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2017 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Schedule of Events
Listed below is the schedule of events that will be taking place at the 2017 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, Thursday May 4, Friday, May 5th, Saturday, May 6th, and Sunday, May 7th. This page is a guide to help you decide which events you would be interested in attending during the festival. For easy navigation, anchor links have been placed at the top of the page and within the headline for each corresponding day. Registration includes one tour each day. Additional fees apply for van tours. Registration goes online February 12 for IAS Priority Registration and February 19 for Regular Early Bird Registration. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Pre-Festival Event: Wednesday, May 3rd
The Field Museum Birds Behind the Scenes

$30 / Wednesday 6:45am-4pm / Dunes Visitor Center
Come early for this special pre-festival workshop taking place over the entire day. A limited number of participants will meet at the festival headquarters for a day long excursion into Chicago for a special behind the scenes look at the birds of the Chicago Field Museum. We'll explore many extinct species (Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, etc...) as well as close-up looks of the thousands of bird specimens in their collection. After a traditional Chicago dog box lunch, we'll head to nearby Northerly Island for some birding with National Audubon Great Lakes staff. The group will travel to and from Chicago via the South Shore Train at nearby Dunes Park and should return around 4pm. Register early for this one of a kind tour!

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition Opening Reception
FREE / Wednesday 6pm-8pm / Dunes Visitor Center
For those arriving early, please consider joining us for a special opening reception for the month long Dune Birds in Art exhibition, taking place at the Festival Headquarters. The exhibition includes over 20 2D and 3D art pieces, featuring native birds to the Indiana Dunes. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work, and provide insight into their inspiration. Light snacks and drinks will be available. Join us this special night

Pre-festival Night Moves with Brad!
$5 / Wednesday 8pm-9:30pm / Leader: Brad Bumgardner, Festival Chair
it's a birding blitz for night birds on this special night before the birding festival. Join the Indiana Dunes State Park Interpreter and festival chair, Brad Bumgardner, for a fast paced evening foray into the dune wilds in search of woodcocks, whippoorwills, and owls during this 90 minute car pool tour. Folks wishing to move over from the Thursday evening tours, can do so on their account dashboard online.



Thursday Schedule, Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

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Thursday, May 4th

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition
FREE / Thursday 7am-4:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center
Dune Birds in Art is a special 2D and 3D art presentation sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indiana Dunes Tourism. The juried exhibition features local and regional artists and showcases the Indiana Dunes area's native avifauna in a myriad of art styles. The exhibition is available daily in the Visitor Center exhibit room..

Lake Michigan Pelagic Tour
Fee $45 / Thursday 6am – 11am / Leader: John Cassady
Join Fire Drill Charters and our birding guide for an adventure on Lake Michigan. Participants will car pool to Michigan City Harbor for a 3 hour ride out into Lake Michigan to explore late migrating waterfowl, such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as any migrating land birds that may find themselves out over the water or migrating along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent and in the case of cancellation, refunds will be offered and participants can join any other car pool tour being offered that morning. This trip is sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc.
Dunes Big Morning!
Fee $20 / Thursday 6am – 12pm / Leader: Tropical Birding
Here is your chance to enjoy the fast-paced birding of a big day, but all before lunch time! Speed around with the guides from Tropical Birding on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list.
Dunes Longshore Flight Survey
FREE / Thursday 6am – 10am / Leader: Brendan Grube
It's the ¼ million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest of its kind on the lake. Join us any morning from atop the Indiana Dunes State Park birding platform (by the Beach West Lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could be flying past in our official longshore flight survey. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should be peaking now. This has been a one stop shop for annual rarities to fly by too.
Tropical Birding Guides at the Wilson Boardwalk
FREE / Thursday 7am-10am / Dunes State Park
Each morning, special guides from Tropical Birding Tours will be stationed along the popular Wilson Boardwalk at Indiana Dunes State Park. A variety of migrating songbirds and waterbirds are always dependable along this stretch of boardwalk and nearby wooded areas. Look for the guides with the red hat, or join other birders for this hotspot of activity. No registration required, just park at the park's Wilson Shelter parking lot to take part in the birding action!
Dunes Heron Rookery
FREE / Thursday 7am – 11am / Leader: Randy Pals
Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow-throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl along the Little Calumet River. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is relatively level but may be muddy in spots.
Western Lakefront Traps
FREE / Thursday 7am – 11am / Leader: Matt Kalwasinski
Explore the hidden "migrant trap" sites of Lake Co today. We'll visit some areas that can host large quantities of neo-tropic migrants as well as the 129th Street Marsh to look for shorebirds and other waterbirds. Anticipated sites include the Hammond Bird Sanctuary, Wolf Lake, and/or Whiting Park. Expect toll road fees during this tour.
Indiana Dunes State Park I
FREE / Thursday 7am – 11am / Leader: Michael Topp
One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Pinhook Bog
FREE / Thursday 7am – 11am / Leader: Matt Beatty
Pinhook Bog is one of few "true" bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there can be some unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we'll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you'll definitely want to pre-register for this tour.
Warren Dunes and Woods
$20 / Thursday 7am – 11am / Leader: Kip Miller
Venture by van across the state line to this Michigan dune ecosystem and forest primeval. Warren Dunes and Woods hosts many migrating land birds this time of year, including outposts of Prairie Warblers in the more easily accessible blowouts. The wooded areas host ancient beech/maple stands along river bottoms. These areas are just as beautiful as they are birdy. This trip includes a box lunch afterwards.
Seidner Dune & Swale
$20 / Thursday 8am – 11am / Leader: Sarah Barnes
The globally rare dune-and-swale topography and floodplain marsh along the Grand Calumet River can host a variety of birds despite its small nature preserve size. Habitats to bird include black oak savanna, interdunal wetlands, and the nearby riparian corridor. For wildflower lovers, expect to see wild lupine and puccoon. Egrets, herons, and cormorants are often sighted along the river during the spring and summer. This trip includes a box lunch afterwards.
Beverly Shores

FREE / Thursday 8am – 11am / Leader: Lynea Hinchman
Visit the woodlands and wetlands that make up the Beverly Shores complex in pursuit of both nesting and migrant species. Your guide, Lynea Hinchman, has birded on six continents, and has birded the Dunes for more than 30 years. Highlight birds may include both Pine and Prairie Warbler, Summer Tanagers, with Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected.
Cowles Bog
FREE / Thursday 8am – 11am / Leader: John Lindsey
Cowles Bog is a treasure trove of an 8,000 year old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Kirtland's Warbler was found here last year.
Indiana Dunes State Park II
FREE / Thursday 8am – 11am / Leader: Fred Wooley
One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Intro to Birding Photography
FREE / Thursday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Rafi Wilkinson
Local photography expert, Rafi Wilkinson, will provide a discussion of basic camera settings followed by a photo session with a few Indiana Dunes bird specialties. Ending with a photo critique and Photoshop tips for improving images post production. Participants will car pool to the state park for some hopeful photography time near the park's Wilson Shelter.
Westchester Bird Sanctuary
FREE / Thursday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Kim Ehn
Birders will visit the newest birding site in the region during this short tour in Chesterton. A mix of wetland and forest will be birded for migrating warblers, vireos, and waterbirds. This site is only 5 minutes from the festival headquarters. A good tour for beginning birders.
On Contested Ground: The Changing Nature of the Chicago Region
FREE / Thursday 11am-12pm / Presenter: Joel Greenberg
When the first Europeans arrived at the southern end of Lake Michigan in the 1670s, they encountered a rich and diverse landscape largely carved by the last great push of the glaciers. The entire area was a great ecotone where the prairies competed with forests. Joel Greenberg, author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region, takes a look at how this area has changed over the course of the last 300 years. Much has been lost, some has been saved, and there are steps that can be taken to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the natural beauty that remains.
Beginning Bird Photography
FREE / Thursday 1pm-2pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Barb Lucas
Northwest Indiana birder and photographer Barb Lucas guides her audience in the tips to photographing both wild birds and butterflies. Barb will also discuss beginning photo equipment, shooting techniques and local nature areas during this hour long presentation.
Moths of Indiana Dunes & Beyond
FREE / Thursday 1pm-2pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Steve Sass
Often conjuring up images of dull brown bugs sticking to your screen on a warm summer night, moths are actually a diverse and amazing group of insects. From doing the job of pollinator, their ability to mimic, and extraordinary sensory abilities, join Steve Sass as he explores some of the more well-known and lesser known "nocturnal butterflies" of the dunes and Great Lakes region.
An Introduction to Flycatcher ID
$10 / Thursday 1pm- 4pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Dr. Ken Brock and John Cassady
While most birders know flycatchers as the most intimidating identification in the songbird category, much has been learned in the last few years towards this often ignored, yet fascinating group of birds. Dr. Ken Brock will provide an introduction to ID techniques and tips for this confusing group of birds during an indoor session, followed by some field time with expert state birder John Cassady.
Great Lakes Avian Radar Tour
FREE / Thursday 1:30pm-2:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Leader: Nathan Rathbun
Every spring, millions of birds and bats migrate through the Great Lakes region to their breeding grounds. The Great Lakes are both a barrier and resource that concentrates migrants along the shore. USFWS biologist, Nathan Rathbun, will introduce participants to an exciting radar project being used on southern Lake Michigan to record this amazing migration and how it can be used to help conserve birds. After a brief introductions, participants will car pool to the state park to see the radar system in action. Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.

A Journey to the Bottom of the World

FREE / Thursday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Lynea Hinchman
Wild, rugged, and alone, Antarctica is a region rich in superlatives. It's an adventure for those that choose to bird it. Listen to one person's tale of a lifetime as she becomes merely a visitor to this far away land.
The Oddities of Oz!
FREE / Thursday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Wes Homoya from Tropical Birding
No, not THAT Oz. Still mythical, though, are the many avian and mammalian delights of Australia. Join Wes as he describes some of the most magnificent wild creatures in the land "down unda.
Backyard Insects: The Good, The Bad and The Bugly
FREE / Thursday 4pm-5pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Steve Sass
A backyard bird habitat isn't devoid of insects. Learn some of the backyard bugs in your own backyard that help birds survive migration and which ones to encourage, while keeping your beautiful garden a healthy, functioning ecosystem.
Wine and Waders
$20 / Thursday 3pm-5:30pm / The Craft House/ Presenter: Kristina Knowski
Join our official bird festival artist for a hands on special canvas art workshop. Kristina will walk you through on your own canvas art depicting this year's theme bird, the Sandhill Crane. The Craft House staff will be on hand with an assortment of drink offerings should you wish to partake. Participants report directly to the Craft House for this special workshop requiring advance registration.
Birds and BrewsFREE / Thursday 6pm / The Craft House
It's our official birders social event! Join other participants for a night of great food, drinks, trivia, prizes, and more. Try our special bird fest beer and cider or meet a new birder from around the Great Lakes region. We take over the upstairs and have a great time! Join us!
Timberdoodle Trek
$5 / Thursday 8pm-9pm / Leader: Mari Aviles
The bird with many names! Whether you call it the timberdoodle, bog sucker, Labrador twister, or more simply the woodcock, its spring dance is a sight to behold. Join us for a short drive to watch the evening curtain rise on this quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early.
Owl Prowl
$5 / Thursday 8pm-9pm / Leader: Brad Bumgardner
Our most popular birds of the twilight are the goals this evening. Brad will carpool the select group to target the amazing and stealthy world of owls tonight. Based on local observations, we'll try to find a few species and look the adaptations they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early.
Whippoorwill Wander
$5 / Thursday 8pm-9pm / Leader: Matt Beatty
If you want to find the most vociferous bird of the dunes, you need not set your alarm early. Meet Matt for a carpool tour to seek out the loud whip-poor-wills of the dune forests. If we're lucky, we'll have close up looks at this highly territorial forest floor dweller.



Friday Schedule, Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

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Friday, May 5th

Field Trip Friday!

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition
FREE / Friday 7am-4:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center
Dune Birds in Art is a special 2D and 3D art presentation sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indiana Dunes Tourism. The juried exhibition features local and regional artists and showcases the Indiana Dunes area's native avifauna in a myriad of art styles. The exhibition is available daily in the Visitor Center exhibit room.

Lake Michigan Pelagic Tour
Fee $45 / Friday 6am – 11am / Leader: Don Gorney
Join Fire Drill Charters and our birding guide for an adventure on Lake Michigan. Participants will car pool to Michigan City Harbor for a 3 hour ride out into Lake Michigan to explore late migrating waterfowl, such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as any migrating land birds that may find themselves out over the water or migrating along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent and in the case of cancellation, refunds will be offered and participants can join any other car pool tour being offered that morning. This trip is sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc.
Dunes Big Morning!
Fee $20 / Friday 6am – 12pm / Leader: Tropical Birding
Here is your chance to enjoy the fast paced birding of a big day, but all before lunch time! Speed around with the guides from Tropical Birding on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list.
Dunes Longshore Flight Survey
FREE / Friday 6am – 10am / Leader: Brendan Grube
It's the ¼ million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest of its kind on the lake. Join us any morning from atop the Indiana Dunes State Park birding platform (by the Beach West Lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could be flying past in our official long shore flight survey. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should be peaking now. This has been a one stop shop for annual rarities to fly by too.
Secret Birds of the Marsh
FREE / Friday 6am – 10am / Leader: Caleb Putnam
It's no secret that the marshes and other wetlands in the dunes area host some of the highest concentration of rare and secretive birds. Caleb will highlight some of the easiest to access locations on this car pool tour to seek out and find some of the more secretive birds, such as rails, cranes, herons, wrens, and more.
Tropical Birding Guides at the Wilson Boardwalk
FREE / Friday 7am-10am / Dunes State Park
Each morning, special guides from Tropical Birding Tours will be stationed along the popular Wilson Boardwalk at Indiana Dunes State Park. A variety of migrating songbirds and waterbirds are always dependable along this stretch of boardwalk and nearby wooded areas. Look for the guides with the red hat, or join other birders for this hotspot of activity. No registration required, just park at the park's Wilson Shelter parking lot to take part in the birding action!
Pinhook Bog
FREE / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Fred Wooley
Pinhook Bog is one of few "true" bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there can be some unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we'll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you'll definitely want to pre-register for this tour.
Indiana Dunes State Park I
FREE / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Michael Topp
One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Potato Creek State Park
$20 / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Barbara Tibbets
Potato Creek is a mixture of habitats hosting over 230 species of birds and is a great location to watch nesting Osprey. This van tour will guide birders to the best sites Potato Creek has to offer in this six square mile state park. We'll likely see a mixture of migratory birds due to the diverse woodlands, wetlands, and early successional prairies that this park is home to. This tour will include a box lunch afterwards.
Western Wetland Tour
FREE / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Matt Kalwasinski
The wetlands of extreme northwest Indiana can host a variety of excellent birding gems. These areas can congregate large quantities of neo-tropic migrants as well as shorebirds and other waterbirds. Anticipated sites will include Grant Street Wetland and the Highland Rookery. Birders wishing to visit the region's Monk Parakeets may continue on afterwards with the guide to view these interesting Indiana exotic residents.
Indiana Dunes State Park with Birdchick
$20 / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Sharon Stiteler
Join Birdchick to explore one of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat. This tour will include a box lunch afterwards.
Galien Canopy Tower
FREE / Friday 7am – 11am / Leader: Kip Miller
Cross the state line with Michigan birding expert, Kip Miller, to view this new county park known for its massive canopy walkway extending over 300 feet long and 75 feet above the forest and wetlands below. The long observation deck and boardwalk below provide for up close looks at secretive marsh birds as well. It's a one of a kind tour that always fills up fast.
John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve
$20 / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Sarah Barnes
This 92 acre nature preserve is an ecological mix of oak savanna, sand prairie, and interdunal wetlands. Join Sarah for a birding fest first van tour into this unique Shirley Heinze Land Trust property in search of migrating birds of many sorts. This tour will include a box lunch afterwards.
DuPont Natural Area
FREE / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Paul Labus
The DuPont Natural Area is owned by the DuPont Corporation and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It represents a fragment dune and swale habitat to the Great Lakes and is considered globally rare. In recent tours with The Nature Conservancy Northwest Region director Paul Labus, an assortment of both plants and animals have been found.
Cowles Bog
FREE / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Matt Beatty
Cowles Bog is a treasure trove of an 8,000 year old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Kirtland's Warbler was found here last year.
Beverly Shores
FREE / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Lynea Hinchman
Visit the woodlands and wetlands that make up the Beverly Shores complex in pursuit of both nesting and migrant species. Your guide, Lynea Hinchman, has birded on six continents, and has birded the dunes for more than 30 years. Highlight birds may include both Pine and Prairie Warbler, Summer Tanagers, with Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected.
Indiana Dunes State Park II
FREE / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Rick Read
One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Dunes Heron Rookery
FREE / Friday 8am – 11am / Leader: Randy Pals
Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow-throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl along the Little Calumet River. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is relatively level but may be muddy in spots.
Mnoke Prairie and Little Calumet Trail
FREE / Friday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Mari Aviles
Mnoke is an active prairie restoration in the middle of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. An assortment of grassland birds have been found as well as an abundance of river bottom warblers that can be seen a short distance down the trail. The site is a close drive for those not wanting to travel too far.
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
FREE / Friday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Erica Wayne
This one of a kind mixed development features over 150 acres of forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. The open meadows and prairies have become home to high numbers of breeding tree swallows and bluebirds. This hidden gem is just a few short miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for close up looks for beginning birders.
Intro to Birding Photography
FREE / Friday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Rafi Wilkinson
Local photography expert Rafi Wilkinson will provide a discussion of basic camera settings followed by a photo session with a few Indiana Dunes bird specialties. Ending with a photo critique and Photoshop tips for improving images post production. Participants will car pool to the state park for some hopeful photography time near the park's Wilson Shelter.
Cranes: Ambassadors for Conservation
FREE / Friday 11am-12pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Dr. Richard Beilfuss
Numbering at only fifteen species, cranes are both a symbol of the wild and a sacred species across cultures. The United States is unique in having the most common and most rare of the species. Explore how these beautiful birds enrich the environment and our own lives with Dr. Richard Beilfuss, executive director of the International Crane Foundation.
An Introduction to Shorebird ID
$20 / Friday 11am-2pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Geoffrey Williamson and Don Gorney
Geoffrey Williamson uses images and actual study skins to explore the complex identification of shorebirds. This in-depth workshop will involve both indoor time, as well as a short car pool tour to study nearby shorebirds in the field with Indiana birding expert Don Gorney. A box lunch is included with this workshop.
The Raptor Experience!
FREE / Friday 1pm-2pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center
Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close-up look at some of the live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will look at the many hawks, falcons, and even eagles that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. Each day's program will feature different birds.
Birds in Flight: A Photography Class
FREE / Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Iain Campbell with Tropical Birding
Experienced professional photo tour leader Iain Campbell will explain some of the techniques required to get good results from one of the most challenging fields in bird photography.
Smartphone Digiscope Birding
FREE / Friday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Sharon Stiteler
As mobile phone cameras and technology improves; more and more birders are gravitating towards smartphone digiscoping over traditional DSLRs to capture that rare or beautiful bird sighting. Learn the ins and outs of this new trend with Birdchick this afternoon.
Woodcut Birds Workshop
$20 / Friday 3pm-5:30pm / The Craft House/ Presenter: Corey Hagelberg
Corey will guide participants through the art of woodcut birds during this hands on workshop taking place in The Craft House in Chesterton. Learn both traditional wood block cutting, as well as easier to carve latex. You'll then get a chance to transfer your work to print for a keepsake of your own bird festival visit. The Craft House staff will have an assortment of drink options for participants.
Planting for the Birds
FREE / Friday 4pm-5pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Daniel Suarez
Attracting birds is far more than putting out bird seed. Join National Audubon Great Lakes Region stewardship program manager Daniel Suarez for a look at the small things you can do to ensure a bountiful habitat for the birds in your own backyard.
Early Landscapes of Indiana 1816: Connecting With Our Past, Preserving For Our Future
FREE / Friday 4pm-5pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Mike Homoya
Prior to statehood, Indiana was a vast land of forests, wetlands, and prairies as far as the eye could see. Bison traveled ancient paths, passenger pigeons darkened the skies, and wolves, bears and panthers roamed the land. Explore our early past via first person accounts with Mike Homoya to paint a picture of "original Indiana. Today, those wishing to seek this ancient past may still do so in several, albeit relative small, wonderful parks and nature preserves.
Birds and Brew
FREE / Friday 6pm / The Craft House
It's our official birders social event! Join other participants for a night of great food, drinks, trivia, prizes, and more. Try our special bird fest beer and cider or meet a new birder from around the Great Lakes region. Tonight is our second annual Bird Calling Contest, so bring that special bird call you've been working on this past year and win some great prizes! Join us!



Saturday acivities at the INDBF

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Saturday, May 6th

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition
FREE / Saturday All Day / Dunes Visitor Center
Dune Birds in Art is a special 2D and 3D art presentation sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indiana Dunes Tourism. The juried exhibition features local and regional artists and showcases the Indiana Dunes area's native avifauna in a myriad of art styles. The exhibition is available daily in the Visitor Center exhibit room.

Lake Michigan Pelagic Tour
Fee $45 / Saturday 6am – 11am / Leader: Kip Miller
Join Fire Drill Charters and our birding guide for an adventure on Lake Michigan. Participants will car pool to Michigan City Harbor for a 3 hour ride out into Lake Michigan to explore late migrating waterfowl, such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as any migrating land birds that may find themselves out over the water or migrating along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent and in the case of cancellation, refunds will be offered and participants can join any other car pool tour being offered that morning. This trip is sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc.
Dunes Big Morning!
Fee $20 / Saturday 6am – 12pm / Leader: Tropical Birding
Here is your chance to enjoy the fast paced birding of a big day, but all before lunch time! Speed around with the guides from Tropical Birding on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list.
Dunes Longshore Flight Survey
FREE / Saturday 6am – 10am / Leader: Brendan Grube
It's the ¼ million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest of its kind on the lake. Join us any morning from atop the Indiana Dunes State Park birding platform (by the Beach West Lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could be flying past in our official long shore flight survey. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should be peaking now. This has been a one stop shop for annual rarities to fly by too.
Tropical Birding Guides at the Wilson Boardwalk
FREE / Saturday 7am-10am / Dunes State Park
Each morning, special guides from Tropical Birding Tours will be stationed along the popular Wilson Boardwalk at Indiana Dunes State Park. A variety of migrating songbirds and waterbirds are always dependable along this stretch of boardwalk and nearby wooded areas. Look for the guides with the red hat, or join other birders for this hotspot of activity. No registration required, just park at the park's Wilson Shelter parking lot to take part in the birding action!
Pinhook Bog
FREE / Saturday 7am – 11am / Leader: Fred Wooley
Pinhook Bog is one of few "true" bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there can be some unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we'll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you'll definitely want to pre-register for this tour.
Cowles Bog
FREE / Saturday 8am – 11am / Leader: John Schaust
Cowles Bog is a treasure trove of an 8,000 year old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Kirtland's Warbler was found here last year.
Indiana Dunes State Park with Birdchick
$20 / Saturday 7am – 11am / Leader: Sharon Stiteler
Join Birdchick to explore one of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat. The tour includes a box lunch afterwards.
Kankakee Sands
$20 / Saturday 7am – 11am / Leader: Barb Lucas
The 45 minute drive to Kankakee Sands is worth the visit for the diverse grassland birds, open wetlands, and roaming bison herd that now calls this place home. The site is a great spot for Lark Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows, and Grasshopper Sparrows. In rare years, Upland Sandpiper can also be found. Much of the birding is roadside or off trail near the van. Barb Lucas has been birding the area for years and can guide folks to where the best birds are at in this very unique hotspot. The tour includes a box lunch afterwards.
Galien River Kayak Birding
$10/ Saturday 7am – 11am / Leader: Caleb Putnam
Explore the unspoiled section of the beautiful Galien River, just across the Michigan line. We'll provide the kayaks and slow paddle the serene waters towards Lake Michigan in search of waterbirds and migrant songbirds feeding along the river's edge. It's one of the best spots in the region for Yellow-throated Warblers. Beginners welcome! Sponsorship courtesy the Northwest Indiana Paddler's Association.
Sarett Canopy Tower
FREE/ Saturday 7am – 11am / Leader: Mindy Taylor
Birders will carpool 45-minutes to this popular SW Michigan Nature Center. Sarett is well known for its extensive boardwalk system, including a treetop canopy walkway extending over 50 feet in the air. The park's Prothonotary Warblers are often sought after, and its Orchard Orioles are always a hit. Plan for a variety of birding habitats on this tour.
Indiana Dunes State Park
FREE / Saturday 8am – 11am / Leader: Rick Read
Join Birdchick to explore one of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Spicer Lake Nature Preserve
$20 / Saturday 8am – 12pm / Leader: Michaele Klingerman
Wetlands, woodlands, and fields welcome birders to this 300 acre nature preserve near the Indiana/Michigan state line just east of the dunes. Staff from the St. Joseph County Parks will van tour folks over to this unique birding location where an assortment of neo-tropic migrants can be expected. The tour includes a box lunch afterwards.
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
FREE / Saturday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Erica Wayne
This one of a kind mixed development features over 150 acres of forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. The open meadows and prairies have become home to high numbers of breeding Tree Swallows and bluebirds. This hidden gem is just a few short miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for close up looks for beginning birders.
Gorney's Indiana Dunes Birding
FREE / Saturday 8am – 11am / Leader: Don Gorney
See the dunes birding from an expert's prospective this morning. Don will car pool participants to his favorite birding sites and favorite birds in this three hour birding spree. We'll focus on a diverse set of birds and both popular hotspots and off the beaten path birding locations.
Cowles Bog II
FREE / Saturday 8am – 11am / Leader: Amy Hodson
Cowles Bog is a treasure trove of an 8,000 year old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Kirtland's Warbler was found here last year.
Intro to Birding Photography
FREE / Saturday 9am – 12pm / Leader: Mike Bourdon
Local photography expert Mike Bourdon will provide a discussion of basic camera settings followed by a photo session with a few Indiana Dunes bird specialties, ending with a photo critique and Photoshop tips for improving images post production. Participants will car pool to the state park for some photography time near the park's Wilson Shelter.
Indiana Young Birders Youth and Family Birding Day!
FREE / Saturday 9am-4pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Multiple Groups
Join us for a full day of birding activities, including free beginner hikes every hour, photo ID quiz giveaways, bird games, bird house building (SPONSORED BY Izaak Walton League-Porter County Chapter), scout birding merit badge activities, and more! Watch songbird and hummingbird banding as well. Meet "Hope" the lifesize muppet crane. All activities take place at the State Park Nature Center and also include special presentations throughout the day. All activities are free, whether you're registered for the festival or not and also include special themed activities for scout groups looking to earn their merit badge. Additional 2017 sponsorship comes from the Porter County Community Foundation and the Discovery Trackers 4H Club of Porter Co.
Free Workshops:
•​9:00am Field Sketching with artist Kristina Knowski
•​10:00am ID Birds by Sound with Matt Beatty
•​11:00am Indiana Young Birders Youth Presentations
•​12:00pm What do Owls eat? Pellet Exploration
•​1:00pm Whooping Crane Conservation with International Crane Foundation

2:30pm Hummingbird 101 with Indiana Audubon Society's Amy Wlms

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and An Epic Journey
FREE / Saturday 11am-12pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Deborah Cramer
Each year, Red Knot sandpipers travel an incredible 19,000 miles, from the tip of South America to nesting grounds in the Arctic—and back again—eating millions of tiny horseshoe crab eggs along the way. Newly listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the Red Knot is the twenty-first century's "canary in the coal mine." Join Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey, in a discussion of what is at stake for the Red Knot sandpiper and the millions of other shorebirds threatened by the effects of climate change.

The Raptor Experience!
FREE / Saturday 1pm-2pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center
Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close up look at some of the live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will look at the many hawks, falcons, and even eagles that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. Each day's program will feature different birds.
Whooping Crane Conservation at the ICF
FREE / Saturday 1pm-2pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Lizzie Condon
The Whooping Crane is the rarest of all the world's cranes and stands as the tallest bird in North America. Their population successes and failures is a roller coaster of species conservation. Explore this wonderful species and the work being done by the International Crane Foundation this afternoon.
Indiana Dunes State Park in the Afternoon
$5 / Saturday 2pm – 4pm / Leader: Don Gorney
Join Don Gorney to explore one of the premier birding sites during the festival in this special afternoon session! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
1898: 100 Years of Indiana Audubon
FREE / Saturday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Jeff Canada
Explore 100 years of bird conservation in Indiana with the president of the Indiana Audubon Society. Jeff will also give insight into the work that Indiana's oldest wildlife conservation organization has done and its future outlook. Learn more about our host organization.
Hummingbirds 101
FREE / Saturday 2:30pm-3:30pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Amy Wilms
Our flying gems captivate and awe us with their record breaking flight maneuvers and ability to survive such a giant world around them. Learn more about these tiny winged wonders with Indiana Audubon past-president, who has banded over 500 hummers at its Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.
Fantastic Families and Where to Find Them
FREE / Saturday 4pm – 5pm/ Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Keith Barnes from Tropical Birding
The birding world is full of diverse and amazing bird families. Many are exclusive to certain regions or continentns. This presentation outlines the myriad bird families that are found around the world, and outlines where you need to go to find them
Goose Pond: Indiana's Rarity Mecca
FREE / Saturday 4pm – 5pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Lee Sterrenburg
Goose Pond is one of the premier birding destinations in Indiana. Since its creation in 2000 and subsequent restoration, birds and birders have been flocking to the area. Some of the most recent rarities that have been spotted at Goose Pond include Spotted Redshank, Hooded Crane, Curlew Sandpiper, Roseate Spoonbill, and Neotropic Cormorant. Learn more about this wetland oasis and the work still being done.
IDBF Keynote Dinner, Presentation, and Silent Auction
$25 / Saturday 6pm – 10pm / Sand Creek Country Club/ Presenter: Sharon Stiteler
Join us for our Saturday night event. Join hundreds of birders for an evening social including a fabulous dinner, drinks, an exhaustive silent auction selection and a chance to spend the evening with our keynote presenter, Birdchick. When your main goal is to get paid to go bird watching, your office can be in the middle of the Kazakh Steppes or flying 100 feet above the Mississippi River counting ducks. Sharon "Birdchick" Stiteler will chronicle her many adventures finding birds as she shares her experiences finding Horned Guans in Guatemala, Sandwich Terns in a nudist colony, and not to mention suitable bathrooms!



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Sunday, May 7th

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition

FREE / Sunday All Day / Dunes Visitor Center
Dune Birds in Art is a special 2D and 3D art presentation sponsored by the Indiana Audubon Society, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indiana Dunes Tourism. The juried exhibition features local and regional artists and showcases the Indiana Dunes area's native avifauna in a myriad of art styles. The exhibition is available daily in the Visitor Center exhibit room.

Lake Michigan Pelagic Tour
Fee $45 / Sunday 6am – 11am / Leader: Kip Miller
Join Fire Drill Charters and our birding guide for an adventure on Lake Michigan. Participants will car pool to Michigan City Harbor for a 3 hour ride out into Lake Michigan to explore late migrating waterfowl, such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as any migrating land birds that may find themselves out over the water or migrating along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent and in the case of cancellation, refunds will be offered and participants can join any other car pool tour being offered that morning. This trip is sponsored by the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc.
Dunes Big Morning!
Fee $20 / Sunday 6am – 12pm / Leader: Tropical Birding
Here is your chance to enjoy the fast paced birding of a big day, but all before lunch time! Speed around with the guides from Tropical Birding on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list.
Dunes Longshore Flight Survey
FREE / Sunday 6am – 10am / Leader: Brendan Grube
It's the ¼ million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest of its kind on the lake. Join us any morning from atop the Indiana Dunes State Park birding platform (by the Beach West Lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could be flying past in our official long shore flight survey. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should be peaking now. This has been a one stop shop for annual rarities to fly by too.
Tropical Birding Guides at the Wilson Boardwalk
FREE / Sunday 7am-10am / Dunes State Park
Each morning, special guides from Tropical Birding Tours will be stationed along the popular Wilson Boardwalk at Indiana Dunes State Park. A variety of migrating songbirds and waterbirds are always dependable along this stretch of boardwalk and nearby wooded areas. Look for the guides with the red hat, or join other birders for this hotspot of activity. No registration required, just park at the park's Wilson Shelter parking lot to take part in the birding action!
Pinhook Bog
FREE / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Kim Ehn
Pinhook Bog is one of few "true" bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there can be some unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we'll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you'll definitely want to pre-register for this tour.
West Beach and Long Lake
FREE / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Matt Beatty
The West Beach unit of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is an array of beautiful dunes, pine forests, wetlands, and wet pannes. The site is known for its rarities as well as diversity of birds. Recently, the burned meadows have hosted chats, Lark Sparrows, and LeConte's Sparrows, while the wetlands host a nesting Sandhill Cranes and shallow water loving waterbirds. Participants will bird as many habitats as possible during the four hours.
Indiana Dunes State Park with Birdchick
$20 / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Sharon Stiteler
Join Birdchick to explore one of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat. A box lunch will be provided afterwards. A box lunch will be provided afterwards.
Kankakee Sands
$20 / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Barb Lucas
The 45 minute drive to Kankakee Sands is worth the visit for the diverse grassland birds, open wetlands, and roaming bison herd that now calls this place home. The site is a great spot for Lark Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows, and Grasshopper Sparrows. In rare years, Upland Sandpiper can also be found. Much of the birding is roadside or off trail near the van. Barb Lucas has been birding the area for years and can guide folks to where the best birds are at in this very unique hotspot. A box lunch will be provided afterwards. A box lunch will be provided afterwards.
Dunes Heron Rookery
FREE / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Scott Namestnik
Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow-throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl along the Little Calumet River. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is relatively level but may be muddy in spots.
Bendix Woods County Park
$20 / Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Evie Kirkwood
Bendix Woods is home to over 150 acres of woods, ponds, and fields. A state dedicated nature preserve is contained within its borders. Bendix Woods can be a great location for migrating warblers, vireos, and thrushes during the spring. Participants will be guided by van with Evie Kirkwood, director of the St. Joseph County Parks. A box lunch will be provided afterwards.
Illinois Calumet Preserves
FREE / Sunday 8am – 12pm / Leader: Walter Marcisz & Nat Miller
This birding tour will explore some of the Illinois hotspots for birds in the Calumet region, including some recent restoration projects. These sites are within eyesight of the Indiana state line, including Egger's Grove, Powderhorn, and Burnham Prairie. Expect an assortment of species possibilities. This trip may involve toll road fees.
Sarett Canopy Tower
FREE/ Sunday 7am – 11am / Leader: Mindy Taylor
Birders will carpool 45-minutes to this popular SW Michigan Nature Center. Sarett is well known for its extensive boardwalk system, including a treetop canopy walkway extending over 50 feet in the air. The park's Prothonotary Warblers are often sought after, and its Orchard Orioles are always a hit. Plan for a variety of birding habitats on this tour. A box lunch will be provided afterwards.
Indiana Dunes State Park
FREE / Sunday 8am – 11am / Leader: Fred Wooley
One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes SP is simply great migrant birding in the dunes. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain fairly flat.
Cowles Bog
FREE / Sunday 8am – 11am / Leader: John Schaust
Cowles Bog is a treasure trove of an 8,000 year old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Kirtland's Warbler was found here last year.
Taltree Arboretum
FREE / Sunday 8am – 11am / Leader: Lynn Daugherty
Taltree is a diverse park of woodlands, wetlands, and prairies just south of the dunes. This interesting property hosts many migrating passerines and serves as a good area for nesting Bobolinks and Henslow's Sparrows. Raptors can also be seen flying over the open areas during migration periods.
Reynold's Creek Gamebird Habitat Area.

FREE / Sunday 8am – 11am / Leader: Kristin Stratton
Bird one of the newest properties in the dunes! Reynold's Creek has become an oasis for less common grassland birds just south of the dunes. Winter Short-eared Owls and harriers, spring longspurs, and summering Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and even Clay-colored Sparrows are making this location a great place to fill your bird list gaps. Recent wetland restorations are also providing a stopover site for shorebirds.
The Birds of Aldo Leopold

FREE / Sunday 11am – 12pm/ Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Stanley Temple
Our modern father of Ecology, Aldo Leopold, recorded countless bird observations and sightings in his sand county farm in southern Wisconsin. Professor Stanley Temple is recently retired from the academic position at the University of Wisconsin once held by Aldo Leopold. He is now a Professor Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation and will highlight Leopold's contributions to the birding world.
Owls Alive!
FREE / Sunday 1pm-2pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center
Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close up look at some of the live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will look at the many owls that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. This program is a real hoot!
Saving the Secret Marsh Birds of the Calumet
FREE / Sunday 1pm-2pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Nat Miller
Despite years of industry and urban development, the Calumet region hosts an assortment of birds many birders would figure should be long gone. Join National Audubon Great Lakes for an exploration of the efforts being undertaken to restore and save these secretive birds and their sensitive habitats.
Birding By Boat
FREE / Sunday 2:30pm-3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lisle Gwynn from Tropical Birding
Lisle uses his extensive experience as a bird, wildlife, and photo guide on cruise ships to detail some of the most fascinating birding trips by boat across the globe. Plan your next boat trip today!
eBirding 101
FREE / Sunday 2:30pm-3:30pm / State Park Nature Center/ Presenter: Brad Bumgardner
Since launching 15 years ago, eBird has revolutionized birding and provided bird watchers with an assortment of online tools to both find and report their bird sightings. eBird reviewer Brad Bumgardner will highlight this simple to use online program and how to maximize its potential for your bird festival sightings and beyond.


Special Thanks to the 2017 Indiana Dunes
Birding Festival Committee!


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