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See an Amazing Road Trip to Alaska

Can you imagine this challenge? Roger and Margaret Higbee, 3RBC members from Indiana County and two of Pennsylvania's most respected birders, not only imagined it but accomplished it. They took an 11,400-mile trip to Alaska and back in their van, on their own, traveling as far north as the Arctic Ocean.

Roger will tell us about their extraordinary odyssey at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, October 7. 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.

His program is titled "To Alaska and Back: The Fun of Driving and Birding to and from Our 49th State." The presentation will include his photos of the amazing scenery of Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon, as well as the birds, the wildflowers, and the wildlife, along with tales that made the trip so memorable.

Roger and Margaret had discussed a potential trip to Alaska several times and had postponed it for about 10 years. They finally decided to take the plunge the first year of Roger's retirement. Their goal was to reach Alaska as quickly as possible, see the state, and return as quickly as possible. These plans were quickly altered once on the road because of the beautiful scenery.

A member of the Brooks Bird Club, 3RBC, Todd Bird Club, Ontario Field Ornithologists, and the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, Roger has been actively birding since 1972, but because his mother was a birder, he was already familiar with many species.

He is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader, and wildlife photographer and has published many important bird and nature related articles for magazines, books, and journals over the past 20 years. These include, as coauthor, one of the most highly regarded and comprehensive field guides of the past decade: The Shorebird Guide.

He has birded across the U.S. and Canada. He has served as president of Todd Bird Club several times and has been active on the PSO board of directors since 1992, serving as secretary since 1996. Since retiring in September of 2012, he and Margaret have taken many shorter birding trips besides their trip to Alaska. Roger says they have discussed returning to Alaska in the near future.

What's New? (8/29/2015)

   The September-October 2015 issue of the Peregrine is available now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes for June 3, 2015.

   Membership Meeting Minutes for August 5, 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.

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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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Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague