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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Congratulations to DVOC Member Keith Russell
Keith Russell has been named as the American Birding Association's 2016 Ludlow Griscom Award for Contributions to Regional Ornithology.
Click here for more information.

Next Meeting:
Thursday February 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Directions to the Meeting
Directions to the informal pre-meeting dinner

Joel T. Fry - "The “White Tail’d Buzzard”: New evidence for William Bartram’s Painted Vulture from Florida."

Joel T. Fry has served as curator for Bartram’s Garden, the home of John and William Bartram in Philadelphia, PA, since 1992. He first became involved in archaeological research at Bartram’s Garden in 1975, and has participated in a number of archaeological and historic research projects at the garden site since. He studied anthropology, historical archaeology, and American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and has written extensively on the history of Bartram’s Garden and the Bartram family plant collections.

A survey of Bartram historical evidence and an exhaustive survey of the ornithological literature on William Bartram’s “Painted Vulture” (Vultur sacra of Travels) by the ornithologist Noel Snyder has produced strong evidence this bird existed in 18th c. Florida. It was observed by William Bartram in both 1765-1766 and again in 1773. And a published illustration from 1734 of a comparable bird held captive in London under the name “Warwovwen or Indian Vulture” also seems to confirm the onetime existence of this white-tailed vulture species or subspecies related to the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) of Central and South America.



Full 2016 Meeting Schedule

From the 1/21/16 Meeting
Tri-State Bird Rescue


Next Field Trips:

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

February 6th (Saturday) 10am - Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
Seeds and Sparrow Walk
(Coffee and feeder watching at 9:30)
There is still a lot to see in the winter. This walk will focus on winter plant identification and winter birds. We will identify trees by bark and buds, and herbaceous plants by seeds and fruits. The meadow is a terrific location for wintering sparrows, raptors, and bluebirds.
Meeting Location: Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree house). 300 Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA 19118. (NWern Ave does not connect from Ridge Ave to Germantown Ave. If you come in from Ridge you will have to park in the upper parking lot and walk down the trail. )
This DVOC field trip is part of the BirdPhilly initiative and is free to members and non-members.

February 20th Saturday(Rescheduled from 30 JAN 2016)
Falls Township Community Park for Gull Watching

Falls Township Community Park in the Tullytown area is one of the best locations in the region for studying gulls, and looking for rare gull species. Four common species are regularly observed: Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull. Both of the expected white-winged gulls are regularly observed at this location: Glaucous Gull and Kumlien’s Iceland Gull. Other much rarer and more unlikely possibilities for the Tullytown area include Bonaparte’s Gull, Black-headed Gull, Laughing Gull, Thayer’s Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, and Slaty-backed Gull.The trip will meet at the soccer fields of Falls Township Community Park at 8AM . This is a half-day trip that will end around noon.
Google Map:
Leader: Steve Kacir Contact Steve if you are interested in this trip.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members.

February 21st (Sunday) 8am - Late Winter 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

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


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c/o Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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