IAS Fall Festival 2018
October 19 - October 21Free – $35
IAS Fall Festival 2018
October 19-21, 2018
Plan to join us for a wonderful Fall Festival held during the peak of fall migration and color. This year the Indiana Audubon Society is bringing you an array of talks, hikes, centered in NE Indiana at Pokagon State Park. Accomodations and room blocks will be available at the Potawatomi Inn. This year’s event will include a multitude of hikes, presentations, and an amazing keynote dinner.
Full Event Schedule Below
Schedule of Events
*All times are Eastern Daylight Time*
Friday, October 19
4:00pm-8:00pm Registration Open (Inn Main Lobby)
7:00pm-8:30pm Owl Prowl (Inn Sun Deck)
Join Brad Bumgardner, IAS Executive Director, around Pokagon in search of owls. Great Horned Owls, Screech
Owls and Barred Owls are present year-round at Pokagon. We may even try for migrating Saw-whet Owls.
6:00pm-9:00pm Informal Social Time (Lonidaw Lounge)
Saturday, October 20
7:30am-12:00pm Registration Open (Inn Main Lobby)
7:30am-10:00am Pigeon River Bird Tour (Inn Entrance)
Join Stockbridge Audubon member, John Winebrenner for a glimpse at one of the largest Fish and Wildlife Areas in Indiana. The group will caravan approximately 20 minutes to reach the birding area. You never know what you’ll see here!
7:30am-10:00am Cedar Swamp Bird Tour (Inn Entrance)
Former Pokagon naturalist, Fred Wooley, will guide participants via caravan to the Cedar Swamp Wetland Conservation Area, located approximately 10 minutes away. If time allows, the nearby Marsh Lake area will also be checked.
7:45am-10:00am Trine SRA/Wing Haven Bird Tour (Inn Entrance)
Brad Bumgardner will lead a morning caravan birding tour to the newest State Park property, Trine State Recreation Area. The tamarack swamps and oak woodlands should support some late migrants.
9:00am-9:30am Critter Feeder Fill (Pokagon Nature Center)
Please join Juan, Catalina, and Luis Velasquez, Indiana Young Birder Club members to fill the Nature Center’s Bird Feeders before they open. With food, water and shelter provided at the park, enjoy all the wildlife that come to the nature center viewing window. Also check out the snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders inside the nature center.
9:30am-10:30am Family Bird Walk (Pokagon Nature Center)
Join Nicky Ball, DNR Interpretive Naturalist on our family friendly bird and critter hike around the Nature center. We will explore the wildlife that frequents the nature center, expect to see several species of woodpeckers, and quite possibly see the first arriving winter species?
10:45am-11:45am Tropical Birding Adventures (Jimmerson Lake Room)
John Velasquez shares his birding experiences in the Americas. Tropical birding is always remarkable. John will share the sights (and perhaps sounds) of the birds of Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad, Honduras, Costa Rica and Belize. After this presentation you will be more than eager to explore the tropics with IAS.
12:00pm-2:00pm Board of Directors Meeting (Jimmerson Lake Room)
Ryan Slack, President; John Velasquez, Vice President; Tanner Troyer, Treasurer; Kim Ehn, Secretary, and the rest
of the IAS Board will discuss IAS matters. Members are welcome to attend.
2:00pm-3:00pm Fall Feeder Finches and How to Find Them! (Jimmerson Lake Room)
Collectively called “winter finches,” these birds are fickle with food, and irrupt in unpredictable fashion year to year. From redpolls and Pine Siskins to Evening Grosbeaks, join IAS Executive Director Brad Bumgardner to learn about these unique fall feeder birds, what drives their movements each year, and how you can attract them to your own backyard.
3:15pm-4:15pm Afternoon Bird Walk (Inn Entrance)
Join Nicky Ball on the Potawatomi Nature Preserve on moderate trail 3. We will explore Lake Lonidaw and the surrounding marsh areas. We will look for wood ducks and other waterfowl, a variety of migrating sparrows, woodpeckers, kinglets, etc.
5:00pm-6:30pm Keynote Social Hour (Snow Lake Room)
Relax and have some cold beverages (cash bar) and visit with birders, meet new members, discuss what awesome species you’ve seen. Trade birder stories such as the nemesis bird that continues to get away, or life birds picked up at Pokagon. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction.
6:30pm-7:30pm Keynote Dinner (Snow Lake Room)
Disfrute (enjoy)! This year’s dinner will be a Mexican dinner buffet with shredded chicken, taco meat, carne asada, rice and beans, sautéed peppers and onions, warm tortillas (your choice of soft or hard), chips and salsa, and all the sides, including: lettuce tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and pico de gallo. Delicioso!
7:30pm-9:00pm Keynote Presentation, Membership Meeting, and Silent Auction (Snow Lake Room)
Kimberly Kaufman. Birds and People: A Powerful Connection
With rich, vibrant colors, beautiful and bizarre songs, intricate nests, and astonishing feats of migration, birds enrich our lives in myriad ways. In this lively and beautifully illustrated presentation, Kimberly Kaufman will explore a few of the reasons she believes birds captivate us beyond any other aspect of nature, and why natural areas are essential components of our quality of life.
A Kimberly and Kenn Kaufman book signing will take place immediately after the Keynote presentation. You absolutely don’t want to miss your chance to meet the Kaufmans and have your Kaufman Field Guide or Guides autographed. IAS will provide a limited number of guides on hand for purchase.
Sunday, October 21
8:00am-9:30am Birding with the Kaufmans (Inn Sun Deck)
Please plan on joining us Sunday morning the final day of the IAS Fall Festival on a nature hike around Pokagon State Park. We will investigate what waterfowl might be resting on Lake James, and then head toward local shelters in search of bluebirds, sparrows, waxwings and other beautiful flyers that live and visit the park.
9:30am-11:00am Woodpecker Banding
This morning we’ll attempt some targeted banding to see if we can’t learn more about the abundant Red-headed
Woodpeckers that call Pokagon home. Stop by to see what woodpeckers we’re banding this morning!
Early Bird Registration is now available for this amazing fall weekend. Be sure to add the Saturday night keynote, as space is limited and this evening WILL fill! Special thanks to the program committee and all it’s members for putting the work into making this event happen. Download the full program guide here.
A special room block has been set aside at the Potawatomi Inn. To take advantage of the discounted room rate, visit the Potwatomi Inn Central Reservations and use Group Code 101918. Pokagon State Park Camping reservations can also be made here.