About the Club

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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Carolina Bird Club covid safety

Our next in-person meeting will take place in Nags Head, North Carolina from January 13–16, 2022. (Registration is currently open!) The Executive Committee of the Carolina Bird Club (CBC) unanimously voted to require full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to attend all future CBC meetings starting with the Nags Head meeting. The Carolina Bird Club defines “fully-vaccinated” as 2 weeks after the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after the single-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No “booster” vaccines will be required to attend the Nags Head meeting. Members who wish to attend our first meeting in two years will be asked to indicate their status as fully-vaccinated in order to be able to register for the meeting.

To save time at the meeting, please email an image of each meeting registrant's COVID-19 vaccination card in advance to Carol Bowman <hq@carolinabirdclub.org>, the club's headquarters secretary, prior to January 6, 2022.  It will be acceptable to obscure your date of birth in the image if you prefer. Or, if you prefer you can wait and present your vaccination card (or a photograph thereof) in person at registration at the meeting, but don't forget to bring it! All individuals understand and acknowledge by their registration for the meeting that they will not be allowed to participate in any meeting activities until proof of vaccination is satisfied; ergo, if you choose not to send Carol Bowman proof of vaccination, don't forget your card! The CBC will be unbending about this requirement.

For all indoor group activities, ventless masks that completely and snugly cover the nose and mouth must be worn, unless actively eating a meal. If you intend to carpool with others, unless everyone in the car agrees beforehand to not wear them in the vehicle, masks must be worn. Masks need not be worn during outside activities, though individual members who feel more comfortable wearing theirs may choose to do so.

Individuals who are immuno-suppressed and cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 may not register for CBC in-person meetings until such time as the CDC declares an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Proof of full-vaccination is required of all attendees.  There will be no exemptions for any reason.

Thanks for your cooperation in making the meeting safe for everyone. It will be great to see everyone again!