All Upcoming Events and Trips

Searching for Sparrows at Burrows Run with Andy Ednie

Lincoln's Sparrow by Mike Moore Explore Burrows Run while searching for sparrows! Join Andy Ednie to search for sparrows in beautiful Burrows Run! October is the perfect time to find migrating sparrows, welcome back our winter birds, and study our year-round residents too! We'll look for White-throated, White-crowned, Lincoln's, and others on this pristine private ... Read more

Anson B. Nixon Park with Ian Stewart

Tennessee Warbler by Carolyn Holland This is the first DOS trip to this under-birded park & we are excited to see what species we might find! Anson B. Nixon park ( is an attractive 100 acre site owned by the Kennett Area Park Authority. It contains two small lakes and a mix of woodland and ... Read more

Youth Birders: Delaware Wild Lands’ Hangman Reserve

Wild Turkeys by Michael Moore The Hangman’s Impoundment supports a highly diverse freshwater ecosystem. It is well-vegetated with species such as wild rice and pickerel weed that support wildlife. The impoundment supports a variety of wildlife species including songbirds, Sandhill cranes, turkeys, mink, muskrats, and waterfowl. DWL is involved in a multi-institution research project for ... Read more

DOS October Meeting: “Volunteering for Delaware’s Raptors” by Jordan Brown

Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, Delaware

Join us as we talk to one of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)’s avian biologists, Jordan Brown. This presentation will review some of the many research projects being conducted by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, specifically with birds of prey. Ms. Brown will discuss opportunities for members of the ... Read more

Fall Birding at Bombay Hook with Chris Bennett

Leatherberry Flats by Chris Bennett Herons and egrets, shorebirds, songbirds & more at Bombay Hook! Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier birding sites in the eastern United States and it's a short trip from anywhere in the state of Delaware. Early fall is a great time to search the refuge for ... Read more

Lazy Birder Field Trip at the Peterson Refuge with Joe Francis

Rusty Blackbird by Michael Moore Explore Delaware's Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge! Birding is a great hobby, but not everyone enjoys waking up before dawn on a weekend.  If you prefer to sleep in, this is the trip for you!   Join Joe Francis and friends at Delaware‘s Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge to explore the tidal wetlands ... Read more

DOS November Meeting: “Birding Italy: the truth behind the rumors!” by Marco Valtriani

Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, Delaware

Italy surprises and delights you, whether you’re a serious observer or a casual birdwatcher. The old rumor, “Nothing to see but House Sparrows,” is completely wrong, and more and more visiting birders are having their eyes opened to the more than 550 species that call the peninsula home, from waterfowl to songbirds. Italy preserves a wide ... Read more

Youth Birders: Rushton Woods Owl Banding

*Note the evening meeting time! Northern Saw-whet Owl by Jessica Shahan It’s time for another fun evening with owls!  Join the banding crew at Rushton Woods Preserve as they work to catch and band Northern Saw-whet Owls, to help researchers discover more about their amazing annual movements and unique nocturnal adaptations.  911 Delchester Road, Newtown ... Read more

Youth Birders: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Ruddy Ducks by Michael Moore This trip is all about waterfowl!  Join us to explore the diversity of duck and goose species that move into the Mid-Atlantic region for the winter each year.  We’ll be bringing scopes to make sure we get great looks, so don’t miss out! *Annual Duck Stamp or Daily Pass required ... Read more

Youth Birders: Wilmington Christmas Bird Count

White-throated Sparrow by Carolyn Holland Join us for the 124th annual Christmas Bird Count!  We will be counting all of the birds we can see and hear to help track continent-wide trends in bird diversity and abundance.  The data collected is used by scientists working to protect bird habitats and populations. Meeting location TBD Please ... Read more

DOS December Meeting: “A trip to Darwin’s Isles” by Jim White

Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, Delaware

Jim will take us on a tour of the Galapagos Islands and all its magical and unique creatures. The next best thing to going there. Jim is widely known to the DOS members as a Past President and winner of the DOS Conservation Award. He also coordinates the Christmas Bird Counts in Delaware for DOS. ... Read more

Midwinter Bird Walk at Alapocas with Sally O’Byrne

Golden-crowned Kinglet by Carolyn Holland Explore Alapocas Woods for wintering birds Come out and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods and fields during winter! Contact Carolyn at [email protected] if you have any questions about this trip. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn near the traffic circle on ... Read more