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Hooded Warbler Hooded Warbler incubating eggs photographed by Ronald L. Mumme
Hooded Warbler incubating eggs
photographed by Ronald L. Mumme©

Look into the Lives of Hooded Warblers

We'll get a rare glimpse into the subtle behavior of Hooded Warblers at our next Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, April 6. Ronald L. Mumme, a biology professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, will give us a presentation with an intriguing title: "The Evolution of Contrasting Plumage Patterns in Warblers: Why It Isn't Always About Sex."

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 8:00.

Ron has conducted field research on Hooded Warblers in Crawford County since 2010, including a study of the relationship between plumage patterns of males and females. Males have slightly more white in their tail than females, and we will find out how this apparently minor difference (to human eyes) may affect differences in males' and females' success in foraging for insect food and for other behavior.

He became interested in birds, birding, and ornithology in 1973 as a sophomore at the University of South Florida. He received his B.A. in biology from USF in 1975 and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984. He has been at Allegheny College since 1990 after studying Acorn Woodpeckers in California, Florida Scrub-Jays in Florida, and Slate-throated Redstarts in Costa Rica. If you'd like to see his tremendous variety of research and publications, see

What's New? (3/7/2016)

   The March/April 2016 issue of the Peregrine is now available.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2015 activities and 2015 Birds Reported in Allegheny County.

   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!

2015 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2015 activities and has also compiled the 2015 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