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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.

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Western Sampler - May 20–29, 2006

The CBC Great Western Sampler concluded on Memorial Day after a four-state, 2,100-mile adventure that included birding in seven life zones in grasslands, badlands, and the Rocky Mountains. Sites visited in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming included: Pawnee National Grassland, Crescent Lake NWR, Sowbelly Canyon in the Nebraska Pine Ridge, Badlands NP, Wind Cave NP, Black Hills NF, Mt Rushmore, Devil’s Tower NM, Thunder Basin National Grassland, Rocky Mountain NP, Golden Gate Canyon SP, and the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area.

Species observed totaled 174 plus many mammals and a prairie rattlesnake. There were many special moments such as the two Short-eared Owls foraging near the highway at Thunder Basin and the six coyote pups feeding at Rocky Mountain NP.

Participants scored lifers with birds such as Mountain Plover, Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, and White-tailed Ptarmigan. Also, it was a four Prairie Falcon and three Golden Eagle trip.

Participants were: Ed Toone, Richard & Dot Hedrick, Janet & Harry Rolison, Joanna Wright, Lucy Quintilliano, Harriett Whitsett, Edith Tatum, Prunella Williams, Gail Maginnis, Billie Gene Adams, Stephen Harris and John Ennis.

Photo gallerys of the trip:

Bird list:

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
White-tailed Ptarmigan
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Greater Prairie Chicken
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Northern Goshawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Mountain Plover
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Tern
Black Tern
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Williamson's Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Three-toed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood Peewee
Eastern Phoebe
Hammond's Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Plumbeous Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Steller's Jay
Blue Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Rock Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Sage Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's subspecies)
Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Baird's Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
McCown's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Cassin's Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


American Pika
Easten Cottontail
Mountain Cottontail
White-tailed Jackrabbit
Least Chipmunk
Colorado Chipmunk
Yellow-bellied Marmot
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Richardson's Ground Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Common Muskrat
Striped Skunk
American Elk
Mule Deer
White-tailed Deer
Proghorn Antelope


Bull Snake
Prairie Rattlesnake

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