About the Club

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) — Photo© by Faniero Massoli-Novelli

The Three Rivers Birding Club was formed in July of 2001. Today, there are over 350 members who appreciate birds and the natural world of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our members are diverse: we have naturalists, teachers, plumbers, electricians, chemists, laborers, students, retirees, doctors, and others.

First and foremost, we have many outings to locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. We meet 6 times a year bringing in the most outstanding speakers we can find to discuss topics on birds and birding accompanied by digital presentations of their photos. Each December we let members present their own photos taken during the year in a annual digital 'slide-slam.'

And, we socialize with each other a lot, at meetings and outings, because we are birders who like the company of other birders.

Other Three Rivers Birding Club activities and projects are (or could someday include) Special Areas Projects (SAPs), bluebird box trail creation and maintenance, building and maintaining purple martin houses, rare and endangered bird restoration projects, collecting and cataloguing bird populations, record keeping for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and breeding bird surveys, participation in North American Migration Counts and Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs).

The club's newsletter, The Peregrine, is a bi-monthly newsletter mailed to members. This newsletter is named for Pittsburgh's most spectacular resident bird, the Peregrine Falcon. Articles that are regular features include meeting descriptions, dates and locations, club outings scheduled for each season, short reports of recent club events, recent bird sightings, and a message from the President including news, plans, and discussion about the club.

In addition to the newsletter, we have this web site and our Facebook page where members and non-members can receive up-to-date information on outings, reports from outings, and special notices that may not appear in the newsletter. Our web site includes a bulletin board where members can discuss a sighting and ask questions about birds, a gallery of member photos, trip reports, checklists of birds for Important Bird Areas and directions to birding areas around Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is our goal to maintain a web site that is first-class for a birding club that will provide members and non-members information about birding in and around Western Pennsylvania.

The club is operated by its officers and a steering committee composed of committee heads and other active members.

Officers of the club for 2017 are the following:

  • Bob VanNewkirk, President
  • Sheree Daugherty, Vice President
  • Tom Moeller, Treasurer
  • Frank Moone, Secretary

Steering Committee Members include the above officers, plus Committee Leaders and particularly active members. They comprise the following:

  • Steve Thomas, Outings Coordinator
  • Deborah Kalbfleisch, Program Director
  • Mike Fialkovich, Bird Reporting & Recording Officer, Peregrine Bird Reports Editor
  • Paul Hess, Editor of The Peregrine
  • Patience Fisher, Copy Editor
  • Sarah Gerrish, Peregrine Distribution Staff
  • Jack & Sue Solomon, co-chairs of the Hospitality Committee
  • Mabel and Glenn Matteson
  • Becky Byerly
  • Julia Pahountis-Opacic, Webmaster
  • Brian Shema, Liaison with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
  • Frank & Adrienne Izaguirre
  • Bob Machesney
  • Claire Staples

Image Gallery

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