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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.

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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Birding Locations

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Winter Meeting
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina — January 26–28, 2018

Plan to attend the winter meeting at Wrightsville Beach, NC, January 26–28, 2018. We have some beautiful beaches in North Carolina and many people vacation on them in the summer. But have you ever been to those same beautiful beaches in the winter time? If not, you are in for a treat at the CBC Winter Meeting. It's a beautiful, wide, bright-white sand beach and the host hotel is ocean-front. You will find that the beach is far less crowded in the winter and it is just as beautiful as it is in the summer. While you are enjoying your morning coffee, you can view Gannets fishing offshore or if you choose a sound-side room you may view a loon or two swimming among the docked boats in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Young birder
9-year-old Ian House was awarded a Young Birder Seasonal Meeting Schol­arship to attend the Litchfield Beach Fall meeting. He is pictured here with our guest speaker (and former president) Dr. Sidney A. Gauthreaux. Sid brought us up to date on the latest technology in tracking, tagging and radar used with birds.

The Winter 2018 issue of The Chat is available online. This issue includes the report on NC Spring Migration Counts for 2016, and Briefs for the Files for Fall 2017. If you are a member, you should have received email notification about the new issue. If you did not, we may not have your correct email address. Please let Kent Fiala know your correct email address.

The Chat goes online-only: Beginning with the Winter 2018 issue, The Chat will be published online only. Dis­continuing print publication will result in significant financial savings, a percentage of which will be deposited into the CBC Conservation Fund for future conservation efforts throughout North and South Carolina. This also of course saves trees by reducing paper consumption. Online pub­lication is in full color; there will be no more black-and-white photographs as the print publication has been limited to. The Chat has been optionally available online for several years and about a quarter of the membership has already chosen to receive it only online. To access the current issue of The Chat online, go to the current issue link under “Pub­lications & Checklists” in the main menu. Older issues are accessible from the archives link, also under “Pub­lications & Checklists”. Access to issues from the last two calendar years requires club membership; older issues are freely accessible to all. When a new issue is published, members will receive a notification via email, provided that we have your correct address on file.

The Chat online
The Chat on paper

The 2018 CBC Spring Meeting (April 27–28, 2018) will once again be visiting a favorite spring birding location at the southern end of the North Carolina mountains. Flat Rock, on the eastern side of Hendersonville, is conveniently located between the Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the mountains descend abruptly to the piedmont, and the beautiful Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway. This area includes a range of elevations from one thousand to over six thousand feet with habitats from wetlands, pasture/farmland, to deciduous and coniferous forests, and the variety of songbirds found in the area can be amazing. Within 50 miles of the meeting site are twenty species of warbler, five species of vireo, thrushes, tanagers, orioles, crossbills. Many other species can be found breeding and many, many more songbirds use the area as a thruway to more northern regions from late April into May.

We need your email address! The Chat is now published online only. To read The Chat (or the Newsletter) online, you will need to create a login account. If you still haven't done this, now's the time.

If creating a login account doesn't work because your email isn't recognized, it could simply mean that you are not a member of the club. Remedy that by joining!

If you are a member and your email isn't recognized, it means that either we don't have any email address for you on record, or we have an old one that you don't use any more. Please email hq@carolinabirdclub.org to update us on your correct address.

You can always check the website main page to see if there is a new edition of either The Chat or the Newsletter. However, we will also send you an email notice of publication of either The Chat (all members) or the Newsletter (online subscribers). Naturally, this only works if we have your correct email address. Also, sometimes these notification emails get filtered to your spam folder (so check there occasionally), or even suppressed entirely by your ISP. It seems that Microsoft email services (hotmail, live, outlook) are especially troublesome about this. To increase the probability that you will receive our notices, it helps to create an entry for the email address of our notifier in your address book.

If you have photos of field trips or other activities from the Wrightsville Beach meeting, please send them to webeditor@carolinabirdclub.org or share them to our Facebook page.

Birding at Carolina Beach State Park (photo by Irvin Pitts)
Birding at Wrightsville Beach (photo by Irvin Pitts)

The CBC in Panama. The CBC Bonus Trip to Panama in January netted 300 species of birds, three types of monkey, two versions of sloth, and more happy memories than could fill a Shutterfly photobook while visiting locations in central and western Panama.

Wrightsville Beach meeting. Participants in the Winter CBC meeting observed 168 bird species.

The February issue of the CBC Newsletter is available online. This issue of the Newsletter includes a first look at the upcoming Spring meeting in the North Carolina mountains, a report on our recent Bonus Trip to the Texas gulf coast and Rio Grande valley, and an invitation to participate in club surveys.

If you would like to help us out by reading the newsletter online and not in print, please go to member profile and select “I want to receive my copy online only”.

Costa Rica — February 2018. Carolina Bird Club is offering 2 Bonus Trips to Costa Rica in February of 2018. (These trips are now full with waiting lists.) The first trip will be Northern Costa Rica and will run from February 17 to February 26. This will include the best birding sites in the Central Pacific near Carara NP, the dry NW known as Guanacaste, the Northern Caribbean wetlands of Cano Negro and the Caribbean foothills of scenic Arenal Volcano. The second trip will be Southern Costa Rica and will run from February 25 to March 6. This trip will include the Highlands including Savegre and Pacific foothills as well as Pacific Southwest Costa Rica. Both trips will be packed with excellent birding.

The Carolina Bird Club offers Carolina Young Birder Scholarships for birders age 19 and under living in the Carolinas who are members of the Carolina Young Birders Club. Scholarships provide assistance to young people to attend bird-related events such as camps, workshops, train­ing programs, or a CBC seasonal meeting. Visit the Carolina Young Birder Scholarship Applications page for application information, or to donate to the scholarship fund.

Young birders
“Connecting Generations through Birding”. At the Winston-Salem meeting, young birders Savannah Boucino, Laura Quadarella ,Conor Quadarella, and Juliana Boucino joined veteran birder Marion Clark.

Nags Head Winter meeting. Participants at the Winter CBC meeting on the Outer Banks of NC observed 180 bird species.

Make Birders Count: Buy Your Duck Stamp Through the ABA The American Birding Association has made it easy to buy a Duck Stamp. Birders use refuges too. Buying a Duck Stamp through the ABA shows your support—as a birder—for habitat and bird conservation.

Shade-grown coffee saves songbirds!

The Carolina Bird Club supports Bird Friendly® Coffee: Attention CBC Coffee Drinkers – Save songbirds – Help the CBC! Birds & Beans only sells Smithsonian Cert­ified Bird-Friendly coffee. This is the most songbird-friendly certification and the only certification endorsed by the CBC Executive Comm­ittee. The coffee tastes great and every bag you buy will return $1 to the CBC.

Membership directory: An online Carolina Bird Club membership directory is now available. In the past, we have published a membership directory on paper from time to time, but have not done so in ten years. The online directory has all the benefits of a paper directory, plus the benefit of always being up-to-date, and of course the benefit of being much less expensive to publish. The directory is accessible only to club members, not to the public; you must be logged in to access it. We hope that you find this new feature helpful in communicating with Club members and a “green” way to reduce the amount of paper used in publishing member directories! The link to the membership directory can also be found on the Member Services page.

How to access members-only content. This website has a large amount of content that is available to the public, but there are a very few things that we restrict to our club members, namely the most recent editions of our periodical publications, the Newsletter and The Chat. If you are a club member you can access member-only content by registering and using a personal login and password. When you go to open the most recent Newsletter, or a recent Chat article, you will be prompted to login. Only members can register a personal login. How do we know if you are a member? You can register a login only for an email address that we have on file. Unfortunately many of our email addresses go back pretty far and may no longer be valid, so if you find that we don't recognize your email, just let the Headquarters Secretary, Carol Bowman , or the webmaster, Kent Fiala , know what your current email is. For convenience, here is the link to register, and here is the link to login. The login link can also be found by hovering over the “Quick Links” button at the top of any page.

Finding Birds in South Carolina is here! Robin Carter wrote the definitive guide Finding Birds in South Carolina, published by the University of South Carolina Press, in 1993. After the new editor of the Press decided not to reprint or revise the book, Robin requested and received return of the copyright. After Robin's death in 2008, his widow Caroline had the book digitized by Lulu. Through Caroline's generosity, the full text of the book, in searchable PDF image format, is now available for download. Although the book is 20 years old, most of the information is still useful for finding birds.

Accipiter primer: Do you have trouble identifying Accipiters? Brush up on your skills with Mike Tove's Identification primer: Accipiters.

How much do you know about CBC history? Attendees of the 75th anniversary Spring Meeting in Raleigh competed for the high score on a history quiz. How well can you do?

The Birds of North Carolina is now hosted at carolinabirdclub.org! This site aims to provide a compendium of all of the bird species recorded in North Carolina, with general information about their distribution in the state. It is a huge project by Harry LeGrand, with assistance from Nate Swick and John Haire, and technical wizardry by Tom Howard. Much of the data that underlies the project has come from Carolina Bird Club members, as published in Briefs for the Files and General Field Notes in The Chat. The link “Birds of NC” in the navigation bar at the left will take you there.

Band codes: MODO? RTHU? NSWO? Would you like to understand more about those four-letter bird codes? Read more about them.

Accessing The Chat archives. There is a wealth of information about the birds of the Carolinas published in The Chat. We provide two ways to search for information from The Chat. We have a Chat searchable database containing all of the Briefs for the Files and Bird Records Committee reports from volumes 35–79 (years 1971–2015). When was a Red-necked Stint last seen? Little Stint? Have we ever had a good year for Evening Grosbeaks? Find the answers quickly here. We also have a 45-year index to The Chat, so far covering volumes 35—79, years 1971—2015.

The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization which represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its official website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is

Membership is open to those interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds. Is that you? Then join the club.

The Club meets three times a year (Spring, Fall, and Winter) at different locations in North or South Carolina, or occasionally in neighboring states.

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