Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Early Bird Fossil
photograph courtesy of Matthew Lamanna©

Ancient Birds Will Thrill Us
on Feb. 1

We use field guides to identify present-day birds, but who among us could identify a bird that vanished from the Earth more than a hundred million years ago? An expert who can is Dr. Matthew C. Lamanna, assistant curator in the Section of Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

He will tell us about that bird and much more on Wednesday, February 1, in one of our Three Rivers Birding Club's most unusual programs. 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 8:00.

There are a few rules to make sure that every participant has an equal opportunity:

His program is titled "The Origin of Modern Birds: New Fossil Evidence from China and Antarctica." Comprising more than 10,000 species, modern birds are today's most diverse group of land-living backboned animals. The origins of these birds from toothed, long-tailed ancestors during the Cretaceous Period (the final period of the Age of Dinosaurs) remain poorly understood.

Matt is a paleontologist and the principal dinosaur researcher at Carnegie Museum. He received his B.Sc. from Hobart College in 1997 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and 2004. Expeditions by Matt and colleagues have uncovered dozens of exquisitely preserved avian fossils, many of them including feathers and skin, from 120-million-year-old lake sediments in China.

Within the past 18 years, he directed or co-directed field expeditions to Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, and Greenland that resulted in the discovery of multiple new species of dinosaurs and other Cretaceous-aged animals. Among his studies was a bizarre bird-like dinosaur known as the "Chicken from Hell." If that doesn't whet your appetite for this 3RBC presentation, nothing will.

What's New? (1/4/2017)

   Let's Have a Young Birders Club in Pittsburgh! On Jan. 8, 2017, at 1:30 pm, come to the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd, 15217, in Squirrel Hill. See "Items to Note" below for more information.

   The January/February 2017 issue of the Peregrine is now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes from December 7, 2016.

   Thanks to Jack Solomon for compiling a list of all the 3RBC Speakers from 2001 to December 2017.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2015 activities and 2015 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   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!

Let's Have a Young Birders Club in Pittsburgh!

On Jan. 8, 2017, at 1:30 pm, come to the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd, 15217, in Squirrel Hill to see who's interested.  FEC and the  Pgh. Parks Conservancy have graciously provided Jack Solomon a room to hold this meeting.  

The most important purpose in setting up this meeting is to find out if there's anyone around who'll step up and make this club happen. This effort is not yet sponsored by 3RBC or any other organization, but it's hoped that will happen. 

This Ohio group is held up by National Audubon as a leading example of a club for young birders. Can we get anything like it in Pittsburgh?

Here's some valuable information about how to go about forming a young birders club

2015 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2015 activities and has also compiled the 2015 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