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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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The Chat Volume 73 Number 1 (Winter 2009)

Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 73 Number 1 (Winter 2009)Cover Black-and-white Warbler, 24 Nov 2008, Bald Head Island, NC. Photo by Charles Tysinger

Table of Contents


2008 Annual Report of the North Carolina Bird Records Committee Harry E. LeGrand, Jr., Chair pp 1–4

General Field Notes

Observation of Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) Post-fledging Parental Care in Hampton County, South Carolina Maria A. Whitehead and David Jones pp 5–6

Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) on Lake Hickory Dwayne Martin pp 6–7

Fifty Years Ago in The Chat

March 1959 p 7


Bobolink John Ennis p 8

Sedge Wren Steve Kilpatrick p 9

Briefs for the Files

Fall 2008 Josh Southern pp 10–32

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Robin M. Carter, 1945–2008 Dennis M. Forsythe pp 33–36

Back Matter

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