info on big sit 2000!

Arthur & Meg Grimes agrimes94 at
Fri Sep 8 19:54:38 PDT 2000

Hi tweeters,
Since my request for local teams forming for the "Big Sit!" I have received a
few replies as to what the heck a "Big Sit" is, so... I hope this info below
will help.
And again, if anyone is forming a "Sit circle" let me know.
agrimes94 at

John Triana wrote:

> Folks,


> John Himmelman is busy meeting book deadlines and put out a call

> for someone to coordinate the event for 2000. Therefore, I will try to keep

> the BIG SIT! going while our fearless leader is working.


> The basics are the same as last year. Below you will find a complete set of

> details. You can also find this at the New Haven Bird Club's website...



> Let me know if you have any questions, or if you are ready to register your

> site for this year.


> Thanks,

> JT


> John Triana

> jtriana at



> ***********************************************


> Hello future Sitters –


> Here is the info on the next New Haven Bird Club BIG SIT!. This is our

> eighth year doing this event, and this year we are continuing the new

> twist... a $500 prize from our co-sponsors SWAROVSKI OPTIKS, to the team who

> gets the "Golden Bird". The money must go to a non-profit

> environmental-based organization - winner's choice. Read below for details.

> AND, we will have commemorative T-shirts for sale (and for the winning

> circle), again, details below.


> Just a little history on this event: Since 1993, 27 states, 2 counties in

> England, the Netherlands, and one in British Columbia have participated.

> 488 bird species have been listed by over 60 circles and over 200 people.

> These people have sat through searing heat, gale force winds, snow, pouring

> rain, oh, and some beautiful weather. But every one of those people could

> imagine a circle of like-minded lunatics doing the same in another part of

> the world.


> Below, you will find the electronic version of the rules and regs. This

> cuts down greatly on postage and paper, which is appreciated by the New

> Haven Bird Club, who funds this.

> Hope you'll join us!


> Sit well,

> John Himmelman

> BIG SIT! Chief


> ***************************


> "If you sit in one place long enough, eventually every species of bird will

> pass by."


> Set aside October 22, 2000 for the eighth annual New Haven Bird Club BIG

> SIT! now co-sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK!


> The NHBC BIG SIT! is like a Big Day, or a Bird-a-thon in that the object is

> to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The

> difference lies in the area limitation (17 foot circle) from which you'll be




> 2 categories:

> 1)Best National Count (Most species seen by a single circle – wins our new

> commemorative T-shirt)

> 2)Best State Count (Highest combined total from circles within a state -

> wins state pride?)


> And now, big prize: Swarovski is offering $500 to the circle who finds the

> "Golden Bird".


> The prize money must go to the circle's choice of a non-profit,

> environmental organization or club (Bird Clubs, Audubon Chapters, etc.).

> Details on the "Golden Bird" below.


> GET A TEAM TOGETHER, OR GO IT ALONE, just for fun or to add to Your state's

> or

> country's total

> Here are the guidelines:

> 1) Observations can be made from any area within the state/country you live,

> or wish to represent.

> 2) Observations can only be made from within a 17-foot (diameter) circle.

> 3) There's no limit to how many people can occupy one area (other than the

> obvious spatial limitations). Bring some chairs. Have a picnic or

> barbeque. Welcome passers-by and their contributions to your list.

> 4) If a bird is seen or heard from within the circle but is too distant to

> identify, the circle can be left to get a closer look for confirmation.

> However, any new bird seen or heard while confirming the original, can't be

> counted unless it's seen from an "anchor" who stayed behind in your circle,

> or when you return to your spot.

> 5) The Participants can work in shifts. No one person needs to be there

> throughout the whole Sit. The area can be left and returned to as

> frequently as desired, but you must be sure to return to the exact spot each

> time.

> 6) The same circle must be used for the entire Sit.

> 7) The BIG SIT will begin at midnight on October 22 and end 24 hours later.



> Every area (not person) must be registered before the event. A confirmation

> and T-shirt ordering information will be sent upon receiving your

> registration. A phone call or E-mail (PREFERRED) will do!


> Please call John Triana to register your spot (by October 21st). John can

> be reached by phone (203) 758-7203 , email jtriana at , or US mail

> John Triana, 2 Coer Rd., Prospect, CT 06712. Make sure you send the

> following information: Name, Full Address, Phone, and brief description of

> area.




> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

> -----


> AFTER THE SIT: Please send the following info, along with a completed

> checklist

> (in as close to taxonomical order as you can get it) of birds you saw, by

> November 1, 2000.


> Name(s)(team name if you've got one!), Contact person's name, address, and

> phone, BIG SIT! location (state, town, habitat), Weather conditions, Time

> spent at location, Name of the organization who would receive $500 prize,

> Notes (write on back or separate sheet), AND - optional - a photo or slide

> of your team at your BIG SIT! location!!


> Send to John Triana, 2 Coer Rd., Prospect, CT 06712, USA by Nov. 1, 2000

> or e-mail your results to jtriana at


> A total list from all the areas/states/countries will be compiled & each

> individual, or team representative will receive the results.


> And what is the Golden Bird? After all of the results are tabulated, a bird

> will be selected by random drawing from the total list. All of the circles

> who listed that bird (it could be just one!) will be put into another random

> drawing. The selected circle's organization wins the prize

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