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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"BirdPhilly" is a major initiative of the DVOC. Click Here for more information and to donate to this exciting program.

Major New Book on DVOC Founder Witmer Stone
Witmer 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 http://witmerstone.com/

Next Meeting:
Thursday February 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

Emile DeVito - "Rare species research, management, and restoration in the New Jersey Pine Barrens"

Talk will cover all aspects of ecological inventory, research, and rare species and wetland habitat restoration ongoing at the Franklin Parker Preserve (and a few other projects/places in the NJ Pine Barrens. Everything from rare plants to lepidoptera to reptiles to fire ecology.

A bio of Emile is available at http://njconservation.org/devito.htm


Full 2015 Meeting Schedule

Click Here for Information on the
Dale Twining Birding Records Project


Next Field Trips:

New 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

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 sparrow.
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

(Rescheduled) February 14-16 (Saturday-Monday) - MONTAUK (LONG ISLAND), NY
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 expenses incurred.
Leaders: Erica Brendel and Chris Walters

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

Full 2015 Field Trip Schedule















(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
(12/9/14) Minutes of the December 4, 2014 Meeting
(12/6/14) Lena Hunt Personal Page (new member)
(12/6/14) Jason Weckstein Personal Page (new member)
(12/6/14) 2014 Pennsylvania Peregrine Falcon Summary
(12/4/14) Minutes of the November 6, 2014 Meeting
(12/1/14) Barnegat / Forsythe Field Trip Report
(11/19/14) 2014 Banquet 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 -

You can quickly and easily make a donation using PayPal. Click the "Donate" button below to do this. If you have a Paypal Account please log in. If you do not, use the "Don't have a PayPal account?" section in the lower left hand corner of the page that appears after you click the "Donate" button below.

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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