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February 2018

IAS Winter Owl Tour 2018

February 23 - February 26
Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E 151st ST
Carmel, IN 46033 United States
$115 - $255 2 tickets left

THIS TRIP IS FULL Join fellow IAS members for a winter excursion into the heart of the north woods in early 2018 for an adventure in search of wintering owl species and winter finches.  The trip is scheduled for February 23-26, and will include the famous Sax-Zim Bog birding area, northwest of Duluth, MN.  Target birds include Snowy Owl, Great-gray Owl, and Northern Hawk Owl.  Additionally, the area is good for winter finches, including Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeak, and redpolls. Other notables…

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March 2018

Summit Lake Waterfowl Field Trip

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Summit Lake State Park, 5993 North Messick Road
new castle, IN 47362 United States
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Free - $10 2 tickets left

Join Indiana Audubon for a morning of early spring birding among the often productive waterfowl haven found at Summit Lake State Park, in east central Indiana. Summit Lake covers 2,680 acres, including an 800-acre lake.  The park is a mix of woodlands, old fields, wetlands, and prairie restoration areas which provide a wide range of flora and fauna. More than 100 species of birds reside in the park, and the area is popular among photographers and bird watchers. The field trip will…

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Indiana Birding: Crash Course! McCormick’s Creek State Park

March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
McCormick’s Creek State Park, 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd
spencer, IN 47460 United States
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$10 - $15 27 tickets left

Join Indiana Audubon Society for one of several three hour introduction to birding workshops held throughout the state. Each workshop is led by IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner, and features a jam packed schedule, looking at all things birding. This hands-on workshop is designed for both beginning bird watchers and general nature enthusiasts looking to learn more about the birds around their neighborhood and where to enjoy birds statewide.  A sample of the topics covered include: History of Ornithology Parts of…

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April 2018

Prairie Chicken Field Trip

April 7 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, 4295 N 1000th St
Newton, IL 62448 United States
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$10 - $25 Sold out

We welcome back the return of our popular prairie chicken field trip in 2018.  After a several year absence, we're returning to the booming grounds near Newton, IL to observe the amazing mating ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken.  The male’s “booming” sounds like oo—loo—woo, an unmistakable low-frequency sound. At a distance, a group calling all at once sounds like chaotic howling. The display, shown in the above photo, establishes a pecking order; they stomp their feet, bow, jump and yelp.…

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Falling Springs Early Warblers Field Trip

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Falling Springs Bird Sanctuary, 11471 W Co Rd 75 N
French Lick, IN 47432 United States
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Free - $10 4 tickets left

Join IAS for an exclusive field trip to the Falling Springs Bird Sanctuary property in Orange Co., owned by John and Karen Lindsey.  This amazing property features deep ravines and gorges among shaded hardwood forest.  It is home to a diversity of bird life, particularly in migration.  For nature enthusiasts, the geologic, floral, and wildlife features are also impressive.  The total tour time should take about 3 hours.  Falling Springs is a great place to find nesting Kentucky and Worm-eating…

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Lye Creek Burn Field Trip

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
Lye Creek Prairie Burn, E 650 N
Crawfordsville, IN 47933 United States
Free - $10 Sold out

The Lye Creek Burn is an 88-acre wetland in north central Montgomery County that is a part of the larger Lye Creek Prairie. The site and it's birding potential were first discovered in April 2001 as Clint Murray was on my way to check some corn fields he had marked for Smith’s Longspurs. Upon seeing the site and shorebirds present, he knew immediately that this was a place to watch. The field trip will begin at the Burn on Saturday,…

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Yellowwood State Forest Birding Field Trip

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
TC Steele SHS, 4220 T.C. Steele Rd.
Nashville, Indiana 47448 United States
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Free - $10 8 tickets left

Join Indiana Audubon for a special look at the spring warblers in this forested landscape of Brown County.  Yellowwood State Forest is a critically important bird area for forest dependent nesting and migratory neo-tropic migrants.  By this date we should have arriving warblers, including Hooded, Kentucky, Worm-eating, and Blue-winged.  Many other songbirds should be present as well. This special field trip will bird Yellowwood State Forest, but meet at the under-birded TC Steele State Historic Site at 9am on Saturday,…

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May 2018

IAS Spring Gathering

May 5 - May 6
Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, 3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331 United States
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Join us at the IAS Spring Gathering! The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary welcomes everyone to enjoy a weekend of birding, learning, and great fellowship with friends. Join us for the weekend!  The MGBS is the flagship property owned by the Indiana Audubon Society, Inc. With over 700 acres of property, participants can walk the many trails, enjoy welcoming back the migrating birds, and celebrate spring!  Camping is available for IAS members free of charge in the MGBS campground. More information coming. …

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IAS Big May Day Bird Count

May 12

IAS invites you to participate in the annual Big May Day Bird Count, held statewide on the second Saturday in May each year.  The objective of the BMDBC is to count the number of birds of each species occurring in a participating county area from midnight to midnight.  This data snapshot provides a valuable scientific record of the bird populations occurring each year in Indiana. The results are compiled, analyzed, and published in the Indiana Audubon Quarterly.  If you've never…

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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2018

May 17 - May 20
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 North State Road 49
Porter, 46304 United States
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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL May 17-20, 2018 Hosted at the Indiana Audubon Society in Chesterton, IN on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan About the Festival The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes. Birding in the Indiana Dunes is the best the state has to offer. With its rich biodiversity, varying habitats and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Indiana Dunes is a hotspot for migrant and resident birds.…

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