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The Magic of the Merlin

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in Birding, Indiana Dunes, Nature

The Magic of the Merlin

  Guest post by Alyssa Nyberg of Kankakee Sands   Lately we’ve had sightings of merlins at Kankakee Sands. Magical wizards at Kankakee Sands?! That would be incredible! But, well, not exactly. The merlins that are being seen are of the avian sort. “Lady hawk” is another name given to this majestic, light-weight, swift bird … Continued

Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in Indiana Dunes, Nature

Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

This guest post is by Alysa Nyberg, our awesome friend at Kankakee Sands.   Ten more bison have just arrived at Kankakee Sands! On the morning of the release, the doors of the trailer swung wide open and the new arrivals bounded out. The Kankakee Sands herd was there ready and waiting to greet them. … Continued

Unexpected Outdoor Adventure in the Indiana Dunes

Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017 in Activities, Beach, Hiking, Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures

Unexpected Outdoor Adventure in the Indiana Dunes

This post was contributed by Taylor Livingston. Taylor has worked as a seasonal park ranger for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. She grew up recreating along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline.   Have you ever wanted to explore natural places in a new and unique way? I found an exciting new outdoor adventure in an unexpected … Continued

A Yoga Enthusiast Shares His Favorite Spots in the Indiana Dunes

Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 in Activities, Beach, Dining, Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures

A Yoga Enthusiast Shares His Favorite Spots in the Indiana Dunes

This post was contributed by local yoga enthusiast Andrew Morris. You can learn more about Andrew and his yoga practice here.   If you’re anything like me, you don’t often take a full day to pamper yourself and fully immerse yourself in what an area has to offer. Having lived in Northwest Indiana (NWI) for … Continued

Catching Joy – Leopard Frogs

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017 in Hiking, Indiana Dunes, Nature

Catching Joy – Leopard Frogs

By Alyssa Nyberg   I vividly remember catching my first frog. I was nine years old and was visiting my cousin who lived in rural Ohio. My cousin had just caught a toad and after many tries, I caught a frog…a real frog! (My cousin had much more experience in frog and toad catching than … Continued

Off the beaten path

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 in Hiking, History, Indiana Dunes, Nature

Off the beaten path

By Christine Livingston   There are so many wild places in the Indiana Dunes that are formed and reformed by wind and water every year. They morph constantly, and never cease to captivate me. Brincka Cross Gardens & House is a small park nestled in the dunes but different from other wild duneland places. It has a unique … Continued

Bison – Facing Winter Head On

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures, Winter

Bison – Facing Winter Head On

by Alyssa Nyberg at Kankakee Sands   Ok, I think my family is ready. We have the woodstove going and plenty of firewood to keep the house warm; our winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots are all by the front door; and we have an extra-large supply of non-perishable goods in our pantry in the … Continued

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