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
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.