Conservation Committee

Matt Sarver, Chair

Conservation has been an important focus of the Delmarva Ornithological Society since it was founded.  The DOS Conservation Committee is actively involved in many local, state, national and international issues.  It is dedicated to monitoring issues of bird conservation concern and addressing these issues in collaboration with DOS members and partner organizations and agencies.  The committee also the highly successful Delaware Bird-a-Thon to raise funds for conservation.  You can see updates on conservation issues each month in the DOS Flyer.


Matt Sarver

The Conservation Committee is always looking for new and interested members. If you would like to attend one of our meetings and see first hand what we are currently involved with, please contact Conservation Committee Chair Matt Sarver at


Conservation Science Grants

The Conservation Committee is pleased to offer DOS Conservation Science Grants in support of innovative investigations into bird conservation challenges.  A portion of the funds raised by the Delaware Bird-a-Thon provides these grants.  [more info]

Delaware Birding Trail

In collaboration with DNREC and the Delaware Audubon Society, DOS developed the first Delaware Birding Trail. The trail identifies and connects established birding hotspots.

Delaware Bird-A-Thon

Get involved with the Delaware Bird-A-Thon!

ABA Birders’ Exchange

Since 1990, the Birders’ Exchange has been collecting and donating much needed equipment to researchers, educators and conservationists in Latin America and the Caribbean who are striving to protect birds and their habitats. In an effort to fill the void of the most basic equipment needed to carryout their studies, the Birders’ Exchange collects and distributes donated optics (and other resources) to these very dedicated individuals.  Do you have items that you no longer need?  Please bring them to any DOS meeting and give them to to Bill Stewart for transfer to the ABA. For further information and a complete list of equipment needed, visit the Birders’ Exchange website.

The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Program

2016-2017 Federal Duck StampSince 1934, sales of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (commonly referred to as “Duck Stamps”) have raised more than $700 million that has been used to acquire more than 6 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of these stamps goes directly to the purchase or lease of wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Stamps can be purchased at most post offices, sporting goods and outdoor stores, all National Wildlife Refuges and online at  The ABA also offers a fast and easy way to buy duck stamps.  As their slogan says “Conserve Habitat, Buy Duck Stamps!”

DOS supports the Duck Stamp!  In appreciation of their efforts, field trip leaders receive a duck stamp every year.

Wind Energy Position

The Conservation Committee voted to adopt, endorse and support the American Bird Conservancy’s Wind Energy Policy. The following is an excerpt from the policy.

For decades, conservationists have urged a shift away from nuclear and fossil-fueled electrical generation to clean, renewable sources of power such as wind and solar energy. ABC supports the development of renewable energy in the U.S., including wind power, as an alternative to fossil-fueled power plants to meet the current and growing demand for electrical energy. In doing so, ABC recognizes that all energy choices have implications for birds.

While ABC supports alternative energy sources, including wind power, ABC emphasizes that before approval and construction of new wind energy projects proceeds, potential risks to birds and bats should be evaluated through site analyses, including assessments of bird and bat abundance, timing and magnitude of migration, and habitat use patterns. Wind energy project location, design, operation, and lighting should be carefully evaluated to prevent, or at least minimize, bird and bat mortality and adverse impacts through habitat fragmentation, disturbance, and site avoidance.

American Bird Conservancy