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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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Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Robin Carter


From the intersection of US 601 and SC 419 north of Saint Matthews turn west onto SC 419 and go 2.5 miles to the railroad tracks in Fort Motte. After crossing the tracks, continue straight for 1 mile to Turkey Track Lane. Turn right (north) onto Turkey Track Lane (a dirt road) and follow it for 0.95 miles. Here turn left just before the “Pennyworth Homes” sign and continue 0.1 miles to the parking lot.

Birds to look for

Wild Turkey, Anhinga (s), White Ibis (s), Wood Stork (August, September), Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey (s), Swallow-tailed Kite (August), Mississippi Kite (s), Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (fall), Sharp-shinned Hawk (w), Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk (s), Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle (October, November), American Kestrel (fall), Merlin (fall), Peregrine Falcon (fall), Scarlet Tanager (fall), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (fall)


Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve protects bluffs on the south side of the Congaree River that rise about 90 feet above the river and its flood plain. An overlook deck has a great view of most of Congaree National Park. A hawk watch is conducted here (August through November).

There are trails into an interesting moist ravine forest and also down into the flood plain forest. The rest of the preserve is mostly a pine plantation. Plans are afoot to remove the loblolly pines and replace them with longleaf pines. When this happens the young longleaf pine forest should have some interesting birds.

Congaree Bluffs is a good companion site to Congaree National Park, since no part of the national park is south of the Congaree River where the high bluffs are.



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