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.
People across North Carolina are increasingly interacting with wildlife in their daily lives. These close encounters can be exciting but too often end in trouble for the animals involved. Jessie Birckhead, Extension Wildlife Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will share stories and practical advice for addressing interactions with wildlife - from helping cattle farmers deal with black vulture depredation to debunking the myth of "orphaned" fawns. Jessie will share tips and resources to address problem situations, and provide ideas for how to talk to others about interacting with wildlife.
John Gerwin will discuss some of the various “mountain bird” projects he’s been involved with over the past 20 years. He will present highlights and natural history information for the following mountain locations and birds: Haiti (Black-capped Petrel), Nicaragua (Golden-winged Warbler, coffee, and migrants), Southern Appalachians of North Carolina (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush), and the Uwharrie Mountains (Black-throated Green Warbler). He will forego discussions about the mountains of paperwork he does as a government employee.
Ted Simons, Professor in the USGS Cooperative Research Unit at NC State University will highlight the collaborative achievements of the American Oystercatcher Working Group over the past 15 years. These include the establishment of range-wide surveys, color-banding protocols, mark-resight studies, a revision of the Birds of North America species account, and new mechanisms for sharing information. Ted will show that broad collaborative approaches across state, federal, and private sector scientists and the engagement of the public are key elements of effective species conservation programs.
What, you're still not using eBird? Visit us this month to hear Kent Fiala describe why and how you should get started. Kent will describe the value that you can get out of eBird data online, even if you don't put in your own data. For those who are already eBirders, Kent will reveal the hidden world of the eBird reviewer, mistakes that you shouldn't make, and how to make checklists that are more valuable for scientific purposes. Kent Fiala can probably tell you something you didn't know, no matter how long you've been eBirding.
Solutions to our bird conservation challenges require changing human behavior rather than changing bird behavior. To effectively engage people — including private landowners, policymakers, average citizens, and cat owners — in conservation, we must understand human behavior and its drivers. Dr. Dayer will describe how the social sciences are advancing the understanding of human dimensions of bird conservation. She will share a case study about early successional habitat conservation on private lands and discuss how social science information is best applied to design effective conservation strategies and projects.
Despite its origins dating back to 2000 BCE, falconry still remains largely unchanged as a sport. Join us as Dustin Foote talks about the storied history of falconry and what it takes to train a bird of prey. Live birds will be on display for audience members to experience up close and personal.
The Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland (10 times larger than the Everglades), is an enormous basin, mostly in central-western Brazil, that floods 2-5 meters deep in the rainy season. In the dry season, the water recedes into streams and pools, concentrating the fish and the birds and animals that feed on them. The result is one of the most abundant and diverse wildlife areas on earth, a paradise for the nature traveler. David and Judy Smith visited the southern Pantanal in October of 2015 and the northern Pantanal in July of 2016, and they will share photos and a few movies from their trips.
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 Mary George 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 | April | May | September | October | November
2016: 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.
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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