From: Friends of Missisquoi <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 9, 2020 6:13 PM
To: Friends of Missisquoi <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: UPDATE: Missisquoi Refuge - Big Sit!
Due to concerns of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, we are moving our Big Sit event to Sunday, October 11th.
Sorry for any inconvenience, hope to see you there!
On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 3:42 PM Friends of Missisquoi <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
After much discussion, the Friends of Missisquoi are pleased to invite you to our 4th annual “Big Sit!” A day-long birding event on Sunday, October 11th, 2020. The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. The Big Sit! is like a ‘Big Day’ or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. It’s been described as a “tailgate party for birders.”
Although referred to as a 24-hour event, we’ll be concentrating on daylight hours, and will set up by 6:30am at the observation deck on the Stephen J. Young Marsh, and stay until sunset, about 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by anytime during the day and stay as briefly, or as long, as you like. In the event of extreme weather, we will reschedule for Sunday, October 11th.
Because of Covid-19 concerns, we are limiting the number of participants that can be on the platform at any given time to 5. We won’t turn anyone away, but we’re asking people to space out along the walkway and take turns on the observation deck. Please have masks to wear when in close proximity to others.
The Stephen J. Young Marsh is located on Tabor Road<http://mapq.st/2x7znRs>, about 1 mile south of the refuge Headquarters. There is a parking lot on the left (east) side of the road and it is just a short walk to the observation deck.
During our event last year, we recorded 33 species – Not a record year, but we had a beautiful day in the marsh! We hope to beat that this year and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!