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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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Lock and Dam 1

by Kent Fiala


From the intersection of NC 11 and NC 87 in Columbus County, drive west on 87 for 2.1 miles to Locks 1 Road on the right. Follow Locks 1 Road to its end. This is in Bladen County.

If you are coming from I-40, you can exit at Burgaw and follow NC 53 and then NC 11 until you reach the intersection with NC 87.

Birds to look for

Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Anhinga, Wood Stork, Cattle Egret

When to come

Late spring or summer


The picnic area at this Corps of Engineers site provides an excellent vantage point for scanning the skies above the Cape Fear River. In recent years this site has come to be known as one of the better sites for finding Swallow-tailed Kites in North Carolina. Other species that might be seen flying by here include Mississippi Kite, Anhinga, Wood Stork, and various herons including Cattle Egret. Be prepared to be patient.

Kites are possible anywhere in the vicinity. They have sometimes been seen over fields along NC 87 for example.


Restrooms, picnic area with grills, boat ramp. A private campground is adjacent.



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