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.
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.
Tom's trip to Uganda was a naturalist's dream. He began his 3 weeks in Uganda by seeing the enigmatic Shoebill and ended his journey with the Mountain Gorillas! In between, he saw over 420 species of birds, 40 species of mammals (including several lions and 10 species of monkeys), and a Spitting Cobra. Join us as Tom shares his stories and photos of Uganda's amazing birds.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences bird curator and Wake Audubon board member John Gerwin will recap his 17 days of birding in northern Ecuador. He will discuss and show images of many of the 60 species of hummingbirds seen, plus many of the colorful tanagers and other notable tropical birds.
Your yard — and the kinds of plants in it — matters more than you may know. Native plants play an important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive. By planting shrubs that provide high-fat berries, trees that host caterpillars, and flowers that provide nectar for hummingbirds, your yard can make a real difference for birds year-round.
Kim Brand is the Bird-Friendly Communities Project Coordinator for Audubon North Carolina, which promotes bird conservation efforts in the cities and towns where people live. Kim has a master's degree in ornithology and has been a board member of Forsyth Audubon for five years.
Natalia will discuss her PhD work in Colombia: setting conservation priorities for the country, applying them in local nature reserves, and determining how deforestation has affected vulnerable birds. Through maps, pictures, and stories, Natalia will take us through the Colombian Andes, revealing its beautiful birds.
Natalia is a PhD candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke. A Colombian native, she has studied the country's birds for 10 years and now focuses on helping protect Colombia's most vulnerable birds.
Three quarters of all recorded animal extinctions since 1600 are of island species even though island species are only a small fraction of all species. This is especially true for birds. Living or breeding on islands also affects birds’ evolution, reproduction and behavior.
With a PhD in demography, Judith Fortney spent most of her career in international public health. Now she serves on the board of the Farallon Island Foundation which supports the ecology of islands.
Coastal Wildlife Biologist Lindsay Addison will share her knowledge of the state's colonial waterbirds, focusing on Audubon's work at 19 managed sites in coastal North Carolina. These sanctuaries support thousands of nesting pairs of pelicans, herons, egrets, and ibises along with other bird species. Lindsay will also talk about non-breeding birds that use inlets and other coastal habitats of North Carolina.
With their remarkable ability to imitate dozens of species, mockingbirds have fascinated humans for millennia. Despite this fascination, scientists are only beginning to address basic questions of vocal mimicry. Dave Gammon, a bird biologist from Elon University, has studied vocal mimicry in Northern Mockingbirds for nearly a decade and will present some of his recent findings of this 'many-tongued' mimic.
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
2014: January | February | March | April | May | September| October
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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