Next 3RBC Membership Meeting

Wayne Laubscher
A Gray Jay welcomes Wayne Laubscher
to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario.
(photo by Art Schiavo)

Frosty Forests and Frozen Fields: Winter Birrrding in Ontario

“Going north in the winter for birdwatching? Yes!” says Wayne Laubscher from Clinton County, one of Pennsylvania’s expert birders. For seeing species, “it’s quality more than quantity,” he emphasizes, and we will see excitingly what Wayne means at the Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, August 2.

His program will highlight far-northern specialty birds that appear in Ontario and even the northeastern U.S. during certain winters. Irruptive species of raptors and finches, wintering northern species of waterfowl and gulls, and occasional western vagrants will be covered.

He will also discuss where and when to find them and reasons why they show up so far south of their usual range. The emphasis will be on southern and eastern Ontario and a few nearby areas in Quebec.

Wayne is the Clinton County compiler for Pennsylvania Birds magazine and is a member of the Lycoming Audubon Society board as well as the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy Technical Committee. He is a native of the Lock Haven area in Clinton County, residing in Swissdale. Recently he served as a “bio aide” for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

He is currently employed as a quality assurance technician for First Quality Water & Beverage in Lock Haven, and he bands owls and hummingbirds in his spare time.

The meeting will be held on August 2, 2017 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. The usual snacks will be available.

Future Programs:

  • October 4 — Noah Strycker, who did a record-breaking 2015 Global Big Year will share stories of his round-the-world experiences.
  • December 6 — Annual Slide-Slide featuring photos taken by our members - always a treat!!
  • February 7 — David Yeany, Conservation Planning Specialist at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • April 4 — Tom Stephenson, one of the authors of The Warbler Guide

What's New? (7/20/2017)

   The July/August 2017 issue of The Peregrine is now available. Also, see a gallery of Wayne Laubscher's spectacular winter birds.

   Please read the Membership Meeting Minutes from June 7, 2017.

   3RBC Outings for September and October 2017 have been posted.

   Check out Steve Gosser’s beautiful array of spring warblers on his blog at The Warblers!! Spring 2017.

PSO Pileated

   PSO Annual Meeting Will Feature Ted Floyd
For a tremendous birding and educational experience, go to the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s annual meeting September 15-17 at Carlisle, Cumberland County.
A long list of outings include the Blue and Kittatinny Ridges in the Michaux and Tuscarora State Forests, the Audubon Hawk Watch at Waggoner’s Gap during the peak of Broad-winged Hawk migration, a mix of history and birds at the Gettysburg battlefields, and many other hot spots in this diverse ridge-and-valley region.
The annual banquet program this year will feature Pittsburgh native Ted Floyd, now living in Colorado, who is editor of the American Birding Association’s prestigious Birding magazine. Ted’s presentation is titled “Birding in the 21st Century.” He will explain the many ways birding has changed in the past decade.
Ted has a unique approach to the topic: All of his photos on the screen will be created on the day of his program − something that would have been impossible back in the days of 35mm slide presentations. “We will see how eBird, birding apps, Xeno-Canto, smartphones, digital cameras, inexpensive recorders, social media, etc. have affected every aspect of birding. Such technical advances during the past decade have made birding far different from what we engaged in during the past century,” Ted says.
The PSO newsletter has full information about the meeting, field trips, and how to register. Beginning birders will be welcomed warmly. Experienced members will pass along their knowledge.

   Bird Conservation Groups Have Won a Fight Against a Great Lakes Wind Project
Here is some good environmental news for a change! The American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory of the Magee Marsh area have successfully halted a planned wind turbine project in a major bird migration corridor close to the shores of Lake Erie. See the complete story here Great Lakes Success Story.

   Steel Valley Trail Council's recent Raptor Row Ride organized by Roy Bires with help from other 3RBC members was a great success. See Mary Ann Thomas's article and a video on the ride at Raptor Row Ride.

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   Be sure to visit our club's Facebook page for up-to-date news on happenings with the club, member photos, or links to other birding sites.

   Thanks to Jack Solomon for compiling a list of all the 3RBC Speakers from 2001 to December 2017.

   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).

Items to Note!

Subscribe to Bird Watcher's Digest — Not a subscriber to Bird Watcher's Digest? Why not subscribe and the club will receive 50% of the subscription fee.

Pennsylvania Birds — See what you've been missing! The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) publishes previews of the current issue of Pennsylvania Birds online, which consist of the cover, table of contents, and a featured article. Anyone who does not subscribe or perhaps does not even know about PSO can now actually see a little bit of what they've been missing, and hopefully be encouraged to join PSO!

Let's Have a Young Birders Club in Pittsburgh!

On Jan. 8, 2017, at 1:30 pm, a meeting was held at the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd, 15217, in Squirrel Hill to see who was interested.  FEC and the  Pgh. Parks Conservancy graciously provided Jack Solomon a room to hold this meeting.  

The most important purpose in setting up this meeting was to find out if there was anyone around who would step up and make this club happen. This effort is not yet sponsored by 3RBC or any other organization, but it's hoped that will happen. 

See more on the results of this meeting in the February 1, 2017 meeting minutes and page 12 of the March/April edition of The Peregrine.

The Ohio Young Birders Club is held up by National Audubon as a leading example of a club for young birders. Can we get anything like it in Pittsburgh?

Here's some valuable information about how to go about forming a young birders club Young Birders Club Toolkit (PDF).

2016 was another busy year for the Three Rivers Birding Club! Mike Fialkovich has compiled a summary of the club's 2016 activities and has also compiled the 2016 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