Goose Pond Weekend Birding Trip 2021
May 7, 2021 - May 9, 2021$99 – $259
In 2021, IAS will present a full weekend of birding at Goose Pond and nearby properties to gain appreciation for the diverse breeding birds that call Goose Pond home. While a single day can see many birds in early to mid-May, this trip will aim to observe the full suite of amazing birds found in the wetlands, prairies, and forests of the area. The goal will be to log well over 100 species during the weekend, May 7-9, in what will truly be the ultimate Goose Pond migration experience.
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, and the nearby Greene-Sullivan State Forest boast nearly 20,000 acres of prairies, wetlands, and forest land. The continuing restoration of habitat at Goose Pond FWA has created a wildlife mecca that has quickly become one of the state’s best birding areas and has hosted an amazing array of rarities since its creation. The trip will begin with participants checking in to lodging, and caravan to dinner Friday evening. Two evening bird excursions will occur for Chuck-wills-widow, nighthawks, and owls.
Participants will check in to accommodations in Sullivan and caravan together for dinner Friday evening, followed by a special evening excursion for night birds. An early start Saturday will include a full day of birding, a box lunch at Goose Pond, followed by afternoon birding. Another night excursion will take place after dinner Saturday. Birding Sunday morning will target species missed, as well as the nearby Greene-Sullivan State Forest, where forest birds will push the total trip list well over 100 species. The trip will conclude by noon on Sunday.
A Few Target Birds Include:
Bald Eagle Northern Bobwhite
Chuck-wills-widow King Rail
Black-necked Stilt Pied-billed Grebe
Black Tern Least Tern (slightly early)
American Bittern Barn Owl
Bell’s Vireo Marsh Wren
Grasshopper Sparrow Yellow-breasted Chat
Prothonotary Warbler Orchard Oriole
Dickcissel Blue Grosbeak
Registration is required, as Indiana Audubon trips usually fill well in advance of the trip date. Registration fees include all guiding, 2 nights’ accommodations in Sullivan, both morning breakfasts, and a box lunch Saturday. Participants are responsible for transportation and other meals during the trip. For trip logistics questions, don’t hesitate to ask Richard Garrett or Bill Sharkey.
TRIP COST: all rates assuming double occupancy*
Indiana Audubon Member: $219.00 per person
Non-IAS Member: $259.00 per person
Single Supplement: $99.00