Chapel Hill Bird Club
The Chapel Hill Bird Club is for everyone who loves wild birds. Whether you watch birds in your yard or travel to ends of the earth for rarities, our club offers something for you: access to like-minded people including experts who can answer your questions, interesting programs, weekly field trips, Christmas and spring bird counts, and a Facebook group. We are a friendly group and welcome all. Our members mostly come from the Research Triangle area of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Pittsboro, and surrounding towns.
|At our November 2003 meeting we voted unanimously to pay for the restoration of an original Audubon print at the North Carolina Museum of Art. By a vote of 14 to 9, Brown-headed Nuthatch won over Red-headed Woodpecker. |
We also voted unanimously to make a donation to support Susan Campbell's hummingbird banding work.
2013 Chapel Hill Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, December 22
We have monthly meetings from September through May. We meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at Binkley Baptist Church, in the Lounge. Binkley is at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, at the intersection with 15-501 near University Mall (map with meeting room indicated by green arrow). Visitors welcome! Come at 7:15 for light refreshments. No meeting in December.
Don Seriff, Natural Resources Supervisor with Mecklenburg County’s Conservation Science Office, will present a summary of the work of early ornithologists active in the 14-county region around Charlotte, NC. So, what do The Bill Cosby TV show, the movie Fame, the NC state bird, the 1960's Freedom Riders, and the 1906 San Franciso earthquake have to do with these early Carolina birders? Join us as we learn the answers to these and other intriguing questions about the rich ornithological heritage of the central Carolinas and the early birders who led the way.
Ali Iyoob is a 19-year old junior at UNC Chapel Hill with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. When he's not cracking the books, you might find him handling venomous snakes or reeling in a trophy fish. But it is his passion for birding that prompted Ali to set his sights on the NC Big Year record of 351. Join us as Ali shares stories and photos of his yearlong quest for a new state record.
Scott Winton is a PhD candidate studying environmental science and policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He works in the Duke University Wetland Center under the direction of Professor Curt Richardson. Scott hypothesizes that wintering waterfowl may play a role in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in wetland areas such as Lake Mattamuskeet. Join us as Scott explores this question and reveals the methods he is using to arrive at answers.
The rapid decline of the beautiful Cerulean Warbler led Charlotte Goedsche on her 15-year journey to document their activities on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Asheville in the Bull Creek Important Bird Area. She'll discuss her research and share what she's learned, including how she tells individual birds apart by their songs, and what really goes on at the nest.
Ethiopia, that populous and ancient country in the horn of Africa, might not be at the top of your list for African birding destinations, but it is home to more than 30 endemic bird species, plus several strange and beautiful endemic mammals. The country’s cultural history is rich and distinctive and can’t be ignored even on a birding trip. David and Judy Smith, our guides on this tour of Ethiopia, have traveled widely in search of birds, and as usual, they returned with lots of photos. Join them for a few bee-eaters, sunbirds, turacos, hornbills, and weavers, as well as wolves, monkeys, and the Giant Root-rat.
From the mountains to the sea, North Carolina's state parks offer critical habitats for migrating and year-round birds and wonderful opportunities for birders to hone their bird identification skills. Brian Bockhahn has birded in all 40 of North Carolina's state parks and compiles 5 different Christmas Bird Counts and over 50 wildlife monitoring programs. Come join us as Brian Bockhahn, District Education Specialist, describes the spectacular birds of our state parks.
We have weekly Saturday morning field trips from September through April. For details, see the field trip schedule. We meet at 7:30 am at the Glen Lennox Shopping Center parking lot, on the north side of NC 54, just east of the intersection with 15-501 in Chapel Hill [map]. Trips normally end before noon. Visitors welcome!
Our monthly newsletter is the Bulletin. If you would like a free hard copy of the latest newsletter, send Judith Fortney your name and address. The following issues are online in PDF format. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to read PDF files.
1999: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November
2000: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November | December
2001: January | February | March | April | May | August | September | October | November | December
2002: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2003: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2004: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2005: January | February | March | April | May | June | September | October | November/December
2006: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2007: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2008: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2009: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2010: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2011: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November/December
2012: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November
2013: January | February | March | April | May | September | October | November
If you'd like to interact with other local bird folks online, check out the Chapel Hill Bird Club's new Facebook group.
Chapel Hill Birds Blog
Rob Gluck created a Chapel Hill Bird Club blog, but is looking for someone to take it over - please send him a note if you'd like to help!
We conduct Christmas, spring, and fall bird counts.
The CHBC Checklist lists all the birds ever recorded in Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties, NC, from 1975-11/2011, with frequency designations for every week of the year. The 2008, 2005, 2002, and 1999 CHBC Checklists are still available for comparison. There's also a graphical version in zipped Microsoft Word format.
We co-sponsor the Orange County (NC) Mini-Breeding Bird Survey. Visit Haven Wiley's Mini-BBS page for full details.
Annual dues are $15 per individual or family, or $10 if you're a student. To join the club, simply fill out this membership form and mail it in.
A History of the Chapel Hill Bird Club by Maury Graves - article published in the Fall 1991 CHBC Bulletin.
Officers, Constitution, and By-Laws of the Chapel Hill Bird Club.
You may wish to join the Carolina Bird Club, which covers both Carolinas, as well as New Hope Audubon or Wake Audubon, which also have bird-related programs and activities.
|Field trip exploring the Morgan Creek mudflats at Jordan Lake, 8/3/2002.|
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