Throughout the year, we have many outings to locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For a more comprehensive calendar of birding and other Western Pennsylvania natural history outings and outdoor activities of other groups, see the links at the bottom of this page under the heading of "Events Calendars".

If you are birding Frick Park, take a copy of the Checklist of Birds of Frick Park with you and if you are birding Shenango Reservoir, download the Shenango Bird Checklist.

Outings are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, contact the leader in advance to confirm whether the outing is on or canceled. Also, contact the leader with any questions about weather, driving directions, or trail conditions.

In the event of a late cancellation of or a change to any of our outings, please check the Three Rivers Birding Club Facebook page or the "What's New?" section of the Home page of this website for the latest information on outings, cancellations, and other events that could not make our newsletter's deadline.

3RBC Current Outings — May 2018

    Friday May 4 - Sewickley Heights Borough Park Kentucky Warbler

    In collaboration with the Fern Hollow Nature Center, Bob VanNewkirk (412-366-1694 or email at, will lead this bird walk at Sewickley Heights Borough Park. The walks begin at 8:00 AM starting from the upper parking lot. Directions to the park can be found on the 3RBC's website Birding Locations. Birders should be prepared for muddy trails. Bring a lunch or snacks and water if you wish to continue birding in the afternoon at selected places along Little Sewickley Creek Road.

    Saturday May 5 - Harrison Hills Park Birding Harrison Hills

    Meet leader Jim Valimont (412-828-5338) at 8:00 AM at this county park off Freeport Road between Natrona Heights and Freeport. As you enter the park, bear right and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road. The parking lot is near the pond. Dress for wet grass and mud. Previous spring outings have produced a nice variety of warblers, Philadelphia and Yellow-throated Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers. See our 3RBC Birding Locations page for directions.

    Friday May 11 - Presque Isle State Park Birding Presque Isle

    This trip to one of Pennsylvania's greatest birding locations will be led by Bob VanNewkirk (412-366-1694 or email at The migration should still be well underway, but you never know what to expect here. Presque Isle has produced some of Pennsylvania's best (and only) records of some rarities. Bring a lunch, snacks and water for this all day outing.
    Meet at 8:00 AM at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. From Pittsburgh, take I-79 North until it ends. Take the exit for Route 5 West (also called West 12th Street) and continue for about one mile. Turn right onto Route 832, which leads directly into the park. Allow 2 and a half hours driving time.

    Friday May 11 - Sewickley Heights Borough Park Baltimore Oriole

    In collaboration with the Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sheree Daugherty ( will lead this bird walk at Sewickley Heights Borough Park. The walks begin at 8:00 AM starting from the upper parking lot. Besides birding in the park we will drive and make stops along Little Sewickley Creek. Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Warbling Vireo nest in the area.
    Directions to the park can be found on the 3RBC Birding Locations page. Birders should be prepared for muddy trails. It is also advisable to bring water and a lunch.

    Saturday May 12 - Deer Lakes Park Deer Lakes Park

    Todd Hooe(; 412-805-6909) and Oliver Lindhiem will lead this outing focusing on spring migrants (warblers, flycatchers, vireos, etc.). The outing will begin at 6:30 AM and run until about 11:30AM. We will meet at the small lot across from Wagman Observatory at these GPS coordinates: 40.625309, -79.813333. We will hike approximately 3-4 miles during this outing. Although the trails are pretty well maintained, please dress for possible wet grass, mud and rainfall.

    Saturday, May 19 - R. K. Bell Memorial Bird Walk Bell Bench

    Sponsored by the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club of Greene County
    Meet at 2:00 pm on the Greene River Trail at Rices Landing
    We suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes early as there is a short walk to the location. Any questions contact Marjorie Howard at 724-984-2421.
    For directions see the brochure: Bell Memorial Walk.

3RBC Current Outings — June 2018

    Saturday June 9 - Laurel Mountain Black-throated Blue Warbler

    Meet leader Mike Fialkovich (412-303-0010) at 7:00 am at the Dairy Queen at Exit 91 Donegal of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
    Just as the breeding season is getting underway and you are missing the migrating warblers, come visit many of them on their breeding grounds on Laurel Mountain. Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, a few Magnolia Warblers and many other species breed in the high elevation forests on the mountain. We will begin the outing with a short walk from the parking area to Spruce Flats Bog to listen for Hermit Thrushes, and we should see Dark-eyed Juncos that breed in the area. Vireos, flycatchers and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers should be seen and heard.
    We will be hiking the Wolf Rocks Trail through Forbes State Forest out to the Wolf Rocks Overlook which is about a two mile hike round trip. It's level but a bit rocky. The habitat is forest with an understory of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. Be prepared with good hiking boots or shoes that are good for trail walking. Bring a lunch if you like, and we can eat upon conclusion of the hike at the picnic area next to the parking lot.
    Meet at the Dairy Queen at Exit 91 Donegal of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 7 am. Take the turnpike east to the Donegal Exit. After passing through the toll booths, turn left onto RT. 31 East and the Dairy Queen will be a short distance on the left. A McDonald's and a BP gas station are on the opposite side of the road where restrooms are available. Allow an hour or so from Monroeville; Donegal is 34 miles from Monroeville.
    We will be driving from the meeting location up to Laurel Summit State Park where we will park and begin the hike. Laurel Summit is basically a picnic area. Mike will have directions, but we will caravan up to the summit.

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Mission of 3RBC

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

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