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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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CBC Fall Birding Weekend — Havelock, NC

This motion passed Wednesday, August 4th. The Executive Committee (EC) took this action due to the disheartening, parabolic rise in the Delta Variant:

CBC cancels the 2021 Birding Weekend at Havelock, NC, for the safety of its members due to the upsurge and further projected increase in the prevalence of the Delta Variant among the general population.

Therefore, CBC Members who have already reserved a room at the Days Inn should call and cancel their reservations.

The EC apologizes to all CBC members that the pandemic has forced us to cancel yet another seasonal meeting. Even with vaccinations, the CDC has said that "The Delta variant is one of the most infectious viruses we know of", a disturbing statement. The EC does not want to inadvertently aid transmission of the virus by hosting a gathering amid rapidly rising hospitalization rates. Birding with other people is one of the pleasures of our hobby, but the news about COVID-19 is alarming enough to force us to cancel the Fall meeting.

The Winter seasonal meeting at the Outer Banks (OBX) has not been affected by this motion, but the Executive Committee will continue to monitor the infection rates and CDC recommendations, but, as of now, we are planning to hold the Winter meeting. Details about the OBX Winter meeting will be in the October Newsletter, and full details for reservations and registration will be communicated in November.

Sadly, please also note that the Wings Over Water Festival at the OBX will not be held this fall.