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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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Stedman sod farm


Sod farms may attract migrating shorebirds, especially during the protracted fall migration season. Sod farms are most productive after periods of heavy rain, but irrigated farms may produce some sightings even during dry periods. As with most sod farm birding, birders should ask permission to bird from the roads along the fields, should not drive on the sod fields at any time, and should obtain permission before walking across sod.

This medium sized sod farm is just south of the town of Stedman and east of Fayetteville. From I-95 take exit 52 for NC Route 24 east (toward Clinton). After a few miles you enter Stedman, passing the elementary school on the right. After the next light look for Hillsboro Rd on the right. Turn right and proceed a short distance to a sharp right curve. Start looking for the dirt road through the sod farm on the left (Horne Farm Rd) a short while later. The dirt road passes through a gate, then a short section of woods before emerging at several sod fields with circular irrigators. Most birds have been found around these irrigators.

To date the owners of the sod farm have been amiable to birders, although this is always subject to change.

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