Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Puffin - Geoff Malosh
Puffin
Photo by Geoff Malosh ©

We'll Visit Iceland on August 6
With Geoff Malosh's Photos

The Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, August 6, will take us on an unforgettable trip. Geoff Malosh titles his program "Journey to the North Atlantic: Iceland," and if you've been thrilled by Geoff's previous photo shows, you'll be equally enthralled with this one.

The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors will open at 6:30pm for socializing, a business meeting will begin at 7:30, and the program will start at 8.

Geoff will take us across the "Land of Fire and Ice." In the summer of 2013, he and his wife, Kristin, spent two weeks traveling in Iceland, which is famed for its spectacular beauty and unique culture. Iceland is small (about the same area as Kentucky) with a population to match &3151; just a bit over 300,000 people.

"Of course, there are birds in Iceland. Millions of them. Iceland is not home to a large diversity of species, but it more than makes up for this shortcoming by the sheer volume of birdlife on the island. It is said that the puffins in Iceland outnumber the humans three to one in the summer months," Geoff comments.

Geoff and Kristin, say they couldn't get out of their car anywhere within 20 miles of the coastline without getting harassed by a nesting Common Redshank or dive-bombed by a territorial Arctic Tern. His photos include world-renowned bird cliffs famous for remarkably tame Atlantic Puffins and summer home to millions of seabirds, including 40% of the world's population of Razorbills.

"Add Whimbrels, Black-tailed Godwits, Parasitic Jaegers, golden-plovers, seabird colonies, ponds dotted with Red-throated Loons, waterfalls, icebergs, great seafood, 23 hours and 22 minutes of daytime, and getting strafed by nesting Great Skuas, and it all adds up to a very memorable country that invariably leaves an indelible impression on people who visit there," Geoff says.

He is a 1997 graduate of Michigan State University in 1997 with a major in physics. He started birding in 1983 just before his eighth birthday, and he says, "One of my earliest memories is a Red-eyed Vireo just ten feet away outside the bedroom window of my childhood house in Scott Township. Another early formative memory from 1984 was holding Black-throated Blue Warbler and American Redstart in my hand at Ron Leberman's banding station at Presque Isle State Park."

Geoff's yard list in Moon Township, Allegheny County, is 117 species. The last two came this spring: a Northern Waterthrush (the 25th warbler species for the yard) and a White-crowned Sparrow. His Allegheny County list is 278, and his Pennsylvania list is 363.

He has recorded birds in 39 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and has traveled to Mexico, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom including Scotland, and Iceland. He's not sure how many species he has photographed, but says it is over 500.

Geoff is an avid tennis fan. He attended the U.S. Open (2009), Australian Open (2011), and Wimbledon (2012). He is also an avid Michigan State fan and attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan 1, 2014. He recorded 16 bird species while tailgating that day.

(Editor's note: Geoff's program will conclude with what I consider the most beautiful example of all his photographic artistry. Bird, landscape, and sky combine breathtakingly.)

What's New? (7/11/2014)

   The July-August 2014 issue of the Peregrine is available now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes for June 4, 2014.

   About 3RBC has been updated with new Officers and Committee Members.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2013 activities.

   Previous year's Peregrine Newsletters have been added to the site.

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

   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 rebires@aol.com. His phone numbers are 412.241.5014 (home) and 412.216.7130 (cell).

  The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology has looked at the career of Paul Hess in Pennsylvania Birds, the journal of the organization. Jack Solomon has compiled a list of Paul's contributions and impressive accomplishments.

  Pennsylvania Birds magazine: See what you've been missing! By Geoff Malosh, Editor of Pennsylvania Birds. I am pleased to announce that we will now be publishing previews of the current issue of Pennsylvania Birds online, which will consist of the cover, table of contents, and a featured article. Now anyone who does not subscribe or perhaps does not even know about PSO can actually see a little bit of what they've been missing, and hopefully be encouraged to join PSO! Read more from Geoff about Pennsylvania Birds.

Items to Note!

2013 was yet another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2013 activities and has also compiled the 2012 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

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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