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

Join us — Join, Renew, Donate

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.

Join, Renew, or Donate now!

Other Resources (NOT sponsored by Carolina Bird Club)

Lake Conestee Nature Park
Greenville, South Carolina

Paul Serridge


LCNP has 5 entrances:

A map showing all 5 entrances can be found on the Lake Conestee Nature Park website.

Note that the parking lots on Henderson Avenue and at 601 Fork Shoals Road are gated. If the gates are closed, park on the side of the road and enter on foot. The gates are closed at dusk. The other parking lots are permanently open. There are 2 sets of public restrooms in the area off Mauldin Road and at the Belmont Fire Department trail-head. In the opinion of this reviewer the best places to start birding are either Spanco Drive (access to the South Bay lake and the paved Swamp Rabbit Trail) and Mauldin Road (access to both East and West Bays and numerous natural surface trails).

Birds to look for

The Greenville County Bird Club has established a comprehensive bird list for the Park. The list is updated and published monthly on the Greenville County Bird Club website.

The lake and river are good places for several resident waterfowl species as well as for wintering ducks and migrating shorebirds (Yellowlegs, Least, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, Wilson's Snipe). American Bitterns have been observed between January and May. In the winter several sparrow species (including Field, Swamp, White-throated, Song, and Fox) have been seen, particularly along the wetland edges. To date (March 2011) 34 warbler species have been reported in the Park. The Park, being part of the Reedy River valley is a good place for observing the occasional rarity (for the Upstate region of SC). There are 2 reports of an Anhinga. Both Gray and Red Foxes, White-tailed Deer, Beaver, River Otter and 3 species of turtles are among the fauna in the Park. On November 15, 2010, the Audubon South Carolina, the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International accepted LCNP as an Important Bird Area (IBA) of Global Significance on the basis of LCNP far exceeding the threshold of ninety Rusty Blackbirds present during the winter season.


Lake Conestee was established in the early 1800s through damming of the Reedy River. It is now approximately 90% silted in. The Lake Conestee Nature Park, managed by the Conestee Foundation, is a 400 acre property comprised of the former lakebed and contains wetlands, sloughs, bottomland forests, and 3 miles of the Reedy River. The water level in a large section of marsh has been significantly raised by active beaver dams.

The Park has several miles of well-marked natural and paved trails (the latter suitable for handicapped access), observation decks at the 3 sections of the lake, a raised observation platform, and several boardwalks through varied habitat. An updated trail map can be down loaded from the park website.

The Greenville County Bird Club conducts a morning bird-walk on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Details can be found on the "Outings" page of the Greenville County Bird Club. All GCBC trips are open to the general public.


For more information about the park including an overview site map with surface streets, visit Upstate Forever's website at www.conesteepark.com (scroll down the page for site map).


Google map

Return to South Carolina site map

Return to South Carolina site table of contents

Return to CBC Main Page