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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How to find stuff in The Chat

Web search

Issues of The Chat from 1970 to present are in pdf files resident on the web site and thus are searchable via major search engines such as Google. You can use this form to search The Chat for years 1970 and later via Google:

Issues from 1937 through 1969 are referenced via links to the Biodiversity Heritage Library web site. This web site does not appear to be indexed by Google; however it has its own search facility. To search all years of The Chat, including issues not searchable by Google, use this Biodiversity Heritage Library search form:

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Briefs for The Files and Bird Records Committee databases

There is a separate database for looking up species entries in Briefs for the Files and/or annual reports of the Bird Records Committees. Access this database at https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/database.html.


From Volume 22 (1958) through Volume 77 (2013), the final issue of each volume includes an index for the volume. These indexes can be consulted directly for manual look-up. For Volumes 35 (1971) through 80 (2016), the contents of these indexes are in an online database at https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/index/ which provides links to referenced content.

Since Volume 80 (2016) we rely entirely on search engines for indexing.

Three times a printed cumulative index of multiple volumes was published. These are available online as “printed” cumulative indices.

Tables of contents

At the crudest level of search, you can browse tables of contents under https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/issues/.