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.
2015 Chapel Hill Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, December 27
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.
Susan Campbell is a recognized authority on hummingbirds in the state of North Carolina. She has traveled statewide to band over 2000 hummingbirds encompassing nine species. Susan will share recent highlights from her research into both summer and winter hummingbirds in our state. She will describe the basics of attracting and feeding wintering hummingbirds.
Biologists used to think copulation was the finish line for an animal’s reproductive success, but we now know that sperm of different males often compete to fertilize a female’s eggs. Advances in DNA sequencing mean we can examine this competition on the genetic level. How does this post-mating competition drive the evolution of a species? Irene Liu studied the behavior and genes of three North American blackbird species to answer this and other questions.
On a visit to Northern Peru in October 2014, we saw birds from the ridiculous to the sublime (Hoatzin to Marvelous Spatuletail) as well as a couple of recently-discovered species that have been seen by, at most, only a couple of hundred birders, the Scarlet-banded Barbet and the near-mythical Long-whiskered Owlet.
When Caren Cooper conducts studies of bird populations, she relies on data provided by multitudes of unpaid assistants from all across the country. Initiatives like the Christmas Bird Count and the Nest Watch program enlist an army of citizen scientists whose contributions are rapidly changing the way she and other scientists study bird life. Join us as Caren Cooper describes her passion to engage citizen scientists to study bird ecology and wildlife conservation.
In 1994, a pair of eagles began nesting at one of Greensboro's city lakes. It was one of only 8 pairs of eagles in the entire state. Lynn Moseley will talk about the decline and subsequent recovery of Bald Eagles in North America from the perspective of this special pair of eagles whose successes and failures she documented for 22 years. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Lynn share personal stories about her experiences with these special birds.
Balancing uses in the development of a nature center in an Important Bird Area is critically important. Come learn about plans for the development of the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary in Corolla NC, a climate stronghold for birds that is listed in the top 5% of locations nationally. Located at a historic duck hunting lodge, the future for this site involves research into habitat response to sea level rise and immersive adult education.
Jessie Birckhead, Conservation Coordinator for the NC Chapter of The Nature Consevancy, will discuss challenges facing grassland birds in agricultural landscapes and how the cattle industry can better accommodate breeding grassland birds by using native warm-season forages.
The wildlife of New Zealand encompasses everything from fabulous endangered endemics to horribly misguided introduced species. Natural and un-natural selection have led to a precarious balance, but the country offers great opportunities to the traveling birder. David and Judy Smith will share photos and memories of their trip to New Zealand and also to the Australian island-state of Tasmania. Expect everything from Albatross to Wallaby, with a couple of devils thrown in.
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 | November
2015: January | February | March
If you'd like to interact with other local bird folks online, check out the Chapel Hill Bird Club's new Facebook group.
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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