Come join us at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area to enjoy a day of birding as part of Columbia Audubon’s third annual Big Sit (following the 2018 and 2017 editions). You can stop in and join the fun at any time between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. CAS will be providing a canopy for some relief from the sun, some drinks, a grill for anyone to use, and some brats and buns. We’ll be set up at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road along pool 14. Contact Eric Wood for more information and read a summary of the inaugural event here.

The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Birdwatchers Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings. Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours. There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand.