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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.

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Fort Johnson

Robin Carter


From US 17 west of the Ashley River in Charleston, or from the junction of SC 30 and SC 171, Folly Road, on James Island, go south on SC 171, Folly Road, until you reach Fort Johnson Road, which is about 2.5 miles south of the intersection with SC 30. Turn left (east) onto Fort Johnson Road and follow it for about 5 miles to its end.

Birds to look for

Lesser Scaup (w), Bufflehead (w), Common Goldeneye (w), Red-breasted Merganser (w), Red-throated Loon (w), Common Loon (w), Horned Grebe (w), Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Merlin (fall), Peregrine Falcon (fall), Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Bonaparte's Gull (w), Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (w), Great Black-backed Gull (w), Gull-billed Tern (s), Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern (s), Common Tern (spring, fall), Forster's Tern, Least Tern (s)


This small site has a good overlook of Charleston Harbor. It is good for gulls and terns at any season, and has a fair number of fall migrant hawks, especially falcons.



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