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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.

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Imagine Spring in the Blue Ridge!
Carolina Bird Club Spring Meeting – Asheville, NC

Ron Clark

We hope you will join us in Asheville for the Spring CBC Meeting on May 3–4 when we gather again to make new friends, reunite with old ones, and enjoy a variety of field trips through the area's diverse mountain and valley habitats.

Our keynote speakers Saturday evening will be Marilyn Westphal and Mark Simpson. Their presentation, “Breeding Birds of the Southern Blue Ridge—The Only Constant is Change", will cover the underlying factors contributing to changing breeding bird populations over time in the Southern Appalachians, with an emphasis on range changes of thrushes and warblers such as Hermit and Swainson's Thrush, and Magnolia, Swainson's, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

The buffet Saturday evening will include a cash bar as well as a vegetarian entrée. Participants should indicate if they have a dietary preference when registering. Saturday night's dinner buffet is being provided by the hotel at a cost of $25/person.

There will be a social gathering prior to our Friday evening program. Friday evening's speaker is Paul Super, Research Coordinator, Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Paul's presentation entitled “Protecting the Birds of the Smokies: Avian Research and Management in Great Smoky Mountains National Park” will provide a brief overview of research and protection activities related to birds of the Smokies. Over 245 bird species have been recorded within the park including year-round residents like the Carolina race of the Dark-eyed Junco, Neotropical migrant breeders like the Black-throated Green Warbler, and endangered species like the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The park hosts an extensive resource management team and works with over 150 research partners to understand and protect its wildlife and natural systems. Mr. Super has worked in the Smokies since the fall of 1998, and previously at Acadia NP, Big Bend NP, Yellowstone NP, Point Reyes National Seashore, Grand Canyon NP, and Cape Cod National Seashore. He has an MS in Conservation Ecology from the University of California, where he studied the ecology of avian malarial parasites.

Early registration for the meeting closes on April 29th. After that, you can only register at the meeting for $35. There are no refunds for registration or meals after April 22nd. Breakfast, which is not included in the meeting or lodging fees, may be purchased at the hotel.

We will be staying at the Asheville Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort located on One Resort Drive in Asheville. The resort offers lots of complimentary amenities and access to major Asheville attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore House, NC Arboretum, the Pisgah National Forest, UNC Asheville, and the River Arts District.

The resort offers a shuttle to the downtown area for a small fee. Rates are $99 plus tax for Double rooms, $109 plus tax for King rooms, and $129 plus tax for King Executive Suites. These rates will also apply three days before and after our event. The rooms have private balconies, mini refrigerators, and high-speed internet. Please use the customized website to make reservations and learn more about the resort. You can also call 888-233-9527 for reservations, 7 days, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. through April 22, 2013 and mention the group code CBC. After April 22, 2013, the website link will no longer be active, and you must call 800-733-3211 Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for reservations assistance. Reservations made after April 22, 2013 will be on a space available basis at the prevailing rate, which may be higher than the contracted group rate.

We look forward to seeing you in Asheville!