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.

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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 Volume 50 Number 3 (Summer 1986)

Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 50 Number 3 (Summer 1986)Cover: A Yellow-breasted Chat appeared on the first issue of The Chat, a mimeographed bulletin that was issued in March 1937. The drawing is by Patricia Pittman, who was then employed as a secretary at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. Drawings on pages 65, 90, and 93 of the present issue were contributed by Roger Tory Peterson, H. Douglas Pratt, and John Henry Dick, respectively. Peterson's drawing and photographs on pages 63, 68, and 70 are reproduced by permission of the N.C. State Museum. The photograph of Alexander Spurnt Jr. on page 73 was taken by Allan D. Cruickshank; the one of Fred May on page 79 by Jim Sparks of Lenoir, N.C.; and the one of Charlotte Hilton Green on page 79 by Bernadette Hoyle. Other photographers, if known, are acknowledged in the cutlines.

Table of Contents


The First 50 Years: A Brief History of Carolina Bird Club. Eloise F. Potter pp 61–95 (5 MB download)

The 102 Charter Members of the North Carolina Bird Club. Compiled by Eloise F. Potter pp 95–100

Back Matter

Carolina Bird Club


CORRECTION—Oliver H. Orr Jr. has informed the editor of an error on page 30 of his article "T. Gilbert Pearson: The Early Years" (Chat 50:29-41). Pearson's remuneration during his student years at Guilford College was $50 per year, rather than per month, in addition to room, board, and tuition.

Past Issues of The Chat

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