Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 11-14 at the ninth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival includes over 150 trips, programs, workshops, and more, including several free family events.

The public is invited to check out both the Youth and Family Birding Day at the State Park on Saturday from 9am-4pm.  The Nature Center will play host to an assortment of family-oriented activities, including hourly bird walks, crafts, nature sketching, and free bird house building all day. 

This year’s youth day has expanded activities at the Miller Woods Douglas Center, where a special beginning birding exploration will take place at 9am and will highlight the great urban birding found in the Indiana Dunes.  A free, hourly shuttle will also transport Miller Woods visitors to the State Park youth day event all day.  Free field guides will be available for families at both events’ courtesy the Flora Richardson Foundation.

The festival is a partnership with the state’s major environmental groups highlighting the Indiana Dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities.  The event is being organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts.   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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