Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Canada Warbler Steve Gosser
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Steve Gosser

Take a Photographic Journey

The Three Rivers Birding Club's program on Wednesday, February 4, will be a sure-to-be-dazzling show by one of our club's favorite photographers, Steve Gosser.

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

In his presentation titled "Steve's Journey into Birding," he will share his favorite photos and experiences since he began what Steve calls "my wonderful hobby of birding" nearly 10 years ago. Here is how Steve describes himself:

"I've only been to the eastern states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, and Florida. So far, I have photographed 314 different species.

"I work in an insurance company claims department in Pittsburgh, but I'm a weekend warrior for birding adventures. I try to fit in at least one day to get out, enjoy nature, and see what kind of birds I can photograph. I've had gallery exhibits and have been published in Birding magazine, the Post-Gazette, the Valley News Dispatch, several Audubon publications, and many local newsletters, journals, and websites.

"About 10 years ago I got my first decent DSLR camera and quickly gravitated towards nature photography. Before that, in the 1990s I was an art/design major at Edinboro University and took tons of art classes which helped develop an 'artist's eye' for composition, light, tonal balances, contrasts, spatial relationships, etc. I am mostly a self-taught photographer, but having all that art background definitely gave me an edge with taking nice pictures.

"Around 2005, I started taking pictures of birds (mostly out the window at the birds at the backyard feeder), and for the first time started paying attention to birds and trying to identify them.

"About a year later, I fell hook, line, and sinker into birding. In January 2006 I went to Glade Dam Lake in Butler County and laid eyes on my first pair of Bald Eagles. I never knew that eagles could be found in this part of the country and never imagined I would ever see them. Seeing them that day was a euphoric moment and made me realize just how incredibly exhilarating, fun and enjoyable birding could be. After that I was hooked!

"I discovered the more I got into birding and photographing birds, the more I became addicted to it. Now, whenever I schedule time off from work, it's always based on the good birding times, and when I go on vacation, it's all about trying to see as many birds as possible. It has become part of my entire lifestyle!

"I grew up in Lower Burrell and currently live in New Kensington. I like to bird many places nearby including Harrison Hills Park and Crooked Creek Lake, but you can find me anywhere in western Pennsylvania wherever good birds can be found."

What's New? (12/27/2014)

   Membership Meeting Minutes for December 10, 2014.

   The January-February 2015 issue of the Peregrine is available now available.

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

   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 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