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The 2019 Big Sit

icon date2  Saturday, October 12, 2019
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icon map marker Independence Lake County Park

This is a low-key international competition that Don Chalfant has organized and participated in for the past two decades. The task is to try to identify by sight or sound as many bird species as possible while remaining in a circle of 17 feet in diameter. The timing can be completely flexible. You can arrive before dawn to join in the owling or you can come after breakfast, in the afternoon—whatever works for you. It is also a great outing for those with restricted mobility since everything takes place in a fixed spot. For those staying for any significant amount of time, we recommend bringing food and a chair, in addition to your binoculars. (Rain date TBA. If bad weather is projected, be sure to check the WAS Facebook page. This decision will be made by 4:00 a.m.) Location is a grassy knoll approximately 300 yards from the main entrance to Independence Lake County Park.

Rain date is October 13th. If bad weather is projected, be sure to check the Washtenaw Audubon facebook page. This decision will be made by 4AM.


Minors traveling on Washtenaw Audubon Society field trips without a parent or guardian must bring with them a completed and signed copy of the consent form available by clicking here: Field Trip Permission, Medical Release, and Waiver of Liability (PDF)