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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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Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

Robin Carter


From Aiken, drive south on US 78 for 12 miles to Windsor. Watch for the Aiken State Park sign on the right. Approximately 0.5 miles after the park sign turn left on Spring Branch Road (near the "Lil Country Store"). Drive about 5 miles to the intersection with Oak Ridge Club Road. (The paved Spring Branch Road will become dirt Windsor Road before the crossroad. Oak Ridge Club Road is also a dirt road.) Turn right and drive approximately 1 mile to the preserve, which is on both sides of the road.

Birds to look for

Northern Bobwhite, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (s), Common Nighthawk (s), Chuck-will's-widow (s), Whip-poor-will (s), Great Crested Flycatcher (s), Eastern Kingbird (s), Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Prairie Warbler (s), Ovenbird (s), Yellow-breasted Chat (s), Summer Tanager (s), Eastern Towhee, Bachman's Warbler (s), Chipping Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak (s), Indigo Bunting (s), Orchard Oriole (s)


This large preserve protects the habitat of some of the northern-most Florida Gopher Tortoises. The most interesting part of the preserve is the extensive longleaf pine - turkey oak savanna. Large numbers of Bachman's Sparrows nest here and are easily observed from early April through early July. Another interesting common nester on the savanna is the Common Nighthawk. Gopher tortoises are present, but hard to find.

During the August to January deer hunting season it is best to avoid this site or visit only on a Sunday.

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve with its pinewoods and savanna is a good companion site to nearby Aiken State Natural Area, with its floodplain forests.



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