LBC Birding, Meeting & Program – Saturday, 21 September 2019

On Saturday, 21 September 2019 the Lebanon Birding Club will do some early morning birding followed by a brief meeting and a short program on identifying five more fall warblers.

At 7:00 a.m. we will meet in the parking lot in front of the Nature Center at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, consolidate into a few vehicles, and head out in search of fall migrants and anything else with wings. Bring binoculars, something to drink, and dress for the weather. Our destination is the Central Valley Road trailhead on the North Murfreesboro Greenway. If you would prefer to drive to the trailhead yourself, you should arrive before 7:30 a.m. Here is the Google map:

At 10:00 a.m. we will migrate toward WPA Cabin 13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park for a brief planning meeting for the upcoming Big Sit on October 12, and we will review five more fall warblers.

Finally, if you will bring your lunch, we’ll hang around the cabin, eat lunch and talk about birds and birding.

As always, you do not have to be a member of our association to attend our meetings or our field trips. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 and/or 10:00 a.m. at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.


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The Big Sit! at Cedars – Saturday, 12 October 2019

You look like you need to take a BIG SIT. Well you’re in luck because the John W. Sellars Chapter of TOS is hosting The Big Sit! event October 12-13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park and you are invited to participate.

What is The Big Sit! you ask? The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik.

The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.

Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it.

Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

We plan to start at 7:00 Saturday morning, 12 October 2019, and bird until 7: 00 Sunday morning. If you want to bird with us, we would appreciate hearing from you. Although not required, we would appreciate your letting us know by completing the form below. This will give us an idea of how best to prepare for The Big Sit!

Stay tuned to this website for additional details as The Big Sit! draws near.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us at


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LBC Meeting, Elections & Lunch – Saturday, 17 August 2019


If you would like to do some birding Saturday morning before the meeting, meet at the Nature Center at 7:00 AM.

MEETING @ 10:00 AM

The next meeting of the John W. Sellars Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society will be Saturday, 17 August 2019 at 10:00 AM in cabin #13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. This is our annual planning / organizational meeting, and because we have a busy fun-filled year ahead of us, your participation and input is more important than ever. We will elect officers, and plan/begin organizing field trips, chapter events, programs & meetings for the remainder of 2019 and the first half of 2020.


Brown bag luncheon @ 11:30 AM

brown-bag-luncheon-1Come for the meeting, and stay for lunch. Immediately following our meeting we will venture off to one of the park shelters for some serious birding talk. Bring your lunch with you.

So mark your calendars now and make plans to join us on Saturday, 17 August 2019 at 10:00 AM.


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