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• All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend functions of the DVOC.

• Meetings are lively proceedings, with a featured speaker or a special forum as well as reports from the various committees, announcements, and general field notes.

Club meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning the third Thursday of September through the first Thursday in June. Unless otherwise arranged, all meetings are held at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA beginning at 7:30 pm. (Directions to the Academy) Less formal summer meetings are held the first Thursday in July, August, and September.

January 8, 2015
125th Annual Members Meeting- Followed by Refreshments

Since the founding of our club in 1890, the first meeting of every year has been the “Members’ Meeting.” The meeting will feature the Annual Election of Officers and Council members, election of Fellows, reports by the Treasurer and by the Trustees, and other matters of interest.

Bert Filemyr will do a short presentation on one of the founders of the DVOC - Spencer Trotter

We will then adjourn for socializing over snacks and drinks, organized by Bonnie and Phil Witmer.

2014 Annual Members Meeting
2013 Annual Members Meeting
2012 Annual Members Meeting
2011 Annual Members Meeting
2010 Annual Members Meeting
2009 Annual Members Meeting
2008 Annual Members Meeting
2007 Annual Members Meeting
2006 Annual Members Meeting
2005 Annual Members Meeting

1990 Annual Members Meeting

1982 Annual Members Meeting

1948 Annual Members Meeting

1898 Annual Members Meeting


January 22, 2015
Paulo Boute - Birding in Brazil


Paulo Boute was born in a ranch near Iguassu Falls. So, since a very early age he was, literally, in touch with the Brazilian Birds: His older brother used to collect birds so, very often he had the chance of holding them with his own hands!
The back yard was full of trees with fruits attracting lots of birds such Tanagers, Thrushes and Parakeets. His parents were great sponsors on his passion for birds - His father was from Russia an his mother from Ukraine, kept telling him how Nature in Brazil was special if, compared to their homeland...
At the age of 17 years old Paulo Boute, moved to Mato Grosso, where he started working as a tour guide at the Pantanal - Becoming the most experienced guide there with almost 30 years of Field Experience, having more than a thousand trips to the Pantanal . His Brazilian Birds Life List has 1260 Birds.

Paulo has inspired others to follow his tracks and is very proud in having dedicated his life to preserve the birds in Brazil - When he is not guiding, either at the Pantanal, Amazon / Atlantic Forest or at the Brazilian Northeast - He is teaching birdwatching and presenting lectures, being the most recent one at distant the State of Roraima. Travelling with Paulo is an wonderful opportunity to learn about Birds and Nature, and, also to enjoy life!


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February 5, 2015
Don Jones - "Sixty Years in the Field"

Don writes "I’ve been watching birds for over sixty years. The hobby has given me tremendous satisfaction and introduced me to parts of America and the world I likely never would have visited otherwise. My first 28 years of birding (1952 to 1980) were for the most part a solitary experience occasionally shared with family or a friend; I’m not a joiner. In 1980 happenstance led me to meet my birding mentor, Rick Mellon, who in 1982 convinced me to join the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC). My birding knowledge and horizons expanded dramatically. This program is a collection of birds, birders, and birding locations that formed a part of my birding hobby. I am deeply indebted to Rick, DVOC members and others (some no longer with us) with whom I’ve had the privilege to share this extraordinary hobby. "

Don is a "piney" raised in Pemberton, NJ. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, married and started a family, then planned to get a Master's from Rutgers but wound up with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. Following Rutgers, he took a postdoctoral teaching/research position at Oregon State University in Corvallis. In September 1969, he began his one and only job with the Rohm & Haas Company. Although he worked out of Bristol, PA the job provided him an opportunity to visit western Europe and Japan multiple times. He retired from Rohm & Haas in June 1994 and has been a bum ever since. Throughout all these events he always found some time for birding.

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February 19, 2015 Held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ
Rick Wright - "The Originals: Reading the First Descriptions of North American Birds"

Please note the location of this meeting - The Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra, NJ

Thanks to the magic of the internet, the original descriptions of most of the world's birds--long buried in the stacks of far-flung libraries--are now at our fingertips. Some are just as dusty and dry as we expect, but many answer questions we might not even have thought to ask. Join Rick Wright for a tour of the fascinating, often surprising stories hidden in the first descriptions of some of our most familiar birds.

Rick Wright is the book review editor at Birding magazine and the author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey. His current projects include the sparrows volume in the Peterson Reference Guide series and a book on the cult and culture of the hummingbird in France. He lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert.

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March 5 , 2015
Dan Small - "Native Grassland Restoration and Bird Studies at the Chester River Field Research Station" This meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Review of the 15 year effort to restore, monitor and manage a warm season grassland on the upper Eastern shore. Highlight our research, monitoring and banding efforts involving breeding grassland birds including Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite and most recently Field Sparrows.

Dan Small is a field ecologist for the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College located on the eastern shore of Maryland. The land-based research arm of CES, the Chester River Field Research Station conducts research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station, Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory. During the summer months, he can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying all aspects of Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel breeding ecology as part of a long-term demographic study. Prior to settling in Maryland he traveled widely from Alaska to Tobago living the life of an itinerant field biologist enjoying the different parts of the world and of course birding as much as possible. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.


March 19, 2015
Holly Merker - "What eBird Can Do For You, and What You Can Do For eBird"

This program caters to all birders, including those who don't currently use eBird. It is an exploration of how eBird is used by birders and researchers alike, and how eBird can be used without having an personal account. If you have ever wondered "what's all the fuss about eBird?" this program will address those questions and more. For those already using eBird, you'll learn new ways this powerful tool can be of use to you from your own backyard, to your travels across the globe.

Holly Merker has been the Lead eBird Reviewer/Reviewer Coordinator for Pennsylvania since 2005. She is also an eBird Hotspot Editor for Pennsylvania. She is the current Chester County Compiler for PSO, Compiler/Counter/Education Coordinator for Rose Tree Park Hawkwatch in Media, Delaware County, and a volunteer Hawk Counter at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She is also an Environmental Educator, teaching thousands of school students hands-on outdoor science classes annually around South Eastern Pennsylvania, for several non-profit employers (her primary employer is Paradise Farm Camps in Downingtown).

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April 2, 2015
Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien - "Snowy owls: the ultimate nomads."

The presentation will review recent results from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's research program, with an emphasis on movement and reproduction of snowy owls. The audience will witness how we manage to monitor those highly mobile and unpredictable predatory birds throughout consecutive years via a slide show depicting field work situations.

Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien was born 20 minutes from the border with Vermont, in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada.
Academic internship at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in autumn 2002.
Bachelor degree in biology at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) 2003.
Master degree in biology at Université Laval, Canada, 2006.
Ph.D. degree in biology at Université Laval, Canada, 2011.
Joined Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as Senior Research Biologist in September 2011.
Now working on various aspects of raptor conservation science such as satellite tracking of peregrine falcons, Turkey vultures and snowy owls, monitoring American kestrel breeding populations and monitoring of North American migratory raptors passing over the Sanctuary.

April 16, 2015
Michael Oates - "Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey"

In this program, Michael Oates, an award-winning video documentarian, will recount his experiences over the past 28 years documenting the annual horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon that occurs each spring on Delaware Bay. In 2014, he installed a wireless, solar-powered, remotely operated HD camera system that allowed visitors at the DuPont Nature Center to get an "Up Close and Personal" view of multiple migratory shorebird species and their behaviors.

Michael Oates, founder and president of 302 Stories, Inc., is an independent documentarian who has produced programs for major corporations and broadcast networks for the past 30 years. Through the 80’s and early 90’s, Oates produced videos that won numerous national awards and developed his company, New York Television (NYTV). In 1995, Oates sold the company he founded to pursue personal video projects. His work includes documentaries on Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act, the History of Shipbuilding in Milford, the ‘62 Storm, and the Oyster Industry on Delaware Bay.Recently, Oates has been focused on producing short-form digital stories for the web as well.

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May 7, 2015
Jason Weckstein - An Ornithological Expedition To The Most Endangered Amazonian Area Of Endemism: The Belem Center Of Endemism

Amazonia is the world’s largest, most intact, and most diverse tropical forest ecosystem on the planet and is often considered a uniform carpet of biodiversity. However, early biodiversity researchers noted that Amazonia isn’t a single unit of biodiversity, but that huge Amazonian rivers form barriers to species, with at least eight Amazonia areas of endemism harboring unique faunas. Although some of these areas of endemism are largely intact, others are highly endangered by habitat destruction. In particular, southeastern Amazonia, is now marked by a huge arc of deforestation. In this talk, Jason will introduce his project aimed at studying these biodiversity and endemism patterns in birds and their associated parasites, and will take us on an expedition to the largest remaining track of lowland forest in the endangered Belém area of eastern Amazonia, an area endemism seldom visited by birders.

DVOC member Jason Weckstein is an associate professor in Drexel University's Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Sciences department and associate curator in the department of Ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Jason obtained his BS degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1993, his MS in Zoology from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Louisiana State University in 2003. After obtaining his PhD Jason was a postdoctoral fellow at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where he stayed on as a staff scientist until moving to his current position at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University. Jason specializes in biodiversity research on birds and their parasites and has over 17 years of experience working in natural history museums and has conducted research expeditions in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ghana, Malawi, Nicaragua, and Brazil.


May 21, 2015
Justin Jaworski - "Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls"

Many owl species rely on specialized plumage to suppress the noise generated by their wings in flight, which enables them to sneak up on their prey in complete acoustic stealth. Now 80 years since these unique plumage attributes were identified, a satisfactory explanation for exactly how these attributes reduce noise remains elusive. In this talk, we will discuss recent research into how sound is produced and eliminated by owl wings, and how an understanding of the physics behind the owl's stealth can impact commercial and military applications ranging from aircraft to wind turbines to underwater vehicles.

Justin W. Jaworski earned his doctorate (2009), master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University. Before joining the mechanical engineering and mechanics faculty at Lehigh in 2013, Jaworski was an NSF international research fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he was also college research associate of applied mathematics for Magdalene College. His research investigates natural and aerospace phenomena involving a dynamic interaction between fluid flows and structural movement, which occur in a wide range of topics ranging from chronic snoring to the stability of flexible wings and wind turbine blades to the silent flight of owls.



Saturday June 6, 2015
Rachel McGovern - "Surveying our Streams: A Workshop in Biological Stream Monitoring"

Held at:
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington NJ 08534
9 am

Learn the methods of biological stream monitoring from this intensive workshop. This experience will train you to identify benthic macroinvertebrates and teach you what their presence says about the quality of our water. This workshop will not only walk you through monitoring methods but will bring you out into the stream to practice collection techniques and macroinvertebrate identification. Biological sampling is used by environmental organizations and government agencies as a reliable indicator of pollution levels. With the information received through these methods the proper steps can be taken to keep water clean and promote healthy habitats.

Rachel McGovern graduated in 2014 from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. In her time at Rutgers she focused her studies on New Jersey’s water quality and interned with North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association to study green infrastructure and stormwater management. Currently, Rachel serves as the Americorps Watershed Ambassador for the Millstone Watershed. As an Ambassador she monitors streams, trains others in water monitoring protocol and travels the area teaching students and community groups about Watershed issues while organizing projects to promote stewardship in nearby communities.

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June 20, 2015 (Saturday)DVOC Picnic
Held at the Guris Home in Green Lane PA

Annual DVOC Picnic at the Guris Home in Green Lane
ALL ARE WELCOME!! Members, Children, Grandchildren...
Saturday, June, 20, 2015 12 PM - until...
This year we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the DVOC, as well as the 25th wedding anniversary of past president, honorary member and trustee Paul A. Guris, to active member Anita K. Guris. The Honorable Hart Rufe, past president and trustee will preside over the 15 minute vow renewal ceremony at 1:00PM.

RSVPs must be made by May 31st to APGPicnic25@gmail.com
An accurate head count is vital for seating and table arrangements.

All food, alcoholic beverages, paper products and fun will be provided by the Guris's. NO Grill This Year!
Please see the posted Invitation on our website under Annual Picnic for further details.
A donation of $10-$20 per person would be appreciated but not mandatory, we'd rather have your presence during this celebration!

Click Here for a Flyer about this event.

Saturday July 25, 2015 (Informal Summer Meeting) 9 am
Held at Palmyra Cove Nature Center

Short talk by Frank Windfelder
Butterfly walk by Frank Windfelder
Bake sale in support of the Annual DVOC Photo Contest.
Short Talk by Steve Kacir (topic TBA)
Additional items for the itinerary are TBD at this point.

Short program by Frank Windfelder titled "Swallowtails of the Philadelphia Region" followed by a butterfly (and probably odes and birds) walk at Palmyra.

Title: "Swallowtails of the Philadelphia Region"

An illustrated discussion of the six swallowtail species that can be seen in our region: identification, host plants, and where to look. Followed by a butterfly walk led by Frank Windfelder.

Frank Windfelder is alifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been a DVOC member since 1981, but became interested in butterflies about a dozen years ago. Since then he has extended his interests to include dragonflies, herps and mammals.

August 8, 2015 (Saturday) Informal Summer Meeting - Activities from 7:30 am until after dark
Held at Bombay Hook NWR, DE

7:30AM-11:30AM Morning Field Trip at Bombay Hook NWR - Meet at the Visitor Center. At 7:30AM SHARP we will head out into the refuge to look for breeding species such as Least Bittern as well as early migrants such as Western Sandpiper. Plan to arrive at the Visitor Center around 7:20AM, so we can organize vehicles as necessary before heading into the refuge. Trip Leader: Steve Kacir

1:00PM-2:30PM (or later): Lunch at La Quetzalteca: DVOC Vice President invites attendees to join him for lunch at one of Smyrna's finest spots for Mexican food: La Quetzalteca. We'll enjoy a leisurely repast while beating the heat in the restaurant's air conditioning. If you plan to attend the lunch, please contact Steve Kacir by July 31, so Steve can set up a reservation with the restaurant.

La Quetzalteca Mexican Restaurant
103 N Dupont Blvd
Smyrna, DE 19977

More information about La Quetzalteca can be found online: http://www.laquetzalteca.com/

4:00-7:00PM: DVOC Informal Meeting at the Bombay Hook NWR visitor center featuring Dan Small and his program Dan Small - "Native Grassland Restoration and Bird Studies at the Chester River Field Research Station"

Review of the 15 year effort to restore, monitor and manage a warm season grassland on the upper Eastern shore. Highlight our research, monitoring and banding efforts involving breeding grassland birds including Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite and most recently Field Sparrows.

Dan Small is a field ecologist for the Center of Environment and Society at Washington College located on the eastern shore of Maryland. The land-based research arm of CES, the Chester River Field Research Station conducts research on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also operates a migration banding station, Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory. During the summer months, he can be found out in the native warm season grassland leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying all aspects of Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel breeding ecology as part of a long-term demographic study. Prior to settling in Maryland he traveled widely from Alaska to Tobago living the life of an itinerant field biologist enjoying the different parts of the world and of course birding as much as possible. He is a NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years.

The post meeting field trip has been cancelled.

September 3, 2015 Informal Summer Meeting
Held at the Schuylkill Center http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
"A Celebration of Members Past & Present for the 125th Anniversary of the DVOC"

Short Programs Including

Bert Filemyr: "DVOC Membership Over The Years"

Chris Walters: "Sandy Sherman, the first female president of DVOC"

Scott McConnell: "Witmer Stone, one of the founding members of the DVOC and long-time editor of Cassinia"

Steve Kacir: Presentation on Rick Mellon written and produced by Don Jones.

Kristen Johnson, DVOC's Adam Sabatine Scholarship award winner, will be our special guest and will report on her week spent at ABA's Camp Avocet in Lewes, DE.


September 17, 2015
Jane Henderson "California Hotspots"

Her program, "California Hotspots", or, alternatively, "North on The 5" is basically a travelogue. It will take you on a journey through a few inland areas: Salton Sea, Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree, and then up the coast from Orange County in Southern California, through Morro Bay and Monterey, with a few images from pelagic trips. Then on to Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Mt. Shasta. A few bits of local color will supplement the bird pictures.

Club member Jane Henderson is a local Delaware Valley birder. She has been a member of DVOC since 1997. She currently serves as Vice President and Program Chair of Wyncote Audubon Society. Jane has birded many areas of California over the years. VENT's "Grand California" birding tour with Kevin Zimmer in the summer of 1992 got her started exploring the state. She has friends and family in various areas of California, and she and her husband Bob visit the state at least twice a year.

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October 1, 2015
Art McMorris - "Restoring Peregrine Falcons to Pennsylvania"

Photo by Barrie Ashby

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After being completely extirpated from North America east of the Rockies and south of the Arctic, Peregrine Falcons are making a remarkable comeback. Art McMorris will talk about the work he is doing with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to re-establish a self-sustaining and secure population of Peregrine Falcons in Pennsylvania. He will talk about the natural history of Peregrine Falcons, the population history in North America, the reasons for the population crash in the mid 20th century, and the re-introduction and management efforts that have led to one of the most remarkable recoveries of any endangered species anywhere. Come and hear about these magnificent birds, the fastest animals on earth.

Art fell in love with the natural world practically from the moment he was able to stand up and walk. After a childhood of hiking, fishing, collecting insects and tadpoles and studying the stars and planets, he moved on to a B.A. and Ph.D. in biology and then spent his first career, ironically, studying molecules indoors. Now retired from molecular neuroscience research, he has moved back outdoors where he coordinates the Peregrine Falcon Recovery and Management Program for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and participates in a variety of other bird studies and conservation projects. He is a past president of DVOC and works with a number of other bird and conservation organizations.

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Annual Banquet/Grand Gala

DVOC is 125 years young! Save-the-date!
We are anticipating a big turnout, and we want you there!
All members are encouraged to bring guests, friends and family.
Please mark your calendars now, for the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the DVOC!

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October 15, 2015
Gregory George - The Cerulean Warbler, a Migrant in Decline, Population Status and Conservation in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Greg George will discuss the background and population trends of Cerulean Warblers across the species’ range and then highlight how populations are changing in Eastern Pennsylvania. This will be the first talk given that includes some of the newest information gathered from the 2015 field research season along the Delaware River within the Delaware Watergap National recreation Area.

Greg George is an Associate Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University (DVU) where he teaches Ornithology, Ecology, Quantitative Ecology and a Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica. He has spent the majority of the last 10 years studying Cerulean Warblers. From 2004-2009 his research focused on foraging ecology and the influence of silviculture operations on Cerulean population demographics at West Virginia University (WVU) while completing his Ph.D. in wildlife management. More recently, he has focused on areas of population expansion in northeast Pennsylvania.

Greg has worked on various projects associated with the conservation of Neotropical migrants including Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrush and raptors. His interest in raptors culminates from 19 years of volunteering with the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary research department. His work with raptor migration at Hawk Mountain afforded him the opportunity to assist research crews quantifying raptor migration in the Florida Keys (1997) and Veracruz, Mexico (2000). Prior to his time at WVU, Greg was a raptor bander along the Kittatinny Ridge, north of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Greg expanded on his international researcher experience while investigating niche partitioning among a guild of obligate riparian songbirds in Costa Rica (2003 - 2004) for his Master’s thesis from East Stroudsburg University.

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November 5, 2015
Kate Garchinsky - In Living Color: The Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet

Kate Garchinsky is an emerging bird illustrator and nature writer for children. In her quest to bring the natural history of extinct North American birds to life for new generations of naturalists, she has spent many hours studying skins and mounts of Passenger Pigeons and Carolina Parakeets at the Academy of Natural Sciences. After sharing her vision with the selection committee of the Eckelberry Foundation, she was awarded the 2015 Don and Virginia Eckelberry Fellowship to support her visual research from dusty archives to verdant rainforests. Kate will share her encounters with the ghosts of these birds, their extant relatives, and how these characters are playing out in her picture books.

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November 19, 2015 - No meeting (replaced by the 125th Gala in October)

December 3, 2015
Alvaro Jaramillo - "Weird things are happening – Gulls, Birding and the Asian Invasion."

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room, many and perhaps most birders can’t stand gulls. Why? Well, because they have been taught that they are extremely difficult to identify, ugly, a pain in the butt, and perhaps are even considered “Avian Rats” due to their successful lifestyle. Then there are those birders who like gulls, and… well they seem to like them TOO much, it’s sort of disconcerting. But it is time to step back, and see this whole thing in a new light. Gulls are common, and offer some fun lessons in ecology, distribution and adaptation. Weird things are happening with gulls, and they may be related to changes in the environment, as well as the gull’s ability to adapt to human influenced landscapes. Odd gulls are showing up in places thousands of miles away from where they should be. This is exciting for the birder, but this is part of a larger pattern that is going on, and one that has been going on for a while. This talk is a bit about gulls, a bit about vagrants, a bit about the history of birding and a bit about what is to come and hopefully a lot of fun. If you hate gulls, come to this talk, as I promise that I will not mention the terms tertial, gonys or pre-basic molt. I hope to make this a fun talk about how gulls are adapting to a changing world, what this means, and what opportunities are out there for the birder who wants to find a “Mega Bird.”

Alvaro Jaramillo was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto, Canada, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. Research forays and backpacking trips introduced Alvaro to the riches of the Neotropics, where he has traveled extensively. He is the author of two books, including the Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide to Chile's birds. Alvaro writes the Identify Yourself column in Bird Watcher's Digest. He recently finished part of the sparrow chapter for the Handbook of Birds of the World, and is writing a photo guide to the birds and wildlife of Patagonia, as well the ABA Field Guide to the Birds of California. He runs a birding and nature tour company Alvaro's Adventures, where the focus is to have fun, learn a thing or two and just enjoy birds and nature. Alvaro lives with his family in Half Moon Bay, California.

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December 17, 2015
DVOC Members' Photo Night and Contest

Peregrine Award (Overall Best In Show):
Rob Hynson (White-rumped Sandpiper)
Bird Category:
Honorable Mention:
Rob Hynson (Sandhill Crane)
Scott Fraser (Wild Turkey)
Third Place:
Adrian Binns (Sandhill Cranes)
Second Place:
Todd Fellenbaum (Marbled Godwit)
First Place:
Todd Fellenbaum (Dusky Grouse)
Fauna Category:
Third Place:
George Armistead (Red Squirrel)
Second Place:
Rob Hynson (Water Python)
First Place:
Todd Fellenbaum (Red Fox)

Flora Category:
No Third Place
Second Place:
Kevin Vaughn (Rose)
First Blace:
Barb Bassett (Tulips)
Third Place:
Barb Eliot (Bear Creek Lake, Jim Thorpe, PA)
Second Place:
Anne Bekker (Outside Zion National Park)
First Place:
Barb Bassett (“Snow Light” Cape May Lighthouse in a Blizzard)
Third Place:
Rick Mellon (Merce & the Great Peking Duck Rescue)
Second Place:
Marvin Hyett (“Let me see”)
First Place:
George Armistead (Steve Howell leads a group at Camp Avocet)

Submission Information

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. Get your photos ready.

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

Or you can donate online at this link:


Click Here for the winning photos

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