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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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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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Revised October 2019

The CBC provides grants to support research, education and conservation of birds of the Carolinas and their habitats. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The CBC Grants Committee meets as needed to review applications.

Research, monitoring, and education grants*:

Applications should be made through an educational or non-profit institution. For student research projects, applications require the sponsorship of a faculty member. For secondary school programs, applications require a letter of support from the school principal. Applications should be prepared directly by the applicant and should include:

Allowable costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, laboratory supplies, field supplies, and limited travel to research sites. The Carolina Bird Club does not support institutional indirect costs, or fund general operational costs of an organization. Activities funded should be tangible and measurable, and which contribute to bird conservation.

Awardees must file a final report including an accounting of expenditures and a summary of research or programming no later than 30 days following the close of the grant period. Any unused funds must be returned to CBC.

Significant research findings will be reviewed for possible publication in The Chat, the ornithological journal of the CBC. Also, awardees may be invited to present their findings at a seasonal meeting of the CBC. In that case the CBC will cover all reasonable expenses incurred by the presenter.

Conservation grants:

An official representative of the conservation organization should send an application which includes:

Awardees must file a final report including an accounting of expenditures and a summary of the completed project no later than 30 days following its completion. Any unused funds must be returned to CBC.

Construction activities are generally not allowed (e.g. construction of boardwalks, viewing blinds, falconry facilities, rehabilitation facilities, etc.). However, if a construction need is determined to be beneficial to a species, group of species, or address a conservation need, the grant proposal may be considered for award.

Important: Grants are awarded for specific purposes. Should the recipient of a grant wish to allocate any part of the grant to a purpose other than that defined in the original application, prior permission must be obtained from the CBC Grants Committee. In the event that such permission is denied the grant monies concerned must be returned to the CBC.

*The Carolina Bird Club Grants Committee recognizes there are exceptions to the above criteria and will consider all grants submitted. However, all grants submitted should follow the general criteria stated above.

Email completed applications or inquiries to:

Grants Committee

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