Welcome to our First Annual Sit Spot Challenge! 

A sit spot is simply a place in nature that you visit on a regular basis.

Getting outside into nature is healthy and fun, and we are launching our Sit Spot Challenge as a fun outdoor experience for people between Saturday, May 9th and Friday, May 22nd.  Pick your own sit spot, a place outside where you can sit and study nature wherever it surrounds you. Sit spots can be pristine and wild but they can also be your spot in the suburbs or the heart of a city. Only two essentials are needed for a sit spot: you feel safe and there are some components of nature present.  You can sit on the ground or a bench or a step or a log.  It helps, of course, if your sit spot is close to where you live, so it can easily be visited daily if you choose.  Daily visits help you observe how nature progresses and changes as each day passes.

We have decided to kick off our Sit Spot Challenge on Global Big Day, which is an annual celebration of the birds around you.  People can enjoy birds even while sheltering in place, which excites the people at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology which is holding its annual Global Big Day this Saturday.

For newcomers to bird watching, Global Big Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day via a massive community-science project utilizing eBird. Participating is fun and easy. Wherever you are, you can be a part of the global community of birders on May 9th. Please remember to always put safety first and follow all local safety guidelines and closures.

If you can spare at least 5 or 10 minutes, report your observations to eBird online or with the free eBird Mobile app. If you have more time, submit checklists of birds throughout the day at different times. Perhaps you will find more birds in the morning, or perhaps in the the evening.  You never know what you might spot in your own personal sit spot.

Our challenge starts May 9th and ends just two weeks later on May 22nd when the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity, an international day that celebrates and promotes biodiversity.  We hope you will enjoy your sit spot daily between May 9 and May 22, but especially on May 22nd.  In 2020, the theme for the International Day for Biodiversity is "Our Solutions are in Nature."  Celebrate this theme on your personal sit spot!