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2024 Road Runners are (L to R) Sue Gruver, Rob Blye, Tom Stock, Sharon Lynn, Carol Blye, Rob Schroeder, and Nancy Cunningham.

Road Runners Update & Thank You
The DOS Bird-a-Thon results are in and our Road Runners team put another feather in their cap! The team raised $8,868, earned 1st place in their category, and finished 2nd overall.

 They want to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for everyone's support and encouragement. They couldn't have done it without all of YOU!  Here's the backstory:

On May 8 the Road Runners Bird-a-Thon team spent 12 hours combing Sussex County looking for birds. Here's a link to their eBird trip report with a map and checklists of the 118 species they found:

The annual DOS Bird-a-Thon raises funds to help purchase and conserve wildlife habitat in Delaware.

Coming Events

July 16* New Date - Bombay Hook NWR
July 23 - *NO Field Trip Scheduled*
Aug. 1 - Prime Hook NWR
Aug. 8 - Milford Neck WA & Big Stone Beach
Aug. 15 - Cape Henlopen State Park
Aug. 26 - Chincoteague NW Refuge
Eagle Sketch

Download the 2024 Field Trip Schedule for April-July

Spread the word! Prime Hook NWR offers free bird walks on the first Saturday of each month (Feb-June 2024). Our club provides the leaders for these walks. Check the PHNWR events page for details.

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.


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. Dues can be paid online (preferred), at the January meeting, or by mail. A membership form is part of the online payment process. If paying by mail, please download and print a membership form here and send it with a 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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