Raptor Row Ride – Saturday, April 28, 2018 The meet, check-in and late registration is in the Town Square at the Waterfront town square starts at 8:45. Park at the old Pittsburgh Burger Site, or under the Homestead Grays bridge. Because each site will have only a few viewing scopes there will not be a mass start. You can start your ride anytime between 9:15 and noon. The closest sites will open at 9:00 and shut down around 12:30, while the more distant sites will open at 30 minutes to an hour later and shut down between 1:00 and 2:00. The ride is on the Steel Valley Trail section of the Great Allegheny Passage. There are six viewing areas. Note There is no guarantee the the birds will be home, but they have been there in the past. Check back on this page as the date gets closer to find out the status of the nest occupancies. The eagles nest at mile post 140.1 (2/19 – The Hays eagles are incubating 3 eggs.) A captive owl on the porch of Eat’n Park The Red Trail Hawks nest on the train bridge by the Pump House. The Red Trail Hawks nest just across the whitaker Trail Bridge The Osprey nest at the end of the Fort Perry Bridge. The kestrel nest in McKeesport near milepost 132. There will be a snack station at the SVTC’s maintenance headquarters (Mile Post 135.2). There will be a extra cost VIP ride lead by a guide who has intimate knowledge of the various nests and who also is an avid trail rider and a member of both the SVTC and the 3RBC. Your guide coordinated the monitoring of the Hays Bald Eagle Nest in 2013 and was on the trail observing this nest before the first egg was laid in 2013. He will share his knowledge with this group of riders and will lead you to all the stops along the ride and make sure you get to talk to the experts at these stops and get to use their scopes to view the nests and any raptors that might be in the area. He will also point out areas of interest along our historic trail. The size of this group will be limited, so sign up early. It will meet at 8:30 and leave at 8:40. This ride is a fundraiser for the Steel Valley Trail Council. Just this past year (2017) we spent $88,456.23 on dealing with landslides and $3,500+ on porta-potties and brochures. Some of which was covered by grants, some by dues, and some by this ride. In addition there were over 500 hours of volunteer labor in grass cutting, tree trimming and removal, small landslide cleanup, etc. Come join us. Find out about maintenance parties at https://steelvalleytrail.org/volunteer-opportunites/ Spotter scopes and docents are provided by the Three Rivers Birding Club. A poster is available for you to print and post at your local place, or to put on your Facebook page. Bike rental is available at 201 Waterfront Dr at the former Pittsburgh Burger Company location (next to the still standing Mitchell’s Fish Market) from Waterfront Bike Rental (352) 280-6308 Cost for member is $20, non-members $25, couples $30, non-member couples $40, children free.