Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Wood Stork photographed by Bob Greene
Wood Stork
photographed by Bob Greene©

Members' Photos Will Thrill Us on Dec. 9

Beautiful portraits. . .  thrilling action shots. . .  super-rarities. . .  back yard visitors. Our 3RBC meeting on Wednesday, December 9, will be a “slide slam,” one of the club's traditionally best attended programs when members present their favorite images of birds.

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. (Note that this is the second Wednesday of the month and not the usual first Wednesday date.)

An important new protocol is enacted for photographers who want to thrill the crowd — to assure that everyone has an equal opportunity.

Because of time constraints at the Garden Center and an increasing number of members who want to show their work, some new guidelines are necessary. Beginning with this December program, if you are a photographer and want to show a brief assortment of your photos, you must pre-register. Here are the guidelines:

— Photographers must pre-register by emailing Debbie Kalbfleisch at or by calling her at 724.651.5426 by November 1st.

— The first 10 photographers to respond will be scheduled to present. Because of time limitations, only 10 can be accepted.

— Each photographer will be allotted up to 5 minutes of presentation time. If fewer than 10 photographers pre-register, the presenters' time will be adjusted upward.

— Photos must be contained on a thumb drive and be compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. No images may be stored and downloaded from the Cloud.

President Bob VanNewkirk explains, "The new pilot program is intended to offer a fair way for club members to present their photographs in a timely and equitable manner. Thank you for consideration and understanding."

So, we will be able to see photos from more members. Good advice to photographers: Hurry to register right away!

What's New? (10/29/2015)

   The November/December 2015 issue of the Peregrine is now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes for October 7, 2015.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2014 activities and 2014 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   Ralph Bell: A Life of Honor in Science and Conservation.

   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 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!

2014 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2014 activities and has also compiled the 2014 Birds Reported in Allegheny County summary.

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

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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