Visitors to the Indiana Dunes National Park are invited to burn the midnight oil with the Indiana Audubon as they bring the 11th season of saw-whet owl banding to the Indiana Dunes.  Park guests can learn about Indiana’s smallest owl in this up-close and personal experience at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center beginning October 17th through November 17th. 

Programs occur each Thursday-Sunday at 7pm (6pm beginning November 2). These evening presentations are free, with any captured owls being banded shortly after during hourly checks.  Additionally, live rehabilitation owls will be presented each Saturday night with Humane Indiana Wildlife. 

Because nightly programs are weather dependent, visitors are advised to call ahead to confirm banding will take place on any public night or join the owl banding text and email alert program for nightly status updates at:

Special behind the scenes nights are offered on October 27, 31, and November 1, 3, and 9.  Visit to register for these specific events. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of I-94 in Porter.  The Visitor Center can be reached at (219) 395-1882.


Media contact: Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director.  (219) 928-6905. [email protected]   


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