Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

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

Pennsylvania's Forest Birds Need Help.
We'll Learn Why at Our February 7 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 7, 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? (12/9/2017)

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 November/December 2017 issue of The Peregrine is now available. Also, see additional photos of Tom Moeller's 'Observations' column on Extralimital Birds.

   Please read the Membership Meeting Minutes from October 4, 2017.

   Birding Opportunities for December 2017 have been posted.

   Bird Outings for January, February, and March 2018 have been posted.

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.

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

BirdSafe Logo

   Free BirdSafe Window Treatment offer extended through December!!!
Did you know that nearly a BILLION birds die each year from colliding with windows in the United States? Nearly half of the collisions take place at homes just like yours. You may have seen a collision or know where one occurred on your home. If you know of a bird having collided with your windows, we'd like to help! As a member of the Allegheny Bird Conservation Alliance, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has obtained grant money to provide some easy-to-use window collision mitigation products free of charge for you to install on your home.
Matt Webb, the museum's Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator, speaks to lots of people about birds and windows. Everyone has a story about a bird colliding with some window on their home, and most of the time they tell him that they see the collision take place on a specific window or two. It’s these “problem windows” that account for most of the window collisions on homes, and taking a small amount of time to install something on the window can keep the birds in your yard safe for years! Help to reduce the number of birds that die each year!
We'll offer three options for people to choose from. This should be enough to cover 3 to 5 regular sized windows. From what we've seen most people tend to know where the problem windows are, and it's these windows that should receive the treatments. Each of these products have been tested in the flight tunnel at Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Powdermill Nature Reserve, and have proven to be effective at causing birds to avoid them. Read more about Powdermill's tunnel testing here: Saving the Songbird.
There are 3 options:
2 rolls of Feather Friendly's DIY tape: Feather Friendly.
3 rolls of ABC BirdTape: ABC.
200 ft. of parachute cord to make Acopian BirdSavers:BirdSavers. Detailed instructions for installation will be included with each product.
If you are interested in receiving a product to reduce window collisions on your home, please contact Matt Webb at before the end of December. If you have any questions, please email Matt or you can call him at (412)622-5591.

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 42+ species seen on the DEAD MAN'S HOLLOW outing (October 7) on eBird: Dead Man's Hollow List

   View the 27 species seen on the FRICK PARK outing (October 8) on eBird: Frick Park List

   View the 55 species seen on the PYMATUNING AREA outing (October 8) in a PDF: Pymatuning List

   View the 42 species seen on the MORAINE STATE PARK outing (October 22) in a PDF: Moraine List

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

Wind Turbine

Bird Conservation Groups Have Won a Fight Against a Great Lakes Wind Project
Here is some good environmental news for a change! The American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory of the Magee Marsh area have successfully halted a planned wind turbine project in a major bird migration corridor close to the shores of Lake Erie. See the complete story here Great Lakes Success Story.

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!

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.

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 edition as well as on page 5 of the September/October edition of The Peregrine.

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.

The next event for young birders, where it is hoped steps will be taken to more formally establish a young birders club, is the Winter Bird Count for Kids (PDF), on Saturday. December 16, 2017 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, at the Brookline Memorial Recreation Center: 1399 Oakridge Street; Pittsburgh, PA 15226.
There is limited space in this program! Participants are required to register by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Contact Erica McGrath at or by calling 412.571.3222

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