DENTON — The Caroline County Bird Club recently won the 2018 Big Sit! Golden Bird Prize from Swarovski Optik, a $500 check to put toward the conservation project or program of the club’s choice.
The Big Sit! is an annual international noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest, in which the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours within an area 17 ft. in diameter. Bird club members are stationed there from dusk to sunset, tallying as many bird species that can be seen or heard.
Caroline County Bird Club’s 2018 Big Sit! was held at the Adkins Arboretum’s Wetlands Overlook near the visitors center.
The Golden Bird species, chosen at random from among all species seen by U.S. Big Sit teams, was the black-and-white warbler. All circles in the U.S. that saw the black-and-white warbler were entered into a hat at the winter meeting of the New Haven Bird Club in Connecticut, owners of the Big Sit! trademark.
The Caroline County Bird Club, a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS), plans to use this prize money to work on some local projects still in the planning stage, including upgrading the trails of the MOS Myrtle Simon Pelot Sanctuary, near Greensboro, and to continue supporting the Youth MOS Club. The YMOS was established to make the world of birds accessible to school age youth, facilitating communication among youth birders throughout Maryland, providing opportunities for young birders to get started in birding and to help develop their skills, and to provide educators with resources and opportunities to implement programs.
All Caroline County Bird Club programs and events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://carolinebirdclubmos.blogspot.com or the club’s Facebook page.