Very few places in the Carolinas offer a better birding destination in spring than the mountains of North Carolina! Join us in May as we celebrate a new season and the return of our spring migrant birds.
Check the Field Trip schedule again; there are a couple of small changes.
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Four layers were a requirement for ocean-watching, as demonstrated by Matthew Janson.
The Carolina Bird Club supports Bird Friendly® Coffee: Attention CBC Coffee Drinkers – Save songbirds – Help the CBC! Birds & Beans only sells Smithsonian Certified Bird-Friendly coffee. This is the most songbird-friendly certification and the only certification endorsed by the CBC Executive Committee. The coffee tastes great and every bag you buy will return $1 to the CBC.
New! Online publication. (And more.) If you are a CBC member, you can now opt-in to receive The Chat and/or the CBC Newsletter online only instead of receiving a printed copy in the mail. Also, in conjunction with this new feature, there is a new way for you to correct or change your mailing address and other contact information online. You can even check when your dues will be coming due.
To access this new feature, click on the new link "Member Services" in the sidebar that is on the left side of every page here. On the Member Services page, then click on the "Manage my membership information" link. (If you haven't yet registered your login, you will first need to do that at the login registration page. It's free for members, as described in the item below.)
If you choose to receive publications only online, you will be able to read them at these locations: the page for The Chat and the page for the CBC Newsletter. Each time a new issue is placed on the website, we'll email you to let you know.
How to access members-only content. This website has a large amount of content that is available to the public, but there are a very few things that we restrict to our club members, namely the most recent editions of our periodical publications, the Newsletter and The Chat. If you are a club member you can access member-only content by registering and using a personal login and password. When you go to open the most recent Newsletter, or a recent Chat article, you will be prompted to login. Only members can register a personal login. How do we know if you are a member? You can register a login only for an email address that we have on file. Unfortunately many of our email addresses go back pretty far and may no longer be valid, so if you find that we don't recognize your email, just let the Headquarters Secretary, Carol Bowman , or the webmaster, Kent Fiala , know what your current email is. For convenience, here is the link to register, and here is the link to login. The login link is also near the bottom of the navigation sidebar on the left side of every page.
I know you're wondering—this web site was not affected by the Heartbleed bug.
A bonus field trip lead by Steve Shultz visited the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) and nearby Delmarva locations over the weekend of February 22–23, 2014. They observed 91 bird species, including Ross's Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Eider, Great Cormorant, and Razorbill. The full bird list, and a selection of photos by Phil Fowler, is at Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) Field Trip February 22–23, 2014.
Winter meeting: For the second coastal North Carolina winter meeting in a row, the 200 or so CBC members in attendance at the Wrightsville Beach meeting (23–24 January) faced extraordinarily cold weather, but saw a great list of birds—162 species. Highlights included Mottled Duck, all three scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Pacific Loon, Great Cormorant, Parasitic Jaeger, Razorbill, an unbelievable number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Carolina Young Birders Club: Matthew Janson is looking to lead a new young birders club for ages 11–18. If you are a young birder, or know one, or are willing to facilitate the club's efforts, please email Matthew or visit the web site.
CBC Spring Meeting—Hendersonville, NC. The 2014 CBC Spring Meeting will return to Hendersonville, nestled in the foothills of North Carolina with easy access to the mountains and river of migrants that follow the Blue Ridge north each spring. With trips visiting well-known and productive birding locations including Jackson Park, Hooper Lane, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is a meeting you won't want to miss. The dates are Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd, perfectly timed to see the widest variety of resident, breeding, and migrant birds.
Fall meeting at Litchfield Beach, SC. We returned to one of our favorite locations, Litchfield Beach, on the weekend of 27–28 September 2013, and were rewarded with some of the best meeting weather in recent memory, and lots of great birds. A total of 161 species were recorded.
Finding Birds in South Carolina is here! Robin Carter wrote the definitive guide Finding Birds in South Carolina, published by the University of South Carolina Press, in 1993. After the new editor of the Press decided not to reprint or revise the book, Robin requested and received return of the copyright. After Robin's death in 2008, his widow Caroline had the book digitized by Lulu. Through Caroline's generosity, the full text of the book, in searchable PDF image format, is now available for download. Although the book is 20 years old, most of the information is still useful for finding birds.
Accipiter primer: Do you have trouble identifying Accipiters? Brush up on your skills with Mike Tove's Identification primer: Accipiters.
Winter meeting: At the Winter meeting on the Outer Banks on the weekend of 25–26 January, 154 CBC members braved cold winds, ice, and even a little snow, and observed a fine list of species, currently standing at a total of 177 species. Highlights included Ross's Geese, Cackling Geese, “Eurasian” Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser (570 of them!), Eared Grebe, Great Cormorant, Anhinga, Golden Eagle, Glaucous Gull, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Common Redpoll. Send in any additions or corrections to the list.
|The Birds of North Carolina is now hosted at carolinabirdclub.org! This site aims to provide a compendium of all of the bird species recorded in North Carolina, with general information about their distribution in the state. It is a huge project by Harry LeGrand, with assistance from Ali Iyoob and John Haire, and technical wizardry by Tom Howard. Much of the data that underlies the project has come from Carolina Bird Club members, as published in Briefs for the Files and General Field Notes in The Chat, and now it has come home to the club web site, after a year at nature123.net. The permanent link “Birds of NC” in the navigation bar at the left will take you there.|
Band codes: MODO? RTHU? NSWO? Would you like to understand more about those four-letter bird codes? Read more about them.
Chat searchable database: There is a wealth of information about the birds of the Carolinas published in The Chat, and as another step toward making it more accessible, a searchable database covering all of the Briefs for the Files and Bird Records Committee reports from volumes 51–70 (years 1987–2006) of The Chat is now available. When was a Red-necked Stint last seen? Little Stint? Have we ever had a good year for Evening Grosbeaks? Find the answers quickly here.
Cumulative Chat index: There is a wealth of information about the birds of the Carolinas published in The Chat, and as another step toward making it more accessible, a 30-year index to The Chat, so far covering volumes 45–74, years 1981–2010, is now available.
Birding North Carolina, the long-awaited guide to birding sites in the state, has now been published. Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns, this book features the best birding sites in North Carolina as chosen and described by the members of the Carolina Bird Club. The book is available from Globe Pequot Press.
Birding North Carolina was undertaken by the Carolina Bird Club for two purposes: to promote birding in North Carolina and to make birding more accessible to all skill levels of birders by providing information regarding the wonderful birding opportunities that we have in our state; and to further bird conservation by dedicating the income from the guide to bird conservation projects. Proceeds will go into a special account of the Carolina Bird Club to be used to support and further bird conservation projects in the state.
There are so many birding locations in North Carolina that not all of them could be included in the printed book. Descriptions of an additional 44 locations are published exclusively on this web site. Click on "Birding Sites: North Carolina" in the frame at left.
The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization which represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its official website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is
- To promote the observation, enjoyment, and study of birds.
- To provide opportunities for birders to become acquainted, and to share information and experience.
- To maintain well-documented records of birds in the Carolinas.
- To support the protection and conservation of birds and their habitats and foster an appreciation and respect of natural resources.
- To promote educational opportunities in bird and nature study.
- To support research on birds of the Carolinas and their habitats.
Membership is open to those interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds. Is that you? Then join the club.
The Club meets three times a year (Spring, Fall, and Winter) at different locations in North or South Carolina, or occasionally in neighboring states.