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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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Commemorating the Club's 80th anniversary, CBC lapel pins will be available for sale at the meeting. The price will be $5.00 each. There will be a choice of two designs, shown below.

image of first pin design
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CBC Spring Meeting Winston Salem, NC
April 28–29 2017

Karyl Gabriel

You won't want to miss the excitement of spring migration in the North Carolina Piedmont and the 2017 Carolina Bird Club meeting in Winston-Salem, NC on April 28–29. Field trips include a variety of piedmont and pre-mountain habitats in and around Winston-Salem and Greensboro and the Blue Ridge Parkway, including many on the NC Birding Trail, as well as Pilot Mountain, which is designated as an Important Bird Area.

We will be based at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center in Winston-Salem (420 High Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101). The conference center has a 3-Diamond AAA rating, is NC Green Travel Certified and features free parking, business center and fitness center. The Bayberry Bistro on site specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service; guests can also have a drink at the bar. The Hawthorne Inn is conveniently located close to interesting downtown dining and cultural attractions for birders and their non-birding companions alike.

Rooms at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center may be booked by calling (800) 972-3774 and asking for a room in the Carolina Bird Club block. Room rates are $95 per night (excluding NC state tax of 6.75% and occupancy tax of 6%) and include a complimentary hot breakfast. Please remember that reservations made after March 4, 2017 are subject to space availability. All the rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free WiFi and hairdryer.

We will have sessions both Friday and Saturday evenings (cash bar available both nights). Saturday evening will feature a buffet dinner at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center followed by a program and CBC general meeting. The buffet is priced at $28 per person. Joan Collins will be our featured speaker on Saturday evening. A passionate birder and ear-birder, Joan is a writer and speaker on ornithology topics for many organizations and programs, a New York State licensed bird guide and owner of Adirondack Avian Expeditions. She is active in conservation and climate change work with a special love for the Bicknell's Thrush and Gray Jay. On Friday evening Will Scott, with the Yadkin Riverkeeper, will join us to discuss their activities to promote and protect the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin and clean water. The Yadkin River is the principal hydrological artery of central NC, now threatened as many of our rivers are, by industrial pollution and poor management.

Please join us for another memorable CBC meeting!