The Noel J. Cutright Bird Club will host its 10th annual Big Sit! at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve all day Sunday Oct. 14.
The club, based at the Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, joins with the Observatory in inviting you to spend all or part of the day, beginning at 6 a.m., enjoying the sights and sounds of one of Ozaukee County’s outdoor treasures. If you show up for the early-morning shift, you might even get to sample some incredible pastries supplied by the bird club.
The Sit’s 17-foot-diameter circle is on the perfectly sized Bill Cowart Memorial Hawk Watch Platform at Forest Beach.
Big Sit! events generally take place on at least four sites in Wisconsin as part of an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event during the second weekend in October hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a birdathon in that the object is to tally as many species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.
Dani Baumann is again leading the team for 2018. The late Noel Cutright launched the Forest Beach count in 2009 as a way for the Riveredge Bird Club (since renamed in his honor) to support the then fledgling Observatory.
The record for species seen at this event was set in 2014, when 70 species were tallied.