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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.

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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Other Resources (NOT sponsored by Carolina Bird Club)

Beidler Forest

Robin Carter


From the intersection of I-26 and I-95, drive southeast on I-26 for 8 miles to Exit 177 and turn right (south) toward Harleyville on SC 453, Judge Street. In 1 mile you will reach US 178. Here turn left (southeast) and drive through Harleyville. At about 7 miles from SC 453 turn left onto Road 28, Beidler Forest Road. Go about 4 miles and continue straight on Mims Road. The entrance is 1 mile on the right.

From Charleston, drive west on I-26 to Exit 187, turn left (south) onto SC 27 for 1 miles, then right (northwest) onto US 78 for 3 miles. At the fork bear right onto US 178 for 0.8 miles, then turn right onto Road 28, Beidler Forest Road. Go about 4 miles and continue straight on Mims Road. The entrance is 1 mile on the right.

Birds to look for

Wood Duck, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (s), Mississippi Kite (s), Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (s), Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher (s), Great Crested Flycatcher (s). White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper (w), Winter Wren (w), Orange-crowned Warbler (w), Northern Parula (s), Yellow-rumped Warbler (w), Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler (w), Prothonotary Warbler (s), Swainson's Warbler (s), Hooded Warbler (s), Summer Tanager (s), Fox Sparrow (w), Rusty Blackbird (w)


The National Audubon Society's Beidler Forest Sanctuary protects one of the largest tract of old-growth bald cypress-water tupelo swamps in the world. This forest has large numbers of birds at all seasons, species typical of southeastern floodplain forests. A mile long boardwalk through the swamp makes access very easy. There is a nominal admission fee.

The animals along the boardwalk are used to visitors and are easily viewed, including a Barred Owl that is often seen, even at midday. Unfortunately Swainson's Warbler, though common, is as tricky to see here as it is anywhere else.



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