The Big Sit is a free community birding event open to individuals and teams, all over the world. This year The Big Sit begins Saturday October 9 at 12:01 am and closes Sunday October 10 at 11:59 pm. The goal is to identify as many species as possible in 24 hours, from a circle no more than 17’ in diameter. Sitting not required.
The Big Sit is Covid-friendly. Anyone can participate from wherever they want - backyard, park, public wildlife area, etc. Participate by yourself, or as a team with family and friends. Covid-19 common sense dictates social distancing and face coverings as appropriate.
Skagit Audubon Society is fielding a Big Sit team Saturday October 9 at Wiley Slough (Skagit Wildlife Area - Headquarters Unit - 21961 Wylie Rd, Mount Vernon). The circle will be located at the junction of the West Dike Trail and Spur Dike Trail - a short walk from the parking lot (w/restrooms) closest to the headquarters buildings. One-to-two-hour shifts are being scheduled 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with the goal of staffing the circle continuously during this period. We ask that Skagit Audubon Society team participants be vaccinated. Social distancing limits the number of team participants to four in the circle at any time. This event is for birders of all experience levels. We will pair those new to birding with more experienced team members. Anyone is welcome to just come by and visit, especially if you bring Covid-friendly snacks or refreshments to share! Vehicles parked at this location must display a current Discover Pass, or Vehicle Access Pass.
Some members have pledged $1 per species seen by the team at Wiley Slough to the Skagit Audubon Society Environmental Conservation Scholarship. Please consider a similar pledge to support this annual award.
Visit thebigsit.org to learn more about the Big Sit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the Wiley Slough team, conduct your own count (so we can track participation and your species list), or wish to make a pledge. There might be some Skagit Audubon swag for the individual count circle that sees the most total species or sees the “secret” species. Photo credit: Cedar Waxwing at Wiley Slough, by Mary Sinker.