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Help us put numbers on this board! The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch began on Friday, September 1st. We need volunteers to help with the count through November 30th. No experience necessary, just bring your binoculars and let any of the counters know that you want to help. The platform is staffed 9-4 daily and weekends; every hour you contribute helps. Click here for more information.

Where were the Red Knots this year? New Jersey!
Our 2023 SBC field trip to Dupont Nature Center found only 10-20 red knots. Read this article about New Jersey's improved red knot numbers and reasons for their success.


Delaware residents can help save migratory shorebirds by purchasing a newly issued license plate. For more information go to the Delaware Ornithological Society's webpage or the DMV website.

Mark your calendars!
The SBC August-December PRELIMINARY field trip schedule can be downloaded here.

Oct. 8 - "Big Sit" at CHSP
Oct. 17 - Field Trip to Redden State Forest
Oct. 27 - Field Trip to Nanticoke WA

Attention Nature Photographers! October 7 deadline!
Learn about the Friends of Prime Hook 2023 Nature Photography Contest


A Conservation Access Pass is required for any registered motor vehicle that’s used to access State Wildlife Areas for hunting, bird-watching, photography and similar recreational activities. An annual pass is valid from July 1-June 30. A resident senior lifetime pass is now available. See the DNREC website for more information and to purchase a pass. Here's another DNREC page of interest: "Wildlife Viewing in Delaware's Wildlife Areas."

Want to make a difference? DNREC wants YOU!
DNREC is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with a variety of activities such as the
Piping Plover Program, Delaware Shorebird Project, Osprey Monitoring, and more. Check it out!

About the Sussex Bird Club

The Sussex Bird Club was formed in 1982 by its first president Bill Fintel, and has grown to over 100 members. Meetings are held at the Lewes Public Library seven times a year, generally on the second Sunday of the month. (There are no meetings in June, July, August, or December.) Business transactions are kept short, and there is always an interesting program related to wild birds. 

The Sussex Bird Club's primary objective is to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of wild birds through guided field trips and monthly meetings about various aspects of birding.


Our meetings, field trips, and events are open to all. We have an exciting schedule of field trips to the many outstanding birding areas within Sussex County, as well as trips to birding hotspots beyond Delaware's borders. Beginning birders are always welcome, and birders of all levels will enjoy the camaraderie and the variety of birding experiences.  


Our members are interested in bird conservation, and many volunteer in other capacities, such as monitoring piping plover nests or supporting the Hawk Watch at Cape Henlopen State Park.

 More detailed information on these and other activities can be reached via the menu bar at the top, or by clicking on the buttons below, or by sending an email to

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Club Membership and Dues

Annual dues are $30 per family and $20 for single membership, payable January 1 each year. You can pay your dues at the January meeting or mail a check, whichever is more convenient. (We do not take credit cards.) Click the button below to download and print a membership form, or fill out your contact information using the email message form on the Contact page.  Provide your mailing address, email address and a phone number.  Make your check payable to Sussex Bird Club. Our mailing address is Sussex Bird Club, PO Box 177, Lewes,  DE  19958. 

Club Officers

President - Ann Dinkel

Vice-President for Programming - Nancy Cunningham

Vice President for Field Trips - Rob Blye

Treasurer -  John Long

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