We'll Visit Southern California with Mike Fialkovich
Mike Fialkovich, one Pennsylvania's foremost birders and 3RBC's Bird Reports Editor, will take us on an
exciting tour of Southern California's diverse habitats, birds, and other wildlife at our meeting on
Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
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.
From 234 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to just over 8,000 feet above sea level in the San Bernardino
Mountains, to the Channel Islands and deserts, Mike's program will show us a wide variety of nature offered by the
Golden State. His presentation covers places he visited as part of an Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania tour
in September 2015.
He is vice president of the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology and a member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological
Records Committee (PORC). For the journal Pennsylvania Birds, he has been a county compiler for Allegheny and Fayette
Counties since 1994 and a seasonal editor since 2001. Mike has also authored seven articles published in Pennsylvania
Birds and has submitted 35 rare bird reports to PORC.
Mike has led many outings for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Three Rivers Birding Club since
the 1990s. He is a founding member of 3RBC, and he has served not only as the bird reports editor but also as the
He was a regional coordinator for the second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas project and authored the Killdeer
and Eastern Phoebe accounts for the atlas. Mike has conducted a breeding bird survey for the U.S. Geological Service
in Butler County since 1995, made winter raptor surveys in Allegheny and Butler Counties since 2001, and served as a
Christmas Bird Count leader and data compiler in Pittsburgh since 1992.
Mike's awards and activities go beyond ornithology. He received the W.E. Clyde Todd Award from the Audubon Society
of Western Pennsylvania for significant contributions to conservation in the region. He has been an instructor for the
Conservation Ecology Certification program at Chatham College, was a volunteer assistant at Powdermill Nature Reserve
catching, processing and recording data on small mammals, served as a consultant in plant and habitat identification for
the Nine Mile Run Watershed project, and participated in surveys for the Pennsylvania Herpetological Atlas.