Next 3RBC Membership Meeting


    Due to the inclement weather predicted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the 3RBC Steering Committee decided to cancel the meeting with David Yeany. Icy roads and snow were the reasons for this cancellation. We want everyone to be safe.

However, we are glad to report that this meeting with David Yeany has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the same time, same place!! We hope to see you then (weather permitting)!

Black & White Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
(photo by David Yeany)

Pennsylvania's Forest Birds Need Help.
We'll Learn Why at Our February 21 Meeting

Nearly 40% of all birds classified as "Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Pennsylvania" depend on high-quality forest habitats for their best chance of nesting successfully. We will learn about threats to that success at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, February 21, and we will find out what ecologists in Pennsylvania are doing to help these forest species.
Our speaker is David Yeany, a conservation planning specialist and ornithologist for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Pittsburgh.
His presentation titled "Conserving Pennsylvania's Forest Interior Birds and their Habitats" will cover many species including perennial birding favorites such as Swainson's Thrush, Canada Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager.
David joined the Natural Heritage Program in 2011, working on variety of ecology, conservation planning, and ornithology projects, including spatial analysis, mapping important habitats for rare taxa, population monitoring, and research wildlife habitat relationships.
David Yeany He has a M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and a B.S. in Biology from Messiah College. David has worked for National Audubon Society, Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry doing various wildlife and habitat inventory and research. He is a native of Forest County and currently lives with his wife, Colleen, northeast of Pittsburgh.
The meeting will be held 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:

  • April 4, 2018 — Tom Stephenson, one of the authors of The Warbler Guide
  • June 6, 2018 — Kathy Miller will show photos of the birds and the people of Papua New Guinea.
  • October 3, 2018 — Bill Beatty will present "Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads"
  • December 5, 2018 — Annual "Slide Slam" of members' best photos - always a treat to see!

What's New? (2/14/2018)

Hear Noah Strycker's October 4 Presentation
Noah Strycker

   Noah Strycker’s program at our October 4, 2017 membership meeting was one of the best and most well-attended presentations in our history. Not every speaker does, but Noah allowed us to record his program and make it available to our members who were not able to be there for it. His enthusiasm, humor, and engaging manner come through very well on this taped presentation. There are none of his spectacular photos, unfortunately, but the audio recording is still entertaining.
Use the audio controls below to hear Noah Strycker's complete 70-minute presentation given at the 3RBC meeting on October 4.

   The January/February 2018 issue of The Peregrine is now available. Also, see additional photos of Tom Moeller's 'Observations' column on Sexual Dimorphism (PDF). Plus, read Kathleen Siebert's article on her journey to Ecuador Take the "Sun Route" to Enjoy Ecuador's Avian Wealth, and Geoff Malosh's tale of chasing the sun's eclipse A Different Kind of Chase: Not for Birds This Time..

   Please read the Membership Meeting Minutes from December 6, 2017, our "slide-slam" meeting.

   Bird Outings for February, March, April, and May 2018 have been posted on our Outings page.

   2017 was a very busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2017 activities and has also compiled the 2017 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

Bullock's Oriole

   See John Hayes' article from the January 19, 2018 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the Christmas Bird Counts held this past c-o-l-d December, 2017. The results include the western Bullock's Oriole found in Hampton Twp. (photo on right) and several gulls found in Pittsburgh rivers during the winter. CBC Results

Kate St. John with Todd Award

   Kate St. John is This Year's Winner of the W.E. Clyde Todd Award
Congratulations to Kate St. John, this year's recipient of the W.E. Clyde Todd Award, presented by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on December 7, 2017. The award was established in 1971 and is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding effort to further the cause of conservation in Pennsylvania.
Kate writes a daily blog "Outside My Window" about happenings in Nature and well as contributing to the "Bird Files" of The Allegheny Front, a public radio program and website covering environmental issues. She leads monthly nature walks in Pittsburgh parks, and helps monitor the Peregrine Falcons at the Cathedral of Learning.
Kate also worked with the Save Hays Woods Coalition in 2006 to stop strip mining proposed in the area, making the area safe for the Hays eagles to find a home there in 2013. Plus, there are a host of other projects to which she has contributed.
In accepting the award, Kate credited both Chuck Tague and Esther Allen, who gave her inspiration and encouragement, for setting glowing examples to aim for in educating people to be aware of Nature, understand it, enjoy it, and preserve it.
(photo by Ramona Sahni)

Installing the EagleCam

   A New, Improved EagleCam Has Been Set Up at the Hays Nest
PixController, the company which provides the camera for the Hays EagleCam, has installed a new camera over the replacement nest built last February when the tree with the second nest fell in a storm. See John Hayes article on this new, improved camera along with a short video featuring Brian Shema of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania: Close Watch.

See the new camera in action (6 am to 6 pm daily) at this link: Hays EagleCam.

Bird Species Lists of Recent Outings

   View the 35 species seen on the special MORAINE STATE PARK outing (Sept 26) on eBird: Moraine List.

   View the 49+ species seen on the YELLOW CREEK STATE PARK outing (November 4) on eBird: Yellow Creek List

   View the 74 species seen on the BUFFALO CREEK (PABK) 15th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT on December 17 as compiled by Larry Helgerman, area leader: Buffalo Creek CBC Species List (PDF).

   View the 63 species seen on the PITTSBURGH CITY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT on December 30 as compiled by Mike Fialkovich, area leader: Pittsburgh City CBC Species Checklist (PDF).
See also Mike Fialkovich's compilation of the species and count totals of the Pittsburgh City CBC's from 2000 to 2017 at this link: Pittsburgh City CBC Totals 2000-2017 (PDF).

   View the 22 species seen on the FRICK PARK Dead of Winter Walk outing (January 27) on eBird: Frick Park List

Items to Note!

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Powdermill featured in Birding magazine
Paul Hess, our editor of The Peregrine, also writes a column - "News and Notes" - for the American Birding Association's Birding magazine. See his June 2017 column which includes a look at the work done at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County. The column also covers eggs of the Common Murre and the Black Rail. The piece on Powdermill is the third part of Paul’s column.

Snail Kite

Things Looked Bleak Until Snail Kites Rapidly Evolved Bigger Beaks Over a 13 Year Span!
See more details of this heartening news as the numbers of Snail Kites rebound in the Florida Everglades.
Snail Kites

Steel Valley Trail Council's recent Raptor Row Ride organized by Roy Bires with help from other 3RBC members was a great success. See Mary Ann Thomas's article and a video on the ride at Raptor Row Ride.

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

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

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

PSO Pileated

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!

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 to see who was interested.  FEC and the Pittsburgh 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.
See more on the progress in forming this club in the February 1, 2017 meeting minutes, on page 12 of the March/April 2017 issue as well as on page 5 of the September/October 2017 issue of The Peregrine.

Young Birders Get-together A successful Young Birders Get-Together (PDF) was held November 11, 2017 at Frick Environmental Center. Details of the event can be found on the club's Facebook page and on page 11 of the January/February 2018 issue of The Peregrine..

The Young Birders Club is gaining momentum! An outing is being planned for March at Pymatuning State Park in Linesville, Crawford County. Here are the details:
Pymatuning State Park represents one of the best places in Pennsylvania to observe migrating waterfowl and raptors like Bald Eagles. Participants and their parents will meet at the former Wildlife Learning Center on the Linesville side of the park, just up from the spillway. Ages should be from 8 to 18. Parents must be present and arrange transportation for their children. Bald Eagle
Where: Pymatuning State Park Linesville / Old Wildlife Learning Center location - Click for interactive map.
Date: March 24, 2018 from 8am to 12 pm
This event is free.
Contact Chris Kubiak at or 412-963-6100 for more information on registration and other questions.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is held up by National Audubon as a leading example of a club for young birders.
Here's some valuable information about how to go about forming a young birders club Young Birders Club Toolkit (PDF).

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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