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

  1. Who wrote the history of CBC for Wildlife in North Carolina magazine in 1972?
    1. Eloise Potter
    2. Charlotte Hilton Green
    3. Clyde Smith
    4. Tom Quay
  2. In the fall of 1950, what city hosted the first CBC meeting ever held in South Carolina?
    1. Charleston
    2. Columbia
    3. Greenville
    4. Clemson
  3. Who was CBC's first President?
    1. Archie Shaftesbury
    2. Roxie Collie Laybourne
    3. H. H. Brimley
    4. C. S. Brimley
  4. What was the amount of annual dues in 1937? $1.00
  5. Who became internationally known as “the feather lady” for research on the structure of down feathers, and was locally known as a mentor to birding youths in the 1940s?
    1. Roxie Collie Laybourne
    2. Charlotte Hilton Green
    3. Nellie F. Sanborn
    4. Edna L. Appleberry
  6. In August 1939, where was the first ever CBC field trip held?
    1. Mattamuskeet NWR
    2. Pea Island NWR
    3. Duke Forest
    4. Ft. Fisher/Wilmington
  7. Who was the first editor of The Chat?
    1. Archie E. Shaftesbury
    2. H. H. Brimley
    3. John H. Grey
    4. Roxie Collie Laybourne
  8. In what year was the first Checklist of North Carolina Birds published?
    1. 1941
    2. 1953
    3. 1966
    4. 1978
  9. Who wrote Birds of the Carolinas, first published in 1980? Eloise Potter, James Parnell, and Robert Teulings
  10. Who as a teenager (current CBC member) won first prize in the North Carolina Academy of Science Ornithology essay contest at the 1946 spring meeting in Boone? Bob Holmes
  11. Who are the authors of South Carolina Bird Life, first published in 1949? Alexander Sprunt, Jr. and E. Burnham Chamberlain
  12. Who provided the pen and ink drawing of a Dovekie for the cover of The Chat in 1967? Doug Pratt
  13. Name three CBC members who studied ornithology under Dr. Tom Quay at N. C. State University in the late 1960s and early 1970s? Doug Pratt, Harry LeGrand, Mark Simpson, Merrill Lynch, Wayne Irvin, Paul Sykes, Chris Marsh, John Wright, and others.
  14. What former CBC president was one of Clemson University's early ornithology students and later a Clemson professor? Sid Gauthreaux
  15. Who was President of CBC in 2000? Len Pardue
  16. Who was President of CBC in 1990? Robin Carter
  17. Which of the following was never a regional editor for American Birds?
    1. Harry LeGrand
    2. Robert Teulings
    3. John Fussell
    4. Ricky Davis
  18. TIE BREAKER: Who was our first website manager/webmaster? Russ Tyndall

    The website editor cannot resist including some trivia: The first CBC web site was at http://members.aol.com/cbirdclub, announced on carolinabirds on 23 Oct 1997. It moved to its current location http://www.carolinabirdclub.org on 10 Feb 2000. The oldest page archived on the wayback machine is from Jan 2001. The position of website editor was officially included in the by-laws in May 2004. Russ Tyndall resigned in Aug 2004 and the current website editor, Kent Fiala, assumed his duties in Sept 2004.

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