Bristol Bird Club

Thanks to the Bristol Bird Club’s support of Mountain Empire Birds.  Welcome aboard and thanks for your support of this website. 

The Bristol Bird Club is a chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and affiliate club of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Founded in 1950, the club focuses on birding and conservation in the Bristol TN/VA area, as well as field trips and annual bird counts in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (except in December) at 7:00 pm in the Expedition Assembly Room at the Summit Building, 1227 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN (behind the Eastman Credit Union) or join us on Zoom.

The Bristol Bird Club (BBC) hosts the Mendota Hawk Watch in September and organizes the BBC Christmas Bird Count and sponsors the Shady Valley and Glade Spring Christmas Bird Counts. There are many opportunities for birding with small groups and for individual efforts to be included in the group’s activities. Field trips to Burke’s Garden and other birding hot spots are made most years. The monthly meetings combine education with enjoyment of birding and the natural world.

Bristol Bird Club | Facebook 

The club also has a listserve FreeLists / Bristol Birds to share club information and the latest bird sightings. 


President: Larry McDaniel ([email protected])
First Vice President: Harry Norman
Second Vice President: Rob Biller
Secretary: Debi Campbell
Treasurer: Brenda Richards

Join Us and Enjoy the Wonders of Birding!

The period for 2022 membership dues for the Bristol Bird Club (BBC) and the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) is coming up. The BBC dues period is from Jan 1 thru Mar 31. The membership cost is for one year, Jan 1 thru Dec 31.

The BBC is a chapter of the TOS. It is a requirement that all chapter members are TOS members and are required to pay TOS dues. Members of other TOS chapters are only required to pay for the Associate Membership to become a member of the BBC.

Membership includes Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) membership and two TOS publications. TOS dues are Family $22, Individual $18, Sustaining $30, Student $5 and Individual Life $450. BBC dues are $10 for any category.

Please visit the TOS website at to learn more about the organization and the benefits of becoming a TOS member.


Family $32
Individual: $28
Sustaining: $40
Associate: $10
Student (K-12): $15
Individual Life: $450 (TOS only)

Please make checks payable to the Bristol Bird Club and send to the BBC Treasurer.

Brenda Richards
160 Milden Hall Road
Blountville, TN. 37617

Please include name, mailing address, phone and email.

You can also make your payment at a live meeting when they are resumed (hopefully starting soon).

Contact Bristol Bird Club[email protected]

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This calendar info is provided by Bristol Bird Club, not Mountain Empire Birds.