Big Sit!

October 8, 2023 @ 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Stephen Young Marsh
Tabor Rd
West Swanton
Ken Copenhaver

NOTICE: Due to the unfavorable weather forecast for Saturday, the Big Sit! will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Missisquoi “Marsh Mellows” will again use the observation platform at the Stephen Young Marsh as the center of their 17 ft. diameter circle and try to observe as many bird species as they can from that location during daylight hours. Anyone is welcome to come and join them for any part of the day. Last year 41 species were recorded.

You may wonder, what exactly is a Big Sit!? Some call it a “tailgate party for birders.” It’s an annual, international, noncompetitive, extremely sedentary birding event organized by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. It’s like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the goal is to count as many bird species as possible within a 24-hour period, but with the major restriction that observations must be made from within a 17-foot diameter circle! There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand. Participants can come and go as they please during the day, and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours. The platform at Stephen Young Marsh is well within the 17-foot limit. Rain date is Sunday, October 8th.

If you have any questions, contact Ken Copenhaver at

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