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.

The DVOC Constitution / By-Laws Committee has proposed several changes to our by-laws. The current plan is for these changes to be formally presented at the 12/18 regular meeting, which is the Photo Night and Contest, and then be voted on at the 1/8/15 Annual Members' Meeting. It is imperative that all members familiarize themselves with these changes and if at all possible attend the two mentioned meetings.
Click Here
for the proposed changes.


The Youth Birding Committee is selling DVDs of the award winning movie "A Birders Guide to Everything". The committee is raising funds for an ongoing annual scholarship award in the name of the late young birder, Adam J. Sabatine. Adam was an avid birder and inspired all who were lucky enough to meet him. Adam passed away at the age of 26 from complications of diabetes.
The DVOC Adam J. Sabatine Memorial Award, given each year, will send a young birder (ages 13-18) to a birding camp or other
birding-centric activity.
Help us to encourage and mentor our young birders by contributing to this fundraiser. The DVDs are only $10 and are available at ALL DVOC Meetings! Click Here for further details.

Passing of a Member - Nancy Bilheimer

It is with sadness we report the passing of life member Nancy Bilheimer. Click Here for an obituary and information on a Life Celebration on Saturday 12/20/14. Nancy joined the club in 2001 and her husband Al is also a life member of the club.

Next Meeting:
Thursday December 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

DVOC Members' Photo Night and Contest

Join us for an evening of wonderful photographs. Members will display their best work in several engaging categories. Judges will award 1st to 3rd place winners. It’s a visual feast and not to be missed.

As of 11/12, donations from two DVOC members have allowed the club to fund prizes for this contest, including a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate prize for the Peregrine Award and a $100 Amazon gift certificate prize for the Avocet Award. The photo contest organizers are seeking donations to help the club fund prizes for this year's photo contest and future photo contests. Please consider donating to DVOC in support of the annual photo contest. Those of us who submit photos and organize the contest think this is one of the club's most fun events, and we think having great prizes adds to the fun. Please consider donating to keep the tradition alive. Donations as low as $5.00 will still have a great cumulative effect in helping to make the photo night an exciting social experience for the club. You can donate in support of the photo contest by sending a check payable to DVOC and mailing it to Bert Filemyr at

DVOC Treasurer
c/o 1314 Lenore Road
Meadowbrook, PA 19046


From the 12/1 Meeting

2014 Pennsylvania Peregrine Falcon Summary

 

 

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

(DATE TO BE CONFIRMED) January 10 (Saturday) – PHILADELPHIA MID-WINTER BIRD CENSUS, PA (PMWBC)
Join the 29th annual mid-winter census which highlights the incredible diversity of habitat and species found within our city borders. An average of 92 species are recorded each year including notable rarities.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Contact: Keith Russell

January 17 (Saturday) (Updated) FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT PARK WATERFOWL, PHILADELPHIA
This walk will focus on the spectacle of wintering waterfowl at South Philly’s lakes in FDR Park, legendary for overwintering waterfowl. The walk will meet at the boat house where we will study the waterfowl on the pond that will likely include mallards, gadwall, American widgeon, bufflehead, and hooded mergansers. Redhead and cackling geese, rare in our region, are annual at FDR. We will also walk to the other ponds and bird the brush and trees looking for songbirds such as brown creeper, rusty blackbird, and purple finch.
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members
Meeting location: Franklin Delano Park is located at Broad and Pattison Avenue. Specifically we are meeting at the boat house.
Time: 10 am
Contact: Tony Croasdale

(DATE TO BE CONFIRMED) January 17-19 (Saturday-Monday) - MONTAUK (LONG ISLAND), NY
A trip over Martin Luther King 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!
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

January 17 (Saturday) FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT PARK WATERFOWL, PHILADELPHIA
This walk will focus on the spectacle of wintering waterfowl at South Philly’s lakes in FDR Park, legendary for overwintering waterfowl. The walk will meet at the boat house where we will study the waterfowl on the pond that will likely include mallards, gadwall, American widgeon, bufflehead, and hooded mergansers. Redhead and cackling geese, rare in our region, are annual at FDR. We will also walk to the other ponds and bird the brush and trees looking for songbirds such as brown creeper, rusty blackbird, and purple finch.
This DVOC/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation trip is free to members and non-members.
Meeting location: Franklin Delano Park is located at Broad and Pattison Avenue. Specifically we are meeting at the boat house.
Time: 10 am
Contact: Tony Croasdale

January 17 (Saturday) CAPE MAY, NJ
Check the Facebook page, Web Page or contact the field trip leader the week of the field trip for the meeting place and time. Dress for the weather and bring lunch. This is an all day field trip.
This DVOC trip is a joint field trip with Wyncote Audubon and is free to members and non-members
Leader: Martin Selzer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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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
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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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Delaware Valley Ornithological Club
c/o Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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