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Fall Meeting
Hickory, North Carolina — September 18–19, 2015


Make plans to come to Hickory, NC on September 18–19 for the fall CBC meeting. Hickory lies at the foot of the Blue Ridge and provides an excellent launching point to experience some of the mountains' best fall birding.

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Plans are already underway for the CBC Winter Meeting in February at Litchfield Beach in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Our dates are Friday, February 5th and Saturday the 6th. Not only can you enjoy a weekend of exciting winter birding, but you'll have plenty of time to get home and settle in for Super Bowl 50!

Our return to Litchfield Beach marks the first winter meeting held in South Carolina since 2008, and the variety of nearby habitats for wintering and resident birds has us excited to make a run at the list of 169 species (including 27 types of waterfowl) that we enjoyed on our last visit. One of our main field trip venues, Huntington Beach State Park, hosted Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, Razorbill, Purple Sandpiper, and Eared Grebe in the first week of February 2015, so who knows what could show up for our meeting!


Improved mobile support. As the first step in a long process of improving support for accessing this website via mobile devices, the photo gallery now works much better on the small screen, as does the Flashcard Mode feature of the photo gallery. If you are reading this on a smartphone, have a look at these links!


Ecuadorian Amazon — Dec 5–16, 2015 Explore the most biodiverse place on Earth—Tiputini Biological Station in Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, and learn bird ecology in the heart of the Amazon!


Panama — January 18–24, 2016 Toucans, trogons, pairs of emerald green Amazon parrots, the lovely Blue Cotinga, comfortable accommodations, brilliant weather, and a customized birding itinerary for you and a small group of your fellow Carolina Bird Club friends. This trip is already wait-list only. And there are several people on the wait list.


Receiving email sent from . You may sometimes be sent automated email messages from , for example, messages in connection with setting up a login account, or with using the online meeting registration system. These messages will have a "from" address of . You may also receive emails with a return address of . Sometimes these are also automated messages, or they may be personal communication from the Headquarters Secretary, Carol Bowman. We have found that some mail servers will block mail from these addresses unless you create a contact for them in advance. Specifically known offending mail services include the ones from Microsoft: hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com, and perhaps others. If your email address is in one of these domains you should add contacts for the CBC addresses. If you suspect that you may have missed any messages, let Kent Fiala know. The problem is being studied but you probably have an idea what it's like dealing with Microsoft issues. Update: I finally got through to Microsoft and it looks like mail is now being delivered. However you might still want to set up contacts to make sure that it doesn't go to your junk folder.


Iquitos and the Amazon — August 8–21, 2015 When many people think about birding in South America, they envision the vast rainforests of the Amazon. There is no better place to experience the Amazon rainforests than Iquitos, Peru.


Clemson spring meeting. CBC members enjoyed a wonderful weekend of spring birding in the South Carolina upstate around Clemson. 161 bird species were observed, including 32 species of warblers.

Shade-grown coffee saves songbirds!

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.

Birders at SCBG
CBC members practice their warbler necks at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens with director Patrick McMillan

Outer Banks winter meeting Some 200-plus CBC members enjoyed a winter meeting on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Collectively, 181 bird species were observed; highlights included Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Dovekie, Razorbill, Little Gull, Iceland Gull, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Prairie Warbler, and Painted Bunting.


Membership directory: An online Carolina Bird Club membership directory is now available. In the past, we have published a membership directory on paper from time to time, but have not done so in ten years. The online directory has all the benefits of a paper directory, plus the benefit of always being up-to-date, and of course the benefit of being much less expensive to publish. The directory is accessible only to club members, not to the public; you must be logged in to access it. We hope that you find this new feature helpful in communicating with Club members and a “green” way to reduce the amount of paper used in publishing member directories! The link to the membership directory can also be found on the Member Services page.


Fall meeting at Charleston, SC. About 160 participants braved a rainy weather forecast that produced only a little drizzle, and observed 180 species, one of our better totals.


Make Birders Count: Buy Your Duck Stamp Through the ABA The American Birding Association has made it easy to buy a Duck Stamp. Birders use refuges too. Buying a Duck Stamp through the ABA shows your support—as a birder—for habitat and bird conservation.


New! Online publication. (And more.) If you are a CBC member, you can now choose to receive The Chat and/or the CBC Newsletter online-only instead of receiving a printed copy in the mail. 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, click on "Manage my membership information". (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 How to access members-only content 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.

If you want to continue to receive your Chat and Newsletter in the mail, you do not have to do anything. We encourage you to receive the publications online in order to save paper and postage (and to get them more quickly), but we've made it completely your choice.


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.


Carolina Young Birders Club: Matthew Janson is looking to lead a new young birders club for ages 18 or younger. 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.


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.


How much do you know about CBC history? Attendees of the 75th anniversary Spring Meeting in Raleigh competed for the high score on a history quiz. How well can you do?


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 book coverBirding 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

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.

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