Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Bald Knob, PA©

Winter Surveys Can Tell Us Much About Raptor Behavior

A prominent Pennsylvania scientist and birder will tell us more than we ever knew about the state's wintering raptors at our Three River Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, June 3. He is Gregory Grove, a professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Penn State University, who originated a statewide project called the annual Winter Raptor Survey that has received national attention.

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.

Greg lives in Huntingdon County and works in the DNA analysis lab at Penn State. He and wife Deb started birding as graduate students at Ohio State in 1979. His birding interests include the distribution of bird species in central Pennsylvania and methods of surveying populations.

He founded the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch, the Lake Raystown Christmas Bird Count, the Pennsylvania Winter Raptor Survey, and Breeding Bird Surveys in Rothrock State Forest. Greg is past president of the State College Bird Club and the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and was a Regional Coordinator during the Breeding Bird Atlas. He is co-author of Birds of Central Pennsylvania with Nick Bolgiano

Since 2001 the surveys have documented trends including a sharp decline in American Kestrels, as well as fluctuating numbers of raptors from the north such as Rough-legged Hawks. This year's surveys were run in 65 of the state’s 67 counties, and the surveyors logged an overall total of 796 hours of observation.

What's New? (4/24/2015)

   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.

   About 3RBC has been updated with new Officers and Committee Members.

   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