DVOC in New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding - 5/14/16

Defending co-champions in 2015 Ridin’ Birdy rides again this May 14th, led by team captain Tony Croasdale. Ridin’ Birdy will use bicycles to cover 85+ miles of Cumberland and Cape May Counties in 24 hours. From barred owls calling in the cedar swamps of Belleplain State Forest to royal terns fishing in the rips off Cape May Point, their route will take them through a diversity of habitats and several Wawas.

Ridin’ Birdy needs your support to reach our goal of $2500 to support DVOC's BirdPhilly. Flat donations are great, or you can pledge to donate $1-$3 per bird. We hope to break 120 species by bicycle.

Click Here for more information and instructions on how to support this effort

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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Next Meeting:
Thursday May 5, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Directions to the Meeting
Directions to the informal pre-meeting dinner

Members Night!

Enjoy a series of short presentations by clubs members a wonderful potpourri of topics. Members Katrina Rakowski, Matt Halley, and others will be presenters.

Next Field Trips:

May 2 (Monday) 7:00am - Waterworks/ Lloyd Hall, Philadelphia, PA
7:00am We will meet at the Fairmount Water Works for cormorants and wood ducks on the Schuylkill River and will check out nearby “silt island” for warblers and orioles
Meeting location: 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 3rd (Tuesday) & 4th (Wednesday) Elephant Swamp Trail, Gloucester and Salem Counties (NJ)
Two rails to trails walks, flat, about two miles each, round-trip, through woods and farm fields.
Tuesday 3 May will begin in Gloucester County and we’ll walk south to Reed Branch stream. Google map to the small parking lot near the intersection of Railroad Av. and Elk Rd [County Route 538], Elk Township NJ.
Wednesday 4 May will begin in Salem County and we’ll walk north to Reed Branch. Google map to the parking lot behind the Monroeville Fire Company at intersection of Three Bridge and Monroeville Roads, Monroeville NJ. Both walks begin at 8:30 AM.
These DVOC trips are free to members and non-members.
Leader: Jack Mahon

May 6 (Friday) 6:30-8:30 pm- Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, PA
A special field trip collaboration with Bartrams Garden. Low tide will coincide with the setting sun, and we’ll get a unique opportunity to glide along the shoreline in kayaks and canoes and scope out mudflats and wooded riverbanks for bird life. Life jackets and boats will be provided. Snacks and cool beverages will be available.
The Community Boathouse at Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Phila, PA 19143. (Follow the path from the parking lot through the Meadow, downhill to the Boathouse.)
Bartram’s Garden members: $5
Non-members: $10

May 7 (Saturday) - 7 am to 9 am Bird Banding at Rushton Farm Preserve, PA
Come join us to band neo-tropical migrants – this means warblers! It is an excellent opportunity to see migrants in their beautiful spring breeding plumage. Learn how birds are banded while getting up close and personal. Bird banding activities began at the Ruston Farm Preserve in late fall of 2009 with funds donated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.
Meet at Park Rushton Woods Preserve parking lot, located at the SE corner of Goshen and Delchester Roads, with the entrance on Delchester Road. If you come late: walk towards the hedgerows opposite the parking lot and follow the path to the right which eventually turns left and cuts through the hedgerow. Take the left path and follow until you see the banding station or contact the trip leader.
Contact the trip leader with any questions.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip leader Patty Rehn

May 7 (Saturday) 8:00am - Valley Green, Philadelphia, PA
Early May in the Wissahickon is excellent for early arriving warblers like Louisiana waterthrush, redstart, parula, as well as wood thrush and courting wood ducks. We will meet at Valley Green and walk along Forbidden Drive, stopping at bridges to search for waterthrush.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 8 (Sunday) 9:00am - City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
This walk is timed to observe the peregrine falcons that nest on the City hall clock tower. The trees around City Hall can also host migrating song birds.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 10th (Tuesday) 7:00AM - Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
Let’s see what birds we can find in the most urban of our city’s parks. I bet we find some good migrants here.
Meeting location: 18th and Walnut.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 14 (Saturday) 7:30am - Carpenter’s Wood’s, Philadelphia, PA
Mid-May is the best time for migrating warblers, and Carpenter’s Woods is Philadelphia’s warbler hotspot. We will meet at the Wayne Avenue entrance.
Meeting Location: Wayne Ave and Mt. Pleasant Road, Philadelphia, PA 19119
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 15 (Sunday)- Houston Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
This newly restored meadow is a great place for field and scrub loving birds like bluebirds and American tree sparrow. Pileated woodpecker and black-billed cuckoo have been seen here on previous trips.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Martin Selzer

May 16 (Monday) 7:00am - Fisher Park, Philadelphia, PA
This small wooded park is known to produce good migrants.
Meeting location: 600 W Spencer St, Philadelphia, PA 19120
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.
Leader: Keith Russell


Share Your Favorite Birding Spot, Be a Trip Leader
We are looking for field trip leaders for the DVOC’s fall calendar. If you have a favorite spot, just pick a day and invite the club to attend. It’s that simple. All we need is a short write up of the location, what you hope to see, the address, and your contact information. It’s that simple. You don’t need to be a pro to lead a field trip. This could be anything from Cape May, Bake Oven Knob to your local park. Think outside the box. Please contact field trip chair, Tony Croasdale , 215-301-7940

BirdPhilly is a series of birding walks and events in Philadelphia parks for the 2016 calendar year. For further information go to the BirdPhilly website.
The Philadelphia Bird Race is part of BirdPhilly. Click Here for more information.


2016 Field Trip Schedule
















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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