Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Western Sandpiper Chick - Lukas Padegimas
Western Sandpiper Chick©
Lukas Padegimas

A Great Arctic Adventure Awaits Us
on October 1

You've got to be tough to band shorebirds in the Arctic, and young Lukas Padegimas, our Three Rivers Birding Club speaker on October 1, will tell us about his challenge and his satisfaction. The Western Sandpiper chick in the photo is one of the birds in his study area.

The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting will begin at 7:30, and the program will start at 8.

Lukas says, "As 17-year-old me stepped out of the helicopter on a foggy afternoon onto the tussock marshland of Cape Kruzenstern National Monument, AK, I looked around at the flat, gray, and seemingly desolate frozen landscape and asked myself, 'What am I doing here?'

"The thermometer stated that the temperatures stood in the low 30s, but the wind chill made it feel like the low teens. There went the helicopter, and here I remained to participate in this remote field camp as part of a five-year study on nesting shorebirds for the Artic Shorebird Demographic Network. The next two months of my life transformed a sheltered suburban kid into a man while the tundra awoke from its slumber into the vast green nesting grounds of a remarkable variety of birds.

"Despite the hard work involved in operating at a remote field camp in the Alaskan Arctic, it was an adventure of a lifetime."

Ever since he saw his first Scarlet Tanager at age 12 on a Sunday bird walk, Lukas has loved birds and birding. Having caught the travel bug at an early age, he also dreamed of traveling into remote and exotic places. Those dreams came true — first an opportunity to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in studying shorebirds at a remote field camp in Cape Kruzenstern, Alaska, and next as an intern with Wildside Nature Tours to Ecuador.

Lukas's travels have taken him to the jungles of Ecuador, the Inca trails and deserts of Peru, the classic world of European Russia, and the great cities of Western Europe. He is currently a student at the Cleveland Marshall School of Law, but he says, "The future, of course, remains unwritten, especially when an opportunity beacons a new adventure."

What's New? (8/30/2014)

   Membership Meeting Minutes for August 6, 2014.

   The September-October 2014 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.

   Mike Fialkovich has summarized our club's 2013 activities.

   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.

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