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May 1

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 (dseymour66@gmail.com ) to plan and schedule your  shift. 

-Thorn Preserve Sit
Please contact Dixon Onderdonk (dixononderdonk@gmail.com ) 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 (forsythnature@aol.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. 


May 1


Mark DeDea


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.

All participants should be aware of existing guidelines and new field trip protocol listed below:
(Scheduled field trips are listed below the guidelines)

Participant responsibility agreement while attending a JBNHS field trip or outing. Please note that there will be no physical sign-in sheet until further notice. By registering, each participant acknowledges both his/her understanding and acceptance of the Individual’s Responsibilities stated below.

Individual’s Responsibilities are:
1. To stay with the group, follow trip leader’s requests, and do not separate unless you notify trip leader
2. To understand that out-of-doors activities involve hazards and that one participates at one’s own risk
3. To wear with clothing and footwear appropriate to the terrain, and for sun and insect challenges as well
4. To adhere to the ABA Birding Code of Ethics, respect and preserve the flora, fauna, and properties we visit
5. To be mindful and courteous to other participants

Additionally, we will ask that all participants:
1. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
2. Socially distance – 6 feet or more apart
3. Do not share optics or other equipment
4. Expect to utilize your own mode of transportation to starting point and for any location change during outing
5. Understand that participation will be limited to ten pre-registered individuals