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)

North Carolina and South Carolina Rare Bird Report Form

Use this form to report a rare bird sighting for review by the North Carolina or South Carolina Bird Records Committee.

Please note that fields with an underlined label are required. Other fields may be left blank if not applicable, but please be as thorough as possible.

The report is plain text; you may not use any html tags.

Type of report This report is for:

Please read “Is my bird rare?” (at right) before making a selection.


Latitude and longitude, if known—Select a format for coordinates:

e.g., 33.523760
e.g., 33° 31.426′
e.g., 33° 31′ 25.54″
Latitude °
Longitude °
Latitude °
Longitude °

Date and time of observation
Conditions of observation
Yes, already done No, but will do later No
Upload photos to CBC photo gallery now

If photographs are available on a website other than the Carolina Bird Club photo gallery, enter the URL here. Note: this is the only field in this form where a URL is allowed.

Note: Even if you have published photos on a personal website, please consider contributing at least one or more voucher photos to the Carolina Bird Club gallery.


Indicate the number of individuals of each gender sighted:

Indicate the number of individuals of each age sighted:

Indicate the number of individuals of each plumage sighted:


Observer information
Report dates
Review your report

Click on "Continue" to review your report. You will have a chance to make corrections if necessary.

Is my bird rare?

Thank you for choosing to report your rare bird sighting to one of the Bird Records Committees of the Carolina Bird Club. The Bird Records Committees are interested in reports of exceptionally rare birds, ones that have never, or very seldom, been reported in the state before. The committees review these reports in order to determine whether the species should be accepted to the official list of birds that have been seen in the state. Accordingly, the reports must be very carefully researched and documented.

We understand the excitement that comes with seeing a bird for the first time, but just because you have never seen a certain bird before does not necessarily mean that it is rare. Please take a couple of minutes to research whether the bird that you have seen is actually exceptionally rare.

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