Audubon Society of Kalamazoo’s North American Big Sit at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

October 11, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
34270 Co Rd 652
Mattawan, MI 49071
Jan Shillito

Meet at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery just outside the Visitors’ Center. The hatchery is six miles west of US-131 on the southwest corner of M-43 and Fish Hatchery Drive. The parking lot is on Fish Hatchery Drive a tenth of a mile to the south of M-43.
The North American Big Sit is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. First you find a good spot for bird watching, preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next you create an imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Our spot will be the observation deck on the south side of the main pond at the Hatchery. The North American Big Sit is like a Big Day or a Birdathon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard. The difference is that you stay within that 17-foot circle instead of moving around. And instead of doing it for the whole 24 hours, we’ll do a “medium sit,” just two periods of two hours each. You might want to bring binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope if you have one. There is a bench on the deck. Dress for the weather.