Fall Migration "Mini-Sit"

You are invited to attend the fifth annual Fall Migration “Mini-Sit” on Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. A “mini-sit" is a bird watching event where our objective is to record as many bird species by sight and sound for a set three-hour period. Birdwatchers of all levels are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy fall migration. Pack your binoculars or scope, camera, lawn chair, snacks and a lunch to enjoy the event. Each team will choose an bird hotspot within the Cache River Watershed and sit in a “24 foot” diameter circle tallying all birds seen within and from the circle.

Groups are limited to ten participants per hotspot. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your own bagged lunch and lawn chairs for a picnic outdoors from noon to 1:30 p.m. The picnic allows communication across teams, so we can share our sightings. How many species can we identify? 

Email Kim Rohling at kimrohli@illinois.edu with any questions or registration information. Teams must pre-register their hotspot locations by Tuesday, October 11, and provide contact information of their participants (name, address, phone number, email address, team affiliation ie: Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Shawnee Chapter of the Audubon Society, Southern Illinois Audubon Society, etc. and preferred hotspot). Hotspots are public parking lots designated by a blue square on the Cache River State Natural Area Map. Maps and directions to your hotspot will be emailed to you. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Kim Rohling at kimrohli@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

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