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IAS Fall Gathering 2020

September 26

Free – $37

IAS Fall Gathering 2020: Back to Birding
September 26, 2020

Plan to join us for a condensed and COVID-19 safe Fall Festival 2020.  Always, a beautiful time of year, the fall migration begins the promise of return as our beloved winged friends depart southward.  This year the Indiana Audubon Society is bringing you an array of talks, hikes to Fort Harrison State Park on Indianapolis’ NE side.

We are back to the basics of birding this fall as we meet outside and offer members a few different ways to bird together including wearing masks, social distancing, and participant limits. As CDC and state guidelines may change, please consult the IAS website for more up-to-date details about the schedule and field trips, as well as registering prior to the event.

Where We Will Be:

Fort Harrison State Park is part of the Indiana Birding Trail. The 1700 acres boast 219 bird species and includes miles of easy to moderate trails and a variety of habitats. $7.00 entrance fee for IN residents. Annual passes are available.

Eagle Creek Park and Eagle Creek Ornithology Center are also part of the Indiana Birding Trail. With a large reservoir and 3900 acres preserved, over 280 birds are seen throughout the year and mostly near four hotspots in the park area. $5.00 entrance fee for Marion County residents, $6.00 for non-residents.  Annual passes are available.

Schedule: (all activities start at Cherry Tree Shelter)

7:00 am: Registration open at Cherry Tree Shelter, Fort Harrison State Park

7:30am: Birding Fort Harrison State Park.  Join David Rupp, owner of Indigo Nature and Birding Tours, for a fun filled morning in the crisp fall air at Fort Harrison State Park.  We’ll search the many trails and habitat to build a good fall migration bird list throughout the morning.

7:30am: Birding around the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center.  Jenna McElroy, with the ECOC, will meet birders at the ever popular Eagle Creek for a morning of birding, after a behind the scenes look at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, including it’s live raptor collection.  Co-led by IAS outreach coordinator, Sam Warren.

8:00am: Birding Fort Harrison State Park II. Join Don Gorney for a morning of migrant birding around Fort Harrison.  Don’s favorite late September warbler spots near Delaware Lake will be searched on this all morning birding trip.

8:00am: Birding the Best of Eagle Creek Park.  As the fourth largest city park in the nation, Eagle Creek boasts an incredible 300+ species list over the years. Explore some of the best habitats at Eagle Creek with IAS board member Rhiannon Thunell.

12:00pm: Box Lunches Available for Pick up at Cherry Tree Shelter

1:00pm: IAS Board Meeting  at Cherry Tree Shelter (in-person & virtual available)

1:00pm: Birding by Kayak ($25/fee extra).  Join David Rupp, owner of Indigo Nature and Birding Tours for an afternoon of kayak birding at nearby Geist Reservoir, 5 miles away. We’ll traverse some quiet areas around in search of shoreline feeding migrant birds.

1:00pm: Birding Photography Hike.  Get some expert tips and techniques on getting that great birding shot with state birding expert and photography phenom, Ryan Sanderson, around Fort Harrison State Park.

1:00pm: Afternoon Birding at Fort Harrison. Join the Fort Harrison State Park staff for some afternoon migrant birding, in search of some neo-tropic migrants still moving through and feeding this afternoon around the park.

2:30pm: Bird Calls Fun.  No, we’re not making you belt out your best bird call, but join IAS outreach coordinator, Sam Warren, for some bird sounds games and quizzes to win some fun IAS prizes.

4:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting (in-person & virtual).  Whether you join us live in the Shelter or virtually, we welcome you for our annual membership meeting, presentation of our awards, annual elections, and your last chance to bid on our silent auction online.

Registration includes the day’s activities, a box lunch, and all guiding. Participants will pick their preferred box lunch at checkout.  Each individual activity requires separate reservations due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.  All IAS events this fall have the following restrictions:

  • All IAS trip participants must pre-register in advance for upcoming field trips
  • All IAS 2020 Field Trips are limited in participants
  • All participants are required to utilize facial covering and/or social distancing during the field trip
  • All participants should plan on traveling separately rather than carpool during multiple location trips
  • All participants must read and agree to the IAS Field Trip Release to participate in IAS led events and trips.

For questions about this year’s event, contact IAS Vice President Kim Ehn.


September 26
Free – $37
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Indiana Audubon Society


Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214 United States
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(317) 591-0904


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