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The Big Sit 2019 - birding event

  • Coldwater Spring 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South Minneapolis, MN, 55417 United States (map)
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This is an annual event where we hang out at Coldwater Spring from sunrise to sunset and document all the birds we see and hear. It's a great way to enjoy fall migration and learn more about native sparrows, thrushes, hawks and warblers. You can learn tips from other birders, help document what we see in eBird or iNaturalist or help chat with the curious public as they wonder what the heck we are doing. You can come for the whole day or just show up for an hour in the afternoon—it’s up to you. It's a fun, all-day birding party!

It's ok if you're not the best birder out there. If you can point out a bird, you are qualified for the Big Sit.

Things to bring:

  • Camp Chair

  • Snacks

  • Beverages (no alcohol)

  • Binoculars

  • Spotting Scope

  • Camera

  • Smartphone

  • Sunscreen

  • Layers (it could start out chilly and be warm mid day)

This free event is open to everyone. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful when we know how many people might come!

If you have questions about this event, please email Park Ranger Sharon at