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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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Port Royal Boardwalk Park

Robin Carter


From the junction of US 21 and US 21 Business on the west side of Beaufort go south on US 21, Ribault Road. In 3.3 miles US 21 turns to the left to cross the high bridge over the Beaufort River. Keep going south on Ribault Road, which is now SC 802, for another 1.6 miles to East Paris Avenue. Turn left (south) onto East Paris Avenue and go south for about 0.5 miles to 6th Street. Here turn left (east) and go 0.2 miles to the parking lot by the boat launch.

Birds to look for

Lesser Scaup (w), Bufflehead (w), Red-breasted Merganser (w), Common Loon (w), Horned Grebe (w), Red-necked Grebe (w), Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern (w), Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Clapper Rail, Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Royal Tern, Forster's Tern, Least Tern (s), Black Skimmer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Sedge Wren (w), Marsh Wren, Palm Warbler (w), Savannah Sparrow (w), Nelson's Sparrow (w), Saltmarsh Sparrow (w), Seaside Sparrow


Port Royal Boardwalk Park, known locally as “The Sands”, is a small but attractive park at a point where two tidal estuaries (Battery Creek and Beaufort River) join. The park has salt marsh, a bit of sandy beach, and some scrub. There is a boardwalk along the edge of a marsh, leading to a 40-foot high multi-tiered observation tower, a great vantage point from which to look for birds and mammals such as raccoons, river otters, and bottle-nosed dolphins.


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