Next 3RBC Membership Meeting


Where Have All Our Whip-poor-wills Gone?
Wednesday, April 2

The far-carrying song of the Eastern Whip-poor-will is less and less often heard in our woodlands. We will learn about this mysterious species's declines at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, April 2.

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.

Patrick Snickles, a Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer in Indiana County, will tell us about the Whip-poor-will and its status in the state. A Pennsylvania native, he has a bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University and attended the game commission's Ross Leffler School of Conservation in 1995-1996.

The Eastern Whip-poor-will is a severely declining species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Breeding Bird Surveys or Pennsylvania a 96% crash in abundance from 1966 to 2011. In Allegheny County, the only place to reliably hear a Whip-poor-will is State Game Lands 203 in Marshall Township.

W. E. Clyde Todd spoke of the species this way in his 1940 Birds of Western Pennsylvania: "To the casual passer-by, the Whip-poor-will is a voice and nothing more. A disembodied voice it seems, crying out in the silence of the night, when respectable creatures have gone to bed and only bats and owls and other such uncanny wanderers are abroad." Wonderful imagery indeed!

What's New? (4/9/2014)

   Membership Meeting Minutes for April 2, 2014.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2013 activities.

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

   The March-April 2014 issue of the Peregrine is available now on-line.

   Outings for February-May, 2014 have been posted.

   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!

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