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

From team member Matt Halley:
"Our total was 147, and we came in 2nd place in the Carbon Footprint Cup. We had a great day actually, beating our previous Ridin' Birdy record, and we cleaned up on the Belleplain breeders, but alas it was not enough to compete with the CMBO team who stayed on the island and had a great morning for migrants. We ended up riding ~72 miles, starting at Heislerville at midnight, continuing on to Belleplain and then a southeastern route to Stone Harbor / Nummy's, etc., reaching Cape May island around 2pm. We picked up a bunch more birds on the island, and then got caught in a torrential downpour at the end of the day. We were all soaked and cold, but still managed to get back out to the Magnesite plant after the storm to pick up Common Nighthawk. We are proud that we broke our record and to take 2nd place. Thanks to everyone for their support! We will give a more detailed breakdown at the next meeting."

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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.

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Next Meeting:
Thursday June 2, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Directions to the Meeting
Directions to the informal pre-meeting dinner

After the meeting all are welcome at the informal gathering at the Cherry Street Tavern

"Kashi" Davis - "Hurricanes and Beach Nesting Birds - More Than Meets the Eye"

She lives with her husband, Glen, and their two bunnies in Cape May Point, arguably the textbook example of small town living (funny how life works like that). She still has the travel bug, though, and she and Glen take trips near and far whenever they can, enjoying vacations throughout the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the south seas (in fact, she first met George Armistead as their Stewart Island ferries in New Zealand crossed paths). She is an avid runner and keeps a "run list" of birds she has seen/heard on runs. Her favorite bird on the list is an "albatross spp". and her nemesis bird is a Virgina Rail.

Christina "Kashi" Davis grew up in rural southwestern New Jersey with a dream to escape small town living. She worked for the National Park Service, National Forest Service and for academic institutions in California, Alaska and Virginia but a funny thing happened on her way to the gypsy life -- she realized just how much she loved New Jersey (I know, right?!). She circled back home and made her way through the state's seasonal job offerings - State Park Service, New Jersey Audubon and The Nature Conservancy. While working for TNC in 2001 she encountered Piping Plovers and it was like a light flipped. The following year she started working for NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program where she has been happily ensconced ever since. Her responsibilities include non-raptor coastal birds (beach nesting, long-legged waders, gulls, terns, seabirds, secretive marsh birds) which has given her a keen interest in how sea-level rise and climate change impact these species. She has her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Stockton University and her master's degree in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University.


Next Field Trips:

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

May 21 (Saturday) 7:00am - Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
Mount Moriah Cemetery located along Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia has a unique mosaic of habitats. This brushy secondary growth is perfect habitat for mourning warblers that migrate in late spring.
Meeting Location: 62nd Street and Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

May 22(Sunday) 7am - Peak Spring Migration Birding at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
We will explore all areas of this Burlington County hotspot searching for expected species each season. Of course, we hope for rarities also. Please check the ebird hotspot link, bar graphs, and the county in general to see what to expect each trip. This trip requires a lot of walking. Bring water and snacks. I may hit another area in Burlington County to show people the hotspots in the area. Trips will not go in bad weather. These trips are open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please email me if intending to come as I might cancel if bad weather, but also a chance I might have to cancel if I am away. Also, feel free to email me any questions regarding the area or the trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.
Trip Leader: Sandra Keller sandrakeller AT (856)287-2732

May 28 (Saturday) 10:00am - Cobbs Creek/ Morris Park, Philadelphia, PA
We should still find some late migrants like blackpoll warbler and observe breeding birds in full song such as wood thrush and Baltimore oriole.
Meeting location: Papa Playground 6839 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

June 4 (Saturday) 8:00am- Houston Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
Bird & Botany Walk. We will meet at Houston Playground to look for bluebirds, brown thrasher and nesting raptors like Cooper’s hawk. This will also be a joint walk with the Philadelphia Botanical Club to learn about the beautiful wildflowers in the meadow.
Meeting Location: Houston Playground, 900 Grakyn Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19128
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.



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 -

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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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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