Thanks to Everyone who Joined 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 launched our first annual Sit Spot Challenge as a fun outdoor experience for people. It occurred between Saturday, May 9th and Friday, May 22nd of 2020 during a period when most people around the world were doing some form of Sheltering-In-Place. We used social media to encourage people to pick their own sit spot, a place outside where a person could sit and study nature wherever it surrounds them. Sit spots can be pristine and wild but they can also be a spot in the suburbs or the heart of a city. Only two essentials are needed for a sit spot: the person feels safe and there are some components of nature present. One can sit on the ground or a bench or a step or a log. It helps, of course, if the sit spot is close to where an individual lives, so it can easily be visited daily if the person chooses. Daily visits help with observing how nature progresses and changes as each day passes.
We chose to kick off our first 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 excited the people at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology which presents an annual Global Big Day.
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 Global Big Day in March.
We ended our first Annual Challenge just two weeks later on May 22nd when the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity, an international day that celebrates and promotes biodiversity -- plus the theme this year was "Our Solutions are in Nature."