The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding day sponsored by Bird Watcher's Digest and Swarovski Optics. This family fun event was founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club to promote birds and the birding community.
The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon—participants tally bird species seen or heard within a given time period. The difference lies in the limited area from which you make your observations. It’s called the Big Sit for a good reason—it’s like a tailgate party for birders. Bring a chair and your binoculars. Snacks will be provided. You also may go with us on a guided bird walk or participate in a kid-friendly activity. This event is FREE of charge and open to the public.
We’ll be at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. You’ll find us at our assigned count circle by the pollinator garden located at the Mustang Loop Trail parking lot (intersection of Gunston and Harley Roads). In addition to recording all birds seen and heard, we'll also note any butterfly species! Also, a bird walk at 8:30 a.m. will start at the count circle.
Watch a video that provides background about the Big Sit phenomenon.