Conservation Groups Team up For Spring Birding Field Trip

Chestnut-sided Warbler by John CassadyRecognized as one of the best birding sites in the Midwest, the birding sites found Beyond the Beach offer a wide variety of bird species for the amateur and experienced birder.  Indeed, were smack dab in the middle of migration.  Millions, not thousands, of birds are literally migrating through each night!  Among these are over 30 species of warblers, bright red tanagers, orioles, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and more.  With the current gas prices, there are no reason to travel to those “other” birding sites in the Midwest!

One way to get out and experience all of our winged wonders is with a special field trip being put on by a few conservation organizations dedicated to birds.  The Indiana Audubon Society, the Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association, and Indiana Dunes State Park are hosting a “High Migration Along the Indiana Dunes” field trip on Saturday, May 21.  This field trip starts at 7am and is touted for it’s goal of finding 30 species of warblers on that date.  Among other rare birds will be late migrating flycatchers, tanagers, and more flying gems.  the trip will occur at the Indiana Dunes State Park and will also cover popular birding sites west of the park, concluding around 3pm.

Registration is required for this trip and can be made by emailing for final directions and the meeting location.  Get out and bird this spring!

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