Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Black Turnstone photographed by Mike Fialkovich
Black Turnstone photographed by
Mike Fialkovich at Ventura, California©

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 club's historian.

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.

What's New? (1/2/2016)

   The January/February 2016 issue of the Peregrine is now available.

   Membership Meeting Minutes from December 9, 2015.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2014 activities and 2014 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!

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