Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 13-16 at the seventh 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 public is invited to check out the Migration Marketplace, held Thursday through Sunday May 13-16 on the grounds of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Hours for this year’s marketplace are 11am-4pm Thursday-Saturday, and 11am-2pm on Sunday.  In 2021, the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Migration Marketplace features an expanded variety of bird and nature related items, optics dealers, birding crafts, bird travel info, apparel and bird feeding gear, and much more.  Many of the 20 vendors will be offering special deals and discounts exclusively for the festival.  Live birds of prey will also be present at select times from Humane Indiana Wildlife.

The marketplace and Saturday’s Youth and Family Birding Day at the Indiana Dunes State Park are free for the public.  More information on the festival can be found at www.indunesbirdingfestival.com

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. 

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

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