Region residents are invited to celebrate the migration of bird life in the Region at a huge four-day event happening in May. General early-bird registration begins in less than a couple weeks… on February 22nd … for the second annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival May 5th through May 8th. The festival is organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as site hosts. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the event will benefit area economic and conservation efforts, as well as offer environmental education for visitors and residents to the Indiana Dunes.
Organizers say evening events include excursions for whip-poor-wills, and a family-friendly “birds and brews” social event on multiple nights. Activities include nearly 50 guided field trips and car tour, a vendor marketplace, more than 30 bird-related programs from live raptor talks to species ID workshops, and special workshops for new bird watchers and educators.
The Saturday night keynote speaker is Iain Campbell, from Tropical Birding Tours. Campbell will present “The Mis-adventures in Bird Guiding,” which details his experiences seeking birds around the world. The keynote presentation includes dinner, a silent auction and vendor marketplace.
Registration for all four days starts at $59 for adults and $45 for youths under age 18. Registration is at indunesbirdingfestival.com.
Thirty partners are supporting the festival. Additional signature sponsors include Chesterton Feed and Garden, Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association, Tropical Birding Tours, Accent Signs and Graphics, and Starin Marketing.
Interested participants can also call the visitor center’s information desk at (219) 395-1882 or the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center at (219) 926-1390. Or visit each park’s respective website at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2980.htm (state park) or nps.gov/indu (national lakeshore).