Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Kevin Karlson
Kevin Karlson©

Learn a New Way to ID Birds
"by Impression"

We'll take a helpful step forward in bird identification at our Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, August 5, with a program sponsored for us by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Kevin Karlson, an acclaimed author and expert birder, will discuss identification tips that he and his wife, Dale Rosselet, suggest in their important new book Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of the Peterson Reference Guide series.

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.

The authors' approach to identification concentrates on basic impressions of size, body shape, structural features such as bills, legs, motion, and behavior. The goal is to form an accurate first impression that will progress toward a correct ID.

Kevin will describe the method in a multi-media presentation that includes videos and music. "Rather than a traditional field guide, this book presents an interactive how-to approach to a more complete identification process," he says.

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.

Kevin's other credits are diverse. He served as head ornithologist, photo researcher, and submitter of nearly 800 photos for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Guide to Birds of North America CD-ROM; contributed chapters to Good Birders Don't Wear White and Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die by Chris Santella; provided 170 photos for the North American Bird Reference Book CD-ROM, and was photographic editor for The Birds of New Jersey.

He spent the summers of 1992-95 as a wildlife biologist in the Alaskan Arctic conducting research focusing on birds in that fragile habitat. Some of his photos taken during those studies were published as a 1999 calendar titled Birds of the Arctic Tundra.

See a large collection of Kevin's pictures on his website He and Dale live in Cape May, New Jersey.

What's New? (6/20/2015)

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2014 activities and 2014 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   Membership Meeting Minutes for April 1, 2015.

   The May-June 2015 issue of the Peregrine is available now available.

   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.

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