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)

The Chat is the official publication of the Carolina Bird Club, published quarterly online. Club members may access all issues online; issues more than two years old are accessible to all. Manuscripts published in The Chat must be related to study of the birds of the Carolinas. A typical issue of The Chat contains one or two articles or reports, one or more General Field Notes, Briefs for the Files, and sometimes Reviews.

The Chat is the responsibility of the Editor (Steve Shultz), assisted by a General Field Notes Editor from each of the Carolinas (Christina Harvey for North Carolina and Will Post for South Carolina), the Briefs for the Files editor (Josh Southern), and an Associate Editor. The Executive Committee of the Carolina Bird Club serves as The Chat's editorial review board. The circulation of The Chat is currently around 1000.

30 years of past issues of The Chat are available online (of which the two most recent years are available to CBC members only). They can be accessed via their Tables of Contents; or their Cumulative Index. Also, Briefs for the Files and Bird Records Committee reports can be searched in an online database.

You can email the Editor of The Chat: Steve Shultz.

If you have a manuscript to contribute to The Chat,
please consult Instructions for Authors
and Style Guidelines for The Chat