure you show if you register. This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer


Full 2014 Field Trip Schedule














(9/13/14) Diane McNamara Personal Page (new member)
(9/2/14) Stone Harbor Field Trip Report
(7/3/14) Mac Gallagher Personal Page (new member)
(7/3/14) Dorothy Downie Personal Page (new member)
(7/2/14) 2014 Mid-Winter Census Report
(6/19/14) Lakehurst Field Trip Report
(5/21/14) Minutes of the May 1, 2014 Meeting
(5/21/14) Minutes of the March 6, 2014 Meeting
(5/21/14) Minutes of the March 20, 2014 Meeting
(5/21/14) Minutes of the May 15, 2014 Meeting
(5/19/14) Brandywine SP Field Trip Report
(5/14/14) Minutes of the April 3, 2014 Meeting
(5/14/14) Minutes of the April 25, 2014 Meeting
(5/14/14) Gloucester County Field Trip Report
(4/19/14) Matthew Halley Personal Page (new member)
(4/10/14) Sophie Vining Personal Page (new member)
(4/2/14) Jennifer Cross Personal Page (new member)
(4/2/14) Kim Sheridan Personal Page (new member)
(3/7/14) Rick Wright Personal Page (new member)
(3/7/14) Lee Graves Personal Page (new member)
(3/5/14) Minutes of the February 20, 2014 Meeting
(3/3/14) Minutes of the February 6, 2014 Meeting
(2/27/14) Indian River Inlet Field Trip Report
(2/23/14) North Shore Field Trip Report
(2/16/14) Howard Sweetman Personal Page (new member)
(2/10/14) Colleen McCubbin Stepanic Personal Page (new member)
(2/9/14) Bombay Hook Christmas Count Results
(2/3/14) Montauk Field Trip Report



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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Contributions to DVOC are tax-deductible.


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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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