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Birdwatching event set for all day Sunday

The concept is simplicity itself: find a good place for birdwatching, sit in one spot and count all the bird species you see or hear.

The Big Sit is an international birdwatching event when folks around the world create 17-foot diameter circles and tally the different birds they identify throughout the day from within the circle. Fifty-eight species of birds were counted at McHenry County’s Big Sit event in 2017.

Adults and children are invited to join in the fun from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Big Sit circle will be located near the Powers-Walker House at Glacial Park. Take Harts Road west off of Route 31 just south of Richmond, and follow the signs to the Powers-Walker House.

People are invited to bring a lawn chair and their binoculars. Experienced birders will share views through their scopes. The McHenry County Conservation District will have binoculars and bird field guides to share.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, McHenry County Audubon, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit hackmatacknwr.org.

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