Northwest Indiana Birding Locations

  • BEVERLY SHORES

    SITE DESCRIPTION Photo Credits: Ryan Sanderson, Indianapolis, Indiana – Herring Gull and Bohemian Waxwing; Beth Dixon, Hobart, Indiana – Common Yellowthroat and Gray Catbird Beverly Shores is a Dunes community located along Lake Michigan between Mount Baldy and the Indiana Dunes State Park. Although somewhat lesser known than other northwest Indiana Read more [...]

  • WHITING PARK

    SITE DESCRIPTION Whiting Park is a well-maintained 14-acre park that sits on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Separated by less than 2 km along the lakefront, Whiting Park functions as a lakeside trap much like the Migrant Trap does. Yet because the cover at Whiting Park is less dense, Read more [...]

  • TIPPECANOE RIVER STATE PARK

    SITE DESCRIPTION Photo Credits: Summer Tanager – Photo by John Valesquez and Red-bellied Woodpecker – Photo by Mike Timmons; Examples of birds seen at the location. To examine the Waterfowl Area, park in the lot at the north end of the levee. Although other nearby sites, such as Winamac FWA Read more [...]

  • FORSYTH PARK / WOLF LAKE

    SITE DESCRIPTION Photo of Belted Kingfisher by Ryan Sanderson Forsythe Park and Wolf Lake are located on the northwest side of Hammond, Indiana. Historically the Wolf Lake area was part of a complex of shallow lakes, wetlands, and beach ridges and was directly connected to Lake Michigan. The Illinois-Indiana state Read more [...]

  • HAMMOND LAKEFRONT PARK

    SITE DESCRIPTION Photo Credits: Piping Plover and Clay-colored Sparrow are courtesy of Ryan Sanderson, Indianapolis, Indiana. Photos are examples of the birds that can be found at this location. The Hammond Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary, a 600-meter wooded strip of lakefront fill, lies within a kilometer of the Illinois Read more [...]

  • LAPORTE COUNTY LAKES

    Site description Photo by Ryan Sanderson in LaPorte, Indiana on December 13, 2014 The LaPorte Lakes lie immediately northwest of downtown LaPorte, Indiana. Although they’re an integral part of the city and its neighborhoods, they are still relatively healthy, and represent one of the best locations in the state for Read more [...]

  • MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR

    Site description Michigan City Harbor (MCH) is a well-known lakefront birding site located in northwest Indiana just miles from the Michigan state line. The harbor, with its beaches, piers, yacht basin, and breakwaters is almost certainly the best site on the lakefront for viewing Lake Michigan birds. A full 40% Read more [...]

  • PINE CREEK/ROBERT FELDT MARSH

    Site description Photos by Ryan Sanderson (Stilt Sandpiper and American Golden-Plover – photos of birds that might be seen at this location) Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area is a 700-acre grassland / old field complex purchased in 1993 for pheasant hunting. In 1996, Ducks Unlimited and the Indiana DNR combined Read more [...]

  • PORT OF INDIANA

    Site description Photo by Ryan Sanderson of a Red-throated Loon at the Port of Indiana on December 21, 2009 The Port of Indiana is a deep-water international shipping port located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Although most of the Port is off-limits to the general public, a one-acre Read more [...]

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