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May 6, 2017


bobolink-sgnwrSATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 – ULSTER COUNTY BIG SIT Can you identify nocturnal flight notes? Do you know a location (specifically a 17′ diameter circle) in Ulster County where you could spend up to 24 hours and find the greatest diversity of bird species? Join an established sit or create your own. This can be a friendly competition but hopefully a fun and creative way for JBNHS to raise a little money to help support environmental and educational efforts locally.grasshopper-sparrow-sgnwr

Participants in a Big Sit should plan to spend up to 24 hours in a 17-foot diameter circle. This can be done in shifts, or gung-ho observers may be sit the whole 24 hours. Observations of species seen or heard can only be made from within your circle. Sitters record the number of bird species heard and/or seen. The total number of species recorded from all locations will be used in calculating pledge donations. Bring snacks and folding chairs, and enjoy this sociable way to sit still for a change. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER, so pledge to donate per bird species observed during the Big Sit. — suggested levels are 25¢, 50¢, $1, or other amount. The money donated from pledges for the 2016 Big Sit helped make the new Gazebo at the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge a reality!

The three identified Big Sit locations are Lenape Trail at Kingston Point, the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge at Galeville, and The Vly on West Camp Road.

Contact Mark DeDea for the best times to visit the Lenape Trail.
Contact Peter Schoenberger if interested ONLY in a FULL day on the Sit.
Contact Donna Seymour about helping at the Grasslands or conducting your own Sit at other locations.

To make a onetime pledge via PayPal click on the DONATE button below. Contact Lin Fagan ( or 281 W. Chestnut St., Kingston, NY 12401) to make a per species seen pledge. After the Sit, you will be informed of the grand total of species so that you may make your donation.


May 6, 2017


The field trips of JBNHS are oriented to nature study. They are free and open to the public. We do, however, sometimes visit sites that charge admission fees, which are the responsibility of the participants. Children are very welcome on field trips, but pets are not. Although there is a brief courtesy waiting period for latecomers, the meeting times are important: please arrive in time to sign up with the leader.