Help out with the Big Sit bird count

A short-eared owl hunting over the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County (Deb Tracey-Kral)

The ornithological equivalent of a walkathon and the John Burroughs Natural History Society (JBNHS)’s one fundraising event of the year, the Big Sit situates several birdwatchers in a 24-hour observation and identification of birds by sight and sound, raising money in the pledge-based style per bird or by straight donation. In this, the fourth year of the Big Sit, JBNHS has doubled the amount of “sit” locations to six different spots in all corners of the county. The Great Vly Sit in Saugerties will be birding to support Dr. Glenn Proudfoot’s research on northern saw-whet owls. The Kingston Point Sit will be birding to support the New York State Young Birders’ Club. The Galeville (SGNWR) and Ellenville High School Sits will combine to support continued enhancements at the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. The Hinchey Catskill Visitors’ Center Sit will be birding to install feeding stations and birding interpretative signage.

The Big Sit, Saturday, May 4, Various locations, Registration & donation: