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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Other Resources (NOT sponsored by Carolina Bird Club)

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Robin Carter


From the intersection of US 1 and SC 145 about 2 miles north of McBee go north on US 1 for about 2 miles to the refuge headquarters on the left (northwest) side of US 1.

Birds to look for

Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Wigeon (w), Green-winged Teal (w), Ring-necked Duck (w), Hooded Merganser (w), Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Pied-billed Grebe (w), American Kestrel (mostly winter; a few nest), American Coot (w), Common Nighthawk (s), Chuck-will's-widow (s), Whip-poor-will (s), Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (s), Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee (s), Eastern Phoebe (w), Loggerhead Shrike, Blue-headed Vireo (w, but may nest), Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Pine Warbler, Summer Tanager (s), Eastern Towhee, Bachman's Sparrow (s), Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting


Carolina Sandhills NWR protects thousands of acres of sandhills habitats, including mature longleaf pine-turkey oak woodlands, bayhead swamps, grassy fields, pine plantations, and even a bit of floodplain forests. There are many ponds on the refuge, which attract a few ducks in winter, but the main attraction is the high-quality longleaf pine forests with many Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and all of the other species of southeastern pine forests.

An auto tour route begins at the refuge headquarters and leads to most of habitats found on the refuge.

Several other good birding areas are nearby, including Sandhills State Forest, Cheraw State Park, and McBee Wildlife Management Area. To reach McBee Wildlife Management Area (very good for sparrows) go south on US 1 from McBee for about 4 miles. Here turn left (south) onto Road 296, Old Creek Road. The management area is 2 miles south, on the left (east).



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