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Indiana Audubon 2022 Fall Gathering
September 24 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT
Join us for a special fall day of birding activities as Indiana Audubon hosts the annual Fall Gathering on September 24 in South Bend! Join us for a day of birding tours, presentations, and a dinner event. South Bend has ample birding hotspots and you can celebrate the fall migration with other members of our birding community.
This year’s event features several 6–8-hour birding experiences to enjoy the best of this great birding area. Be sure to also join us for our special evening keynote!
** Reserve your hotel room now at our host hotel, Holiday Inn Express & Suites- South. You can make reservations two different ways:
1. Directly online with this special IAS link here. Click on Book Now in the upper right corner, select dates, click search, and IAS rates should appear.
2. Call 574-291-1040 and use block code IAF or Indiana Audubon Fall Birding Festival.
Cover Photo: Bay-breasted Warbler by Ryan Sanderson
Fall Gathering Schedule
Please purchase your tickets according to which outing you would like to participate in. You can also purchase keynote tickets with an outing or individually.
Autumn Birding on the Indiana Birding Trail (7:30am-1:30pm) ($49)
The St. Joseph County Parks hosts four sites along the Indiana Birding Trail. These sites host a diversity and habitat that are excellent for fall birding. Today, in partnership with county park staff, we’ll visit as many of the four as possible, in search of migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, and sparrows. Sites that we’ll bird include Bendix Woods County Park, Spicer Lake County Park, Beverly Crone Restoration Area, and St. Patrick’s County Park. This trip will be led by van, departing the Holiday Inn & Suites South Bend, and include a box lunch as part of the tour. This trip is sponsored by the St. Joseph County Parks.
Boreal Flatwoods and Bog Migrants (7:30am-2pm) ($42)
Extreme northern Indiana is home to many environments and habitats more typical of “up north.” Today, we’ll have a great opportunity to experience two very unique locations owned by Shirley Heinze Land Trust. Lydick Bog is one of the state’s newest dedicated nature preserves, protecting one of the state’s last sphagnum bog habitats. It is both a botanists and birders northwoods dream. After birding the bog, we’ll carpool 30 minutes to the nearby Ambler Flatwoods Preserve, where another unique Indiana habitat hosts a variety of unique plants not normally found in Indiana. Both sites are great for fall migrants from the boreal forest. This trip will be led by local expert Jim Spier and includes a box lunch.
Fall Sparrow Big Day at Potato Creek (8am-1:30pm) ($45)
At over 250 species seen, Potato Creek State Park is easily one of the top 20 birding sites in Indiana. The mixture of early successional forests, prairies, and wetlands provide for a diverse feature of birding experiences, including one of the best Osprey viewing areas in the state. Today, birding expert and photographer, John Cassady, will spend the day birding this great property in search of all fall migrants, but taking particular attention to the now arriving diversity in sparrows. We’ll also take some time to tour with park staff to view active resource management being done on the property to benefit birds. This trip will be led by carpool and includes a box lunch and entry into the state park.
Sanctuary Birding and Yoga (8am-2pm) ($38)
The South-Bend Elkhart Audubon Society is one of the state’s largest Audubon chapters. The Audubon Sanctuary, just outside of Mishawaka, hosts both forested and grassy areas, as well as ponds and streams. This morning we’ll head to the Sanctuary, which usually has limited access, to enjoy a few hours of fall birding before meeting the Traveling Yogi for some birding yoga on the Sanctuary grounds. Any time left over will be spent at the nearby Beverly Crone Natural Area. This trip will be led by carpool and include a box lunch
Keynote Program- Audubon: Artist of Life ($39)
As Indiana Audubon approaches its 125th anniversary next year, step back in time with us as we explore the real John James Audubon with our keynote speaker, Mike Maxwell. Audubon was foremost an artist who from early childhood sought to “capture” the “essential life” of birds. Mike Maxwell has spent his adulthood studying and exploring who John James Audubon was. Join Mike for an exploration of how Audubon accomplished this goal in his magnum opus The Birds of America.
Our keynote dinner and program will take place at the Moat Room at Buago Creek County Park (57057 Ash Road Osceola, IN 46561) at 6pm ET. Tonight’s program will be preceded by the annual Indiana Audubon membership meeting. Though no alcohol will be served or sold, participants are welcome to bring their own alcohol.