About the Club

Mission Statement

The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization that represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is

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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

The Club meets each winter, spring, and fall at different locations in the Carolinas. Meeting sites are selected to give participants an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds. Guided field trips and informative programs are combined for an exciting weekend of meeting with people who share an enthusiasm and concern for birds.

The Club offers research grants in avian biology for undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships for young birders.

The Club publishes two print publications (now also available online). The Chat is a quarterly ornithological journal that contains scientific articles, reports of bird records committees and bird counts, and general field notes on bird sightings. CBC Newsletter is published bimonthly and includes birding articles and information about meetings, field trips, and Club news.

The Club provides this website to all for free.

By becoming a member, you support the activities of the Club, receive reduced registration fee for meetings, can participate in bonus field trips, and receive our publications.

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Other Resources (NOT sponsored by Carolina Bird Club)

CBC Bonus Field Trips

Bonus Field Trips are open only to CBC members in good standing (i.e., your dues must be paid up). Would you like to go on a field trip but aren't a CBC member? It is perfectly OK to join the CBC at the same time you register for a field trip. Information on joining the CBC can be found on our membership page.

Upcoming Bonus Field Trips

Outer Banks December 14–15, 2019. Widely considered at the top of the list for early winter birding sites in North Carolina, the Outer Banks of Dare County are home to thousands of wintering swans, ducks, geese, shorebirds, waders, gulls, and more. Join members of the Carolina Bird Club as we explore the Bodie Island lighthouse area, Oregon Inlet, Pea Island NWR, the ocean beaches of Hatteras and Bodie Islands, and other “hotspots.”

Shorebirds of the Central NC Coast. (This trip is full.) Not sure how to tell the difference between a Semipalmated and a Western Sandpiper? Hoping to spot a (rare—not expected) Long-billed Curlew? Eager to visit a pair of locations not easily accessible to the casual birder? Then join members of the Carolina Bird Club as we explore two of the best locations for late-summer shorebirds, Shackleford Banks and Bird Shoal. Both are uninhabited barrier islands in the Central Coast section of North Carolina, near Morehead City/Beaufort, and both provide the correct habitat to expect decent numbers and diversity of shorebirds.

Carolina Bird Club Bonus Trip to Costa Rica, August 10-20, 2019. Join us for 9 full days of birding some of the best Costa Rica hot spots including Monteverde, Arenal and La Selva!

Reports on past trips