The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, hosted by Indiana Audubon, is the recipient of a 2020 Mindful Birding Award for its efforts to promote bird conservation and ethical birding guidelines through their annual event showcasing the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes region bordering Lake Michigan. This year their festival will be held from May 14th – 17th, 2020.

The Festival’s Stewardship Fund raises money each year for conservation, education, and research projects. This year the Fund is expected to assist in raising funds for the continuing Piping Plover monitoring project in the Chicago region of Lake Michigan. The Festival was also recognized for its commitment to ethical birdwatching behavior by adopting and adhering to a code of birding ethics marked by clarity, specificity, and restraint.

Registration for this year’s festival has begun at and includes over 150 trips, programs, workshops, and social events.  The festival is co-hosted by both the Indiana Dunes National and State Park and includes a consortium of environmental organizations as festival sponsors.

Mindful Birding is a charitable project of the Morrissey Family Foundation that presents ethical birding guidelines from around the world and offers awards to birding festivals that demonstrate improved or superior ethics. To learn more, view past award recipients, and browse ethical birding guidelines, visit the website:

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 at 219-928-6905. 


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