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Wheeler NWR (NABT #20), “The Big Sit”
October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wheeler NWR (NABT #20), “The Big Sit” – 13 October, 2018 (SATURDAY) 4:00 am until dusk
“THE BIG SIT!” is an annual, international, non-competitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (CT) Bird Club. The National Wildlife Refuge System has adopted it as an activity for National Wildlife Refuge Week. We’ll count from the Harris-Sweetwater Pump Station on White Springs Dike, where we’ll set up chairs, scopes and binoculars, and identify as many birds as we can from a 17-foot circle. Access to the site will be through the second Refuge gate east of Day Park, NOT the one directly across from the Park. Because you can only access the gate from Alabama 20 east, anyone coming from the east or north should travel to the Decatur Boat Harbor and turn back north on U.S. 31/Alabama 20, taking Alabama 20 to the gate. The gate will be closed but unlocked. After carefully exiting from Alabama 20 (near the overpass), just open the gate, drive through, close the gate behind you, and follow the dike road for 1.4 miles to the site. Although we’ll start at 4:00 am, participants can show up and leave at any time (34.61416667 -86.93861111). – Dwight Cooley, Leader (256-565-6239; firstname.lastname@example.org