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 Christmas Bird Counts and South Carolina Christmas Bird Counts

Take part in National Audubon's 124th Christmas Bird Count this season.The count period runs each year from December 14 through January 5. Look through the list of counts below and join the fun! If you'd like to participate in a count, contact the organizer listed in the table. (Click on their name to get their email address.) Christmas Bird Counts are an excellent chance to join fellow birders of all experience levels, and allow you to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1900! And there is no longer any fee for participation!

The 124th Christmas Bird Count is over, but plan ahead for next year. Most of these counts are repeated each year.

If you are a count coordinator and also a Carolina Bird Club member, you can login and update your count information yourself. Enter here

To locate a count in your area, look at the map of all Christmas Bird Counts in the Carolinas. If you are interested in participating in one of these counts, click on the coordinator's name to get their email address.

If you are a count coordinator and your count is not listed here, or you need to change contact information or register a new count, please email Kent Fiala. You can also send me any date changes or corrections, or you can make them yourself via the link on the right.

Learn about the Christmas Bird Count at the official Audubon site, at wikipedia, or everywhere.

Thursday, December 14, 2023
Cumberland County, NCBrian Bockhahn919-676-1027map 
Mount Jefferson, NCGuy McGrane828.266.8536mapwebsite
Friday, December 15, 2023
Grandfather Mountain, NCJesse Pope, Judi Sawyer828-733-2013map 
Hilton Head Island, SCSusan Murphy map 
Rocky Mount, NCBrian Bockhahn919-676-1027map 
Saturday, December 16, 2023
Carolina Sandhills N.W.R., SCNancy Jordan843-307-2387mapNote
Columbia, SCHilda Flamholtz, Steve Dennis803-269-2845mapNote
Franklin, NCRita St. Clair mapNote
Greensboro, NCElizabeth Link336-273-4672map 
Kitty Hawk, NCJeff Lewis, Al Hooks252-216-6336mapNote
Raleigh, NCBrian O'Shea mapNote
Raven Rock S.P., NCErik Thomas919-880-7809mapNote
Sun City-Okatie, SCAndy Jones map 
Wayne County, NCMae Howell919-580-8330mapNote
Sunday, December 17, 2023
Congaree Swamp, SCJohn Grego, Kathleen O'Grady803-331-3366, 803-315-4199mapNote
Durham, NCJeff Pippen, Jacob Socolar919.801.0662, 919.636.0326mapwebsite
Henderson County, NCKevin Burke828-697-6628map 
Pee Dee Area, SCShawn Smolen-Morton765-252-9759mapNote
Southern Lake Norman, NCTaylor Piephoff704-808-0529map 
Monday, December 18, 2023
Brevard, NCMary Freudenberg map 
Four Holes Swamp, SCMatt Johnson(843) 487-9988mapNote
New Bern, NCWade Fuller252.229.8012mapNote
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Pamlico County, NCDiane Midness, Liz Lathrop646 662 8346, 252-249-2646mapNote
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Hanging Rock S.P., NCJean Chamberlain336-983-6543mapNote
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Pilot Mountain, NCBrian Bockhahn map 
Friday, December 22, 2023
Rockingham County, NCBrian Bockhahn map 
Saturday, December 23, 2023
Haw River S.P., NCBrian Bockhahn map 
Sunday, December 24, 2023
Chapel Hill, NCWill Cook919-949-3678mapwebsite
Stone Mountain, NCGuy McGrane828.266.8536mapwebsite
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
Cape Hatteras, NCPatricia Moore252-995-4777mapNote
Thursday, December 28, 2023
Bodie-Pea Island, NCJeff Lewis, Al Hooks252-216-6336, 919-795-7575mapNote
Friday, December 29, 2023
Litchfield-Pawleys Island, SCChris Hill843-465-6867mapwebsite
Mattamuskeet N.W.R., NCMarc Ribaudo703-498-8962mapNote
Portsmouth Island, NCPeter Vankevich202-468-2871mapNote
Spartanburg, SCLyle Campbell864-585-1228mapNote
Saturday, December 30, 2023
Alligator River N.W.R., NCJeff Lewis252-216-6336mapNote
Catawba Valley, NCDwayne Martin, Lori Owenby828-234-6041map 
Lower Saluda, SCKent Bedenbaugh803.463.5872mapNote
North Greenville, SCDenise DuPon mapwebsite
Ocracoke Island, NCPeter Vankevich202-468-2871mapNote
Pee Dee N.W.R., NCJudy Walker map 
Pettigrew S.P., NCCharlotte Davis, Ed Corey mapNote
Wilmington, NCSam Cooper910-617-2001mapNote
Winston-Salem, NCJohnathon Barnett, Ann Robertson mapwebsite
York-Rock Hill, SCBill Hilton Jr.803-684-5852mapwebsite
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Jordan Lake, NCTom Driscoll, Norman Budnitz919-636-0482mapwebsite 
Southport-Bald Head-Oak Islands, NCRon Clark704-860-4469map 
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Edisto Island, SCTom Austin mapNote
Kerr Lake, NCBrian Bockhahn919-676-1027map 
Lewis Ocean Bay H.P. - Waccamaw River, SCSudie Thomas map 
Morehead City, NCJohn Fussell252-342-0169mapNote
Wednesday, January 3, 2024
Falls Lake, NCBrian Bockhahn919-676-1027mapNote
Sea Islands, SCAaron Given mapwebsite
Thursday, January 4, 2024
Greenville, NCHoward Vainright252-752-3203map 
Friday, January 5, 2024
Charleston, SCJennifer McCarthey Tyrrell map 
Roanoke Rapids, NCAnn Brice(252) 373-0326mapNote
Upper Yadkin River Valley, NCGuy McGrane828.266.8536mapwebsite
This year's dates for the counts below have not yet been received. Contact information, if any, is a year or more out of date. Closer to count season, you may also be able to find contact information by looking up a count at Audubon's Christmas Bird Count page.
Ace Basin, SC  mapNote
Aiken, SCCalvin Zippler803 508-0692map 
Alamance County, NCKen Lady map 
Augusta, GALois Stacey803-215-1594map 
Balsam, NCDon Hendershot map 
Buncombe County, NCTom Tribble map 
Camp Lejeune, NCEmily Gaydos mapNote
Central Beaufort County, NCKevin O'Kane252-946-3003map 
Charlotte, NCMatthew Withrow map 
Clemson, SCJ.Drew Lanham map 
Danville, VALaura Meder map 
Gastonia, NCSteve Tracy704-853-0654mapNote
Highlands Plateau, NCBrock Hutchins770-486-3715map 
Holly Shelter & Lea-Hutaff I, NCCarson Wood910-859-9425map 
Hot Springs, NCMark Hopey828-736-1217map 
Iredell County, NCRon Underwood828-632-4739mapNote
James Island, SCKathy Woolsey map 
Keowee, SCStephen Schutt map 
Lake Lure, NCMike Resch mapNote
Lake Wateree, SCLex Glover803.603.6461mapNote
Long Cane, SCJoyce Foster, Steve Patterson mapNote
Lowcountry, SCBuddy Campbell843-252-8025map 
McClellanville, SCNathan Dias mapNote
Mount Rogers-White Top Mountain, VAAllen Boynton276-677-4121map 
New River, NCLisa Benish map 
Pinewood, SCHutch Collins803-361-2411map 
Roan Mountain, TNRick Knight423-282-5297map 
Rocky River, SCAndy Norris mapNote
Santee N.W.R., SCNathan Dias mapNote
Savannah, GALarry Carlile912-927-6726map 
Savannah River Site, SCMark Vukovich mapNote
Southern Pines, NCJesse Grantham, John Bird805-746-0975, 843-544-5277mapNote
Winyah Bay, SCLex Glover803-603-6461mapNote
Yancey County-Burnsville, NCKat Dunham828-319-7746map 

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