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February 2019

Indiana Audubon 2019 Costa Rica Trip

February 8 - February 18
Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica + Google Map

Indiana Audubon 2019 Costa Rica Trip: The Best of Costa Rica’s Volcanoes, Peninsulas, and Endemics UPDATED: This Trip is Currently Full. Email bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org to be put on our waiting list and for updates on the upcoming October 2019 trip. In the early spring of 2019 Indiana Audubon is hosting the next in what has become a series of international trips for birders.  IAS has featured several off the beaten path birding locations in recent years (Cuba, Honduras), but in 2019…

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Somerville Mine Raptors and More Field Trip

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm EST
Patoka River NWR, 510 ½ West Morton Street
Oakland City, 47660 United States
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Free – $15

Join IAS member, Amy Kearns, for a driving tour of the regionally important Somerville Mine and nearby birding sites in search of waterfowl and raptors. We will primarily be birding from our vehicles, utilizing the county roads to survey the numerous fields and ponds in the area. Due to the distances that can be involved in surveying this area, a spotting scope is recommended. Additionally, the Zello app (a free app for smartphones) will be used to facilitate communication among…

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Winter Sax-Zim Bog Owl Trip 2019 – FULL

February 15 - February 18
Sax-Zim Bog, 8793 Owl Ave
Meadowlands, MN 55765 United States
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$165 – $328

THIS TRIP IS FULL Experience the soaring beauty of winter on an adventure with IAS into the heart of the Northwoods encountering owls, finches, and other breathtaking birds of the boreal forest. Perfect for birders with a taste for wild adventure, this four-day trip in early 2019 (Feb 15-18) traverses from the northern shore of Lake Superior to the brilliant snow-capped forests and marshlands of Sax-Zim Bog. The reward for the journey is an abundance in wild bird beauty seldom…

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March 2019

Summit Lake Waterfowl Field Trip

March 9 @ 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

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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Kankakee Wetlands Waterfowl Field Trip

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Kankakee River FWA, 4320 S Toto Rd
North Judson, IN 46366 United States
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Free – $10

Join Indiana Audubon for a morning of early spring birding among the many wetlands and flooded fields that line the Kankakee River in northern Indiana.  By this date, the waters are thawing and rising and this site plays host to thousands of diverse waterfowl species as they stage before heading to the prairie potholes and far Canadian arctic for the breeding season.  Participants can expect to see Snow Geese, Ross's Geese, Greater-white Fronted Geese, Northern Pintails, shovelers, teal, and more. …

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Bird Sounds ID Workshop

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Fort Harrison State Park, 6000 N Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214 United States
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$10 – $20

Join Indiana Audubon for an afternoon of all things bird sounds.  This 201 level workshop is designed to introduce participants to the complex world of bird songs and calls.  Half of the workshop will be spent indoors, while the other half will be outside, honing our skills on the park trails at Fort Harrison State Park. Topics covered include the ins and outs of bird sound, why and how birds sing, how bird songs are learned, using mnemonics for memory…

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Prairie Chicken Field Trip 2019

March 30 @ 6:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, 4295 N 1000th St
Newton, IL 62448 United States
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$25 – $40

We welcome back the return of our popular prairie chicken field trip in 2019.  We'll be 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. The females enter in…

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April 2019

Feathers & Fermentation: Early Spring Migrants

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Ash and Elm Cidery, 2104 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46201 United States
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We've got another birdtastic and boozalicious afternoon planned for you this time! Join Wesley Homoya - a native Hoosier, avid birder, tour guide, and conservationist - as we explore nature and enjoy quality adult beverages. Step 1: As always, start with a bang with an Ash & Elm Cider Co. tasting and tour and chance to buy cider for the roadtrip. Step 2: Adventure time! We'll do a birding hike at Browning Marsh, a Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI) property…

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Lye Creek Burn Field Trip

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Lye Creek Prairie Burn, E 650 N
Crawfordsville, IN 47933 United States
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Free – $10

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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Falling Springs Early Warblers Field Trip

April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Falling Springs Bird Sanctuary, 11471 W Co Rd 75 N
French Lick, IN 47432 United States
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Free – $10

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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