Youth and Family Birding Day at Indiana Dunes May 19

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.

A special youth and family birding day is being offered on Saturday, May 19 at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center.  The event will be held from 9am-4pm and include an assortment of free bird activities and hikes for both kids and adults.  Activities include bluebird box building, hourly intro to birding hikes, live bird banding, bird ID quizzes and prizes, and more.  Every participant will receive a free grab bag full of birding guides and goodies.

Thought the Youth and Family Birding Day is free for anyone to attend, both single and four-day registration is available for the entire event for walk-in participants.  Inquire inside the Indiana Dunes visitor center each morning of the festival to check availability.  More information on the festival can be found at

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 or the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center at 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, Indiana.  Interested participants can also contact the Indiana Audubon Society at 219-928-6905.


Media contacts: Brad Bumgardner, Indiana Audubon Society, (219) 928-6905



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