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Blue-footed Booby
Blue-footed Booby: a Galapagos Highlight ©

Join a Naturalist to Visit the Galapagos Islands
at our April 5 Meeting

Known also as the “Enchanted Islands” at the time of Darwin’s visit in 1835, the Galapagos Islands are still a place of enchantment for the naturalist today. We will see the islands’ wildlife with naturalist Jeffrey Hall at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, April 5. His program is titled “Blue-footed, Red-billed, and Magnificent: a Galapagos Adventure.”

This volcanic archipelago on the Equator was settled by a few species of plants and animals. Over the millennia, these took advantage of the many available ecological niches to evolve into the Galapagos inhabitants that can be seen going about their lives today, unafraid of humans, each adapted to its unique setting. This program will highlight many Galapagos denizens, from Blue-footed Boobies and Darwin’s finches to Sally Lightfoot Crabs and marine iguanas.

Jeffrey is president of Bartramian Audubon Society and is active in Seneca Rocks Audubon Society. His articles and photos have appeared in many publications including Living Bird, NJ Audubon, Underwater Naturalist, Cassinia, and the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s website.

He has presented more than 100 programs for birding, nature, and photography groups, and is an instructor at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University. A retired biology teacher, he lives in Franklin, Pennsylvania. This is his second program for the Three Rivers Birding Club.

The meeting will be held on April 5, 2017 at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts at 8:00.

Future Programs:

  • June 7 — John Canter will tell us about the near-extinction of Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Asia.
  • August 2 — Wayne Laubscher, a Pennsylvania birder and photographer, will describe winter birding in Ontario.
  • October 4 — Noah Strycker, who did a record-breaking 2015 Global Big Year will share stories of his round-the-world experiences.

What's New? (3/1/2017)

   The March/April 2017 issue of The Peregrine is now available. See additonal photos of leucistic birds to accompany Tom Moeller's 'Observations' column here Leucism.

   Membership Meeting Minutes from February 1, 2017.

   Be sure to visit our club's FaceBook page for up-to-date news on happenings with the club, member photos, or links to other birding sites.

   Thanks to Jack Solomon for compiling a list of all the 3RBC Speakers from 2001 to December 2017.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2016 activities and 2016 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   A Birding Interview with the Bobs: Robert C. Leberman and Robert S. Mulvihill

   3RBC Outings for February, March, April and May 2017 have been posted.

   Outings Revisited for November 2016 have been posted.

   Hays Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring! Roy Bires has volunteered to coordinate the monitoring of the Hays Bald Eagle nest site. To help, contact Roy at His phone numbers are 412.241.5014 (home) and 412.216.7130 (cell).

  Pennsylvania Birds — See what you've been missing! The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) publishes previews of the current issue of Pennsylvania Birds online, which consist of the cover, table of contents, and a featured article. Anyone who does not subscribe or perhaps does not even know about PSO can now actually see a little bit of what they've been missing, and hopefully be encouraged to join PSO!

Items to Note!

Let's Have a Young Birders Club in Pittsburgh!

On Jan. 8, 2017, at 1:30 pm, a meeting was held at the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd, 15217, in Squirrel Hill to see who was interested.  FEC and the  Pgh. Parks Conservancy graciously provided Jack Solomon a room to hold this meeting.  

The most important purpose in setting up this meeting was to find out if there was anyone around who would step up and make this club happen. This effort is not yet sponsored by 3RBC or any other organization, but it's hoped that will happen. 

See more on the results of this meeting in the February 1, 2017 meeting minutes and page 12 of the March/April edition of The Peregrine.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is held up by National Audubon as a leading example of a club for young birders. Can we get anything like it in Pittsburgh?

Here's some valuable information about how to go about forming a young birders club Young Birders Club Toolkit (PDF).

2016 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2016 activities and has also compiled the 2016 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

Not a subscriber to Bird Watcher's Digest? Why not subscribe and the club will receive 50% of the subscription fee.

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Mission of 3RBC

To gather in friendship, to enjoy the wonders of nature and to share our passion for birds!

© Photo Credits:
Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague