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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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Francis Marion National Forest

Robin Carter


For your first visit to Francis Marion National Forest you should first visit the See Wee Visitors Center on US 17 in Awendaw for information. To reach the See Wee Visitor Center go north on US 17 from Charleston for about 21 miles, or go south on US 17 from Georgetown for about 38 miles. The Visitor Center is on the east side of US 17.

Birds to look for

Wood Duck, Lesser Scaup (w), Hooded Merganser (w), Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Anhinga. Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret (s), Green Heron (s), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (s), White Ibis, Osprey, Swallow-tailed Kite (s), Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (s), Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Common Nighthawk (s), Chuck-will's-widow (s), Whip-poor-will (s), Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee (s), Acadian Flycatcher (s), Eastern Phoebe (w), Great Crested Flycatcher (s), Eastern Kingbird (s), Blue-headed Vireo (w), White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, House Wren (w), Winter Wren (w), Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush (s), Gray Catbird, Orange-crowned Warbler (w), Northern Parula (s), Yellow-rumped Warbler (w), Black-throated Green Warbler (s), Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler (w), American Redstart (s), Prothonotary Warbler (s), Worm-eating Warbler (s), Swainson's Warbler (s), Ovenbird (spring, fall), Northern Waterthrush (spring, fall), Louisiana Waterthrush (s), Kentucky Warbler (s), Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler (s), Yellow-breasted Chat (s), Summer Tanager (s), Eastern Towhee, Bachman's Sparrow (s), Chipping Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow (w), Henslow's Sparrow (w), Le Conte's Sparrow (w), Fox Sparrow (w), Blue Grosbeak (s), Indigo Bunting (s), Painted Bunting (s)


Francis Marion National Forest has a very wide range of habitats, including longleaf pine savannas, floodplain forest, bald cypress-water tupelo sloughs, pine plantations, and even a bit of salt marsh. Many birders are attracted by the piney woods and Deep South specialties that are found here relatively easily, including Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Swainson's Warbler, Bachman's Sparrow, and Painted Bunting. Stop by the See Wee Visitor Center or check out the web site of the Cape Romain Bird Observatory for help in find these and many other species of birds.



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