Three Rivers Birding Club Outings

Throughout the year, we have many outings to locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For a more comprehensive calendar of birding and other Western Pennsylvania natural history outings and outdoor activities of other groups, see the links at the bottom of this page under the heading of "Events Calendars".

If you are birding one of the areas listed below, download a PDF copy of the birding checklist provided and take it with you:

Outings are free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, contact the leader in advance to confirm whether the outing is on or canceled. Also, contact the leader with any questions about weather, driving directions, or trail conditions.

In the event of a late cancellation of or a change to any of our outings, please check the Three Rivers Birding Club Facebook page or the "What's New?" section of the Home page of this website for the latest information on outings, cancellations, and other events that could not make our newsletter's deadline.

Area Christmas Bird Counts will be held in December 2019 and January 2020

    Saturday, December 28, 2019 - Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Counts

    The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) annually. This year it will held on Saturday, December 28. If you know where you would like to participate, please contact one of the area leaders listed below for instructions on where to meet, or if you prefer to watch your bird feeders, let the leader know of your participation, and he/she can send you the appropriate materials:

    Fox Chapel - Brian Shema, 412-963-6100;
    Franklin Park- Stacey Widenhofer, 412-741-7536;
    Hampton Twp. - Brady Porter, 412-337-7397;
    Indiana Twp. - Steve Gosser, 412-855-5220;
    Kilbuck Twp. and Ohio Twp. - Paul Brown, 412-963-1979;
    North Park - Meg Scanlon, 724-935-2170;
    Oakmont and Harmar Twp. - David Yeany II, 814-221-4361;
    O'Hara Twp. - Steve Thomas, 412-782-4696;
    Penn Hills and Verona - Mike Smith, 412-526-8360;
    Frick and Highland Parks - Mark VanderVen, 425-273-1786;
    Pittsburgh (rest of city) - Mike Fialkovich, 412-731-3581;
    Ross and McCandless Twps. - Bob Machesney, 412-366-7869;
    Shaler Twp. - Joyce Hoffmann, 412-487-0921;

    Check the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania website near the count date in case an area leader changes.

    The annual Pittsburgh CBC dinner is scheduled for December 29 at 6:00 PM at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. Results of the Pittsburgh count will be tallied during this event. Please bring a covered dish, soup, salad or dessert to serve at least 10 people.

    Other Christmas Bird Counts in Western Pennsylvania include the following:

    Saturday, December 14
    South Hills - Nancy Page, 412-221-4795;
    Buffalo Creek Valley (Butler County) - George Reese, 724-353-9649;

    Sunday, December 15
    Buffalo Creek (Washington County) - Larry Helgerman,

    Thursday, December 26
    Indiana County - Roger and Margaret Higbee, 724-354-3493;

    Saturday, January 4, 2020
    South Butler (Allegheny and Butler Counties) - Chris Kubiak, 412-963-6100;

    Sunday, January 5, 2020
    Imperial (Allegheny and Washington Counties) - Bob Mulvihill, 412-522-5729;

    A list of all Pennsylvania CBC dates and contacts is available in the December 2019 issue of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology newsletter, the PSO Pileated (PDF).

3RBC Current Outings -- January 2020

    Saturday, January 25, 2020 — Frick Park

    Dead of Winter Outing III
    Two Cardinals
    Meet leader Mike Fialkovich (412-731-3581) at 8:00 am at the parking lot at the bottom of the hill entering from Hutchinson Avenue. Note we will be meeting and walking in a different part of the park this year for a change. Hutchinson Avenue is off Braddock Avenue in Regent Square. We will walk the trails around the wetlands and adjacent areas searching for winter residents.
    As this is a winter outing, please monitor the club's website or Facebook in case there has to be a sudden cancellation due to inclement weather.

3RBC Current Outings -- February 2020

    Saturday, February 15, 2020 — Sewickley Heights Borough Park Eastern Bluebird

    Join Bob VanNewkirk (412-366-1694 or email him at to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) at Sewickley Heights Borough Park. Meet at the upper parking lot to bird from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. There will be a pot luck luncheon afterwards at the Fern Hollow Nature Center. Birders who will be attending the luncheon are asked bring a food item to share.
    As this is a winter outing, please monitor the club's website or Facebook in case there has to be a sudden cancellation due to inclement weather.
    Directions to Sewickley Heights Borough Park are posted on the 3RBC 'Birding Locations' page (see side menu).

3RBC Current Outings -- March 2020

    Sunday, March 29, 2020 — Pymatuning State Park
    Pymatuning Waterfowl

    Meet leader Bob Van Newkirk (412-366-1694 or email at 8:30 am for this outing. We will meet in the parking lot of the former site of the Pymatuning Wildlife Learning Center (Waterfowl Museum) which is located at 12590 Hartstown Rd Linesville, PA (41.635779, -80.436634).
    Lunch will be at Scooters by the Lake just on the Ohio side of the Causeway for those who wish to attend. Dress appropriately for the weather. This will be an all-day outing.
    As this is an early spring outing, please monitor the club's website or Facebook in case there has to be a sudden cancellation due to inclement weather.

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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, Tom Moeller, Brian Shema, and Chuck Tague