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ULSTER COUNTY BIG SIT
JBNHS’ annual Big Sit is also our BIG fundraiser for the year but serves too as a friendly competition between the established sits. Do you have a birdy back deck or favorite patch and a cause worth birding for? Why not join the challenge and see how many species you can identify and get friends and family to pledge to your effort. In the past money has been raised to support Glenn Proudfoot’s fine research with N. Saw-whet Owls, numerous enhancements at SGNWR, the New York State Young Birders Club, and Where to Bird in Ulster County panels now located at three locations about the county.
-Great Vly Sit
Peter will again be birding Fradon Marsh from his pressure treated tower and greatly helping our cumulative JBNHS Big Sit total with all those wonderful marsh birds and maybe a surprise like another Black Tern!
-Kingston Point Sit
Some use words like dynasty, this may be premature, but another dominant performance this year and it would be hard to dispute. This perennial powerhouse will be birding to raise money to support Alyson Dudek’s Bailey Middle School Young Naturalists Club.
-Galeville (SGNWR) Sit
Spend some time on the observation deck at Galeville (SGNWR) looking and listening for those ever important (and harder to find) grassland species. Please contact Donna Seymour (email@example.com ) to plan and schedule your shift.
-Thorn Preserve Sit
Please contact Dixon Onderdonk (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you’d like to help at this new “sit”. This property would be perfect for a “Where to Bird” panel and maybe a feeding station. Funds raised would be dedicated to that end.
-Bowdery’s Homestead Sit
Allan (with split shift coverage from his better half) will bird their yard with hopes of a good feeder bird to pad our cumulative list and raise the most money we can to distribute in June to important environmental and conservation concerns in the region.
-Hayes’ Homestead Sit
Dave and Tracey will bird their yard and do so for as good a cause as you could find, Wild Mountain Birds and JBNHS trustee Annie Mardiney’s awesome work.
-New Location for a Sit?
Please contact Mark DeDea (email@example.com ) with any questions and to let us know about a new sit for promotional/ fundraising sake.
Donations can be based on a pledge per species (specific sit or cumulative) or flat donation. Please make checks payable to JBNHS and note desired sit you’d like to support. Send in donations to Treasurer Lin Fagan 281 West Chestnut Street Kingston NY 12401.
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.