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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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Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area

Robin Carter


From Charleston go north on US 17. In about 44 miles you will reach the bridge over the South Santee River at the Georgetown County line. The parking lot for Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area is about 2 miles further, on the right, just before the bridge over the North Santee River.

From Georgetown go south on US 17. In about 13 miles you will cross the bridge over the North Santee River. The parking lot for Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area is on the left, just past the bridge.

Birds to look for

Mottled Duck, Anhinga, Least Bittern (s), Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Green Heron (s), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (s), White Ibis, Wood Stork (s), Osprey, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier (w), Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, King Rail, Common Moorhen, Gull-billed Tern (s), Tree Swallow (w), Bobolink (m)


The parking lot of Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area is great place from which to scan the skies of Swallow-tailed Kites and other soaring birds. Kites are usually present from early April through mid September, sometimes slightly earlier or later. There is a trail into the marshes of the delta of the Santee River, but this trail is closed during the duck-hunting season (mid October through the end of January). Be warned—mosquitoes and deer flies can be bad here during the summer.

Rarities seen along the trail include Ruff, Purple Gallinule and White-crowned Sparrow.



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