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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.

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Welcome to the Western North Carolina Mountains!

Thursday through Sunday, May 5–8, 2022

by Kitti Reynolds

The Carolina Bird Club is so happy to sponsor another meeting in the beautiful mountains around Asheville, North Carolina. Join us as we welcome the return of colorful warblers and other beautiful migrants up and down our slopes. There are a number of trips along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as the Blue Ridge escarpment and several local parks. The birds will be everywhere!

We have a block of 50 rooms with 2 queen beds for May 5, 6, and 7 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. The rate is $169.00 per night, plus tax. In order to book at this rate, you must reserve the rooms before April 5 (extended to Monday, April 11) at midnight. Call the toll-free number 1-844-330-0296 and mention Carolina Bird Club or call the local number 828-285-2603 during business hours and again mention Carolina Bird Club. Check in time is 3 PM and check out time is 11 AM. A la carte/to go breakfasts and bag lunches will be available by 6 AM or possibly 5:30 if you pre-order using the order form. Note: The rooms have mini-refrigerators and coffee/tea makers but no microwaves. No free breakfasts. The full-service restaurant, The Overlook, is open from 6:30 am to 2 pm, and 5pm to 10 pm. The bar, AVL 828, is open from 2 pm to 12 am, and serves appetizers.

For on-line reservations use www.ashevillecp.com. Under check availability enter dates of stay and enter group code CBC. Any questions, please contact Kelly Curtis, 828-285-2620.

CBC registration will begin at 4 PM Thursday. Please check in to pick up your registration packet and badge. IMPORTANT: Field trip lists will be available for you to initial and confirm that you are registered and will attend the trips you signed up for. Trip directions will also be included in the meeting information packet. For those of you signing up for all-day trips, please remember that you must bring your own lunch. Although Covid restrictions have eased at the date of this writing, please be prepared to wear a mask if you carpool on the birding trips. Most trips will leave from the Crowne Plaza parking lot.

Due to concern over Covid-19, this will be a hybrid meeting. Our Friday and Saturday speakers will be presenting over Zoom, and no banquet is planned. Bring a laptop or tablet if possible, so that you can enjoy the speakers. On Friday night we are proud to present Asheville's own Simon Thompson, owner of Ventures Birding Tours. Simon will speak on “Birding in the Time of Covid”. Saturday night we are pleased to present John Carpenter, Project Director for the North Carolina Breeding Bird Atlas Project. John will explain the project and bring us up to speed on the latest findings.

Online registration will begin at 2 PM on April 2 and end at midnight on April 24. However walk-in registrations are accepted at the meeting. See you there!