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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.

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Costa Rica Bonus Trip: March 8–18, 2019

This 9 full day birding tour will visit some of the best areas on the Caribbean slope and lowlands of Costa Rica as well as the highlands on the slopes of two volcanoes. We will start out in the lush middle elevations on the Caribbean slope before descending to the diverse Caribbean lowlands for a two night stay at Ara Ambigua Lodge. Here, we will spend a day near the city of Guapiles, where we will visit a feeding station and the Old Butterfly garden. Our next adventure will take us first by bus and then boat to the palm-lined canals of Tortuguero National Park. Here, we will have a 2 night stay in the lovely Laguna Lodge located next to the Caribbean Sea. Birding will mostly be by boat rides into the National Park. Our next two nights will be at world renowned birding lodge Rancho Naturalista located in the comfortable middle elevations. Here, not only will the birds be memorable with highlights such as Snowcap and Sunbittern but also the delicious meals. Our final destination is the highlands of Turrialba and Irazu Volcanoes using the comfortable Guayabo Lodge as our base. Our time here will be filled with colorful highland birds such as the incomparable Resplendent Quetzal, spritely Collared Redstart, and Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher to name a few. On our final day we will visit the Irazu Volcano crater, one of only two volcanoes in Costa Rica where one can walk just a short distance to look into the crater.

We will visit hummingbird and banana feeders at various times throughout the trip allowing for up close and personal study as well as excellent photo opportunities. Professional bird guide Steven Easley will lead our trip, a highly respected authority on Costa Rican birds and other wildlife. This tour is packed with excellent birding, comfortable lodging, and excellent food so join us as we explore the many wonders of Costa Rica.

For a whole lot more information, see the detailed itinerary.

This trip is now full but you can contact Sherry Lane to be put on the waiting list. Contact information is in the detailed itinerary.