Few places in the Midwest rival the Indiana Dunes area for birding. More than 350 species live or migrate through here, drawn by the open waters of Lake Michigan into the landscapes of beaches, dunes, wetlands, and prairies. We’re best known for our spectacular migrations, where you can witness thousands of Sandhill Cranes in a single autumn day or count a hundred hawks over the dunes in spring.

Birding in the Indiana Dunes

“I’ve birded on six continents, and in my birding experience, birding in the Indiana Dunes is definitely the crème de la crème.”

– Lynea Hinchman, Birding Enthusiast

Backpacks for Naturalists

A program that allows both beginners and experienced birders access to the equipment and information needed to enjoy birding in and around the Indiana Dunes. The best part? It’s free!

The Indiana Dunes: A Natural Oasis Hiding Under My Nose “My four days in the area have forever changed my perception of this section of Indiana. Now, I know it to be a birding hotspot. The…

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Be the change by getting more involved with the Indiana Dunes! There are many no-hassle, volunteer drop-in opportunities available for everyone. Just show up, and the organization provides the…

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Tales from the Dunes

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds Gracing the Sky

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October is loud and raucous on the Kankakee Sands prairie. It can also be dark and ominous. In the early morning, you can hear them long before you see them. Off in the distance is a lone tree…


Chatty Little Grasshopper Sparrows

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Nature isn’t always what it seems —a chatty little grasshopper sparrow taught me that. For the first ten or so years that I worked at the Kankakee Sands Nursery, I was always…


Amazing Birding at the Indiana Dunes

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Amazing Birding at the Indiana Dunes [embed][/embed] For great springtime birding, there's no place like the Indiana Dunes. More than 350 bird…