Indiana Dunes Birding Festival coming May 7-10, 2015

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl/Photo by Steve Gifford

Celebrate the Indiana Dunes Country’s amazing birdwatching at the inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 7-10, 2015

Organized by the Indiana Audubon Society, the festival will highlight the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities. Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will serve as host sites. The festival will benefit the local economy and conservation efforts, and teach locals and visitors about the Indiana Dunes environment.

Participants can choose from more than 25 guided field trips and carpool tours to view migrating birds and more than 25 bird-related programs. Programs include live raptor presentations and species identification workshops. Evening events include owl and whip-poor-will excursions and a family-friendly “birds and brew” on multiple nights.redhed wdpkr bird copy

James Currie, of National Geographic’s “Birding Adventures” TV show, will give the keynote presentation Saturday night. During “Not Your Grandma’s Audubon,” Currie will share his experiences hosting and producing his show. The keynote includes dinner, a silent auction and a vendor marketplace.

Registration for priority Indiana Audubon Society members has begun. General early-bird registration opens March 1. Registration cost for the entire festival starts at $45 for adults and $30 for youth under age 18. Register here.

Twenty partners have made the festival possible. Additional sponsors include the Friends of Indiana Dunes group, First State Bank of Porter, Save the Dunes, Chesterton Feed and Garden, and the Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association.

image006More information is on the festival website and at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN. Interested participants can also call the information desk at (219) 926-1390 (state park) or (219) 395-1882 (national lakeshore), or visit the parks’ respective websites: state park and national park.

Click here for general information about birding in Indiana Dunes Country.


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