Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 17-20 at the fourth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. The festival is a partnership with the state’s major environmental groups highlighting the Indiana Dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education for visitors and residents of the Indiana Dunes region. The event is being organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts.
The four-day festival will include over 65 guided field trips and car pool tours to view migrating birds within the dunes area, over 50 bird related programs, from live bird of prey talks to species ID workshops, and special workshops for both new bird watchers and educators. Evening events include special excursions for night birds, and a family friendly “birds and brew” social event on multiple nights. The Saturday night keynote speaker is Greg Miller, who’s real life was portrayed in the Hollywood movie, “The Big Year.”
Registration for priority Indiana Audubon Society members is online now, with general early-bird registration beginning March 4. Registration costs for the entire four-day festival run as low as $42 for adults and $29 for youth under 18. Registration and program information can be found online at www.indunesbirdingfestival.com.
Over twenty partners have come together to make the festival a reality. Additional signature sponsors include, Tropical Birding Tours, First State Bank of Porter, Chesterton Feed and Garden, Northwest Migratory Bird Association, Friends of Indiana Dunes, The Nature Conservancy, and Indiana Dunes Tourism.
In addition to the festival website, more information can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, just south of the intersection of 49 and US 20 in Porter, Indiana. Interested participants can also contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or the Indiana Audubon Society at 219-928-6905.
Media contacts: Brad Bumgardner, Indiana Audubon Society, (219) 928-6905
Bruce Rowe, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (219) 395-1609