End-of-Year Donations are Welcome!

Hello DOS members and friends.  At this time of year, please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the DOS to support birds and birding in the state and region.  Thank you for considering a donation, no matter how small, to the Delmarva Ornithological Society, and again, have a safe, fun, and memorable holiday, and a wonderful 2015. 

Donate with PayPal:

Or a personal check may be made out and sent to:
    Delmarva Ornithological Society
    Attn: Year End Appeal
    P.O. Box 4247
    Greenville, DE 19807


DOS Book Sale the the December meeting -- Howard Brokaw Collection
Thanks to everyone who purchased books from the estate of Howard Brokaw, one of our earliest members and a generous and active supporter for decades.  So far we’ve raised nearly $1,500 to support DOS.  There are still some great books available  Use the link below to see the list of books and prices and the information on how to purchase them.

2014 Christmas Bird Counts
Get out of the house and into the field for one of the DOS or Sussex Bird Club sponsored Christmas Bird Counts.  It's a great way to stay active over the long season and participate in Citizen Science.
All levels are welcome and needed--new birders to experts!
DOS and Sussex Bird Club (SBC) are sponsoring seven counts:
Bombay Hook   --   14 December 2014 (DOS)
Middletown   --   21 December 2014 (DOS)
Wilmington   --   27 December 2014 (DOS)
Milford   --   28 December 2014 (SBC)
Seaford   -- 2 January 2015 (SBC)
Rehoboth   --   3 January 2015 (DOS)
Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook   --   4 January 2015 (DOS)

DOS is participating in the Delaware Bayshore Initiative!  This initiative will help prioritize needed improvements to birding infrastructure and will guide further conservation of important bird habitats along the bayshore. Please watch Governor Markell's unprecedented video address to the birding community during the recent American Birding Association Annual Meeting held in Wilmington.


Consider joining the Delaware Nature Society for several bird-related trips that are coming up soon.

The Delaware Nature Society hosts many exciting birding programs. 

Lights Out Wilmington!   Please support our efforts to conserve energy and help save

 vulnerable migrating birds by encouraging downtown building owners and tenants to turn off non-essential lights at night.  By eliminating non-essential interior and exterior lighting in large buildings, 
we can cut down on CO2 emissions, save money, and help protect birds.  [more]


DuPont's Clear into the Future has some excellent resources for kids interested in birds and environmental issues!  Go with your kids to the Clear into the Classroom website!


Put your stamp on...Duck Stamp, that is! Support the acquisition of migratory bird habitat by buying a Duck Stamp.  Proceeds go toward the purchase of land by the USFWS for the National Wildlife Refuge system.  It is also your pass to all lands in the NWR system!  Go to www.fws.gov/duckstamps for more information.


News and Events

Keep your eyes out for Kestrels, then...submit your Kestrel sightings!
The Delaware Birding Trail Be sure to visit the Delaware Birding Trail site for information on this exciting initiative in the State. DOS is a sposoring partner in this effort. You can order a FREE trail guide from there!
The 2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas
A cooperative project among several groups including the DOS, DNS, DNREC...

Youth Birding

If you have kids or know a young person interested in birds, invite them to join the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club. Sponsored and supported by DOS, these school-aged student members head afield to pursue the joys of birding that hooked us all at the beginning. Learn more [PDF brochure]...

Birding the shore? Check your tides! (NOAA/CO-OPS)

Try eBird, created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon ! It's a personalized, online, nationwide birding database and checklist.
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