2021 Festival Field Trip Locations

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival field trips will feel a little different this year. No vans or buses will be used in 2021.  All field trips will caravan to the birding site in separate vehicles, or meet on site for select trips. While most trips will meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, a select few will meet on-site as carpooling and caravanning can often be difficult (stoplights, toll booths, Chicago traffic!, etc...)

All CDC guidelines for social distancing and masking are expected to continue for the 2021 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, including a mask mandate on Indiana Dunes National Park facilities.

Below are hotlinks to help with navigation to our birding sites in 2021.  Google Maps is our preferred mapping software.

Red indicates an off-site meeting location
Blue indicates a Dunes Visitor Center (festival headquarters) meeting location

Wednesday, May 12th (prefest)

All pre-festival trips and tours will meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center (1215 N SR 49, Porter, IN) EXCEPT the Chicago Migrants Hotspot Tour, which will meet at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary (street parking)

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Mapping

 

Thursday, May 13th 

Bird Banding 101 from the Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes State Park Wilson Shelter

Lake Michigan Pelagic on the Emita II
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dunes Big Morning!
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Lake County Wetlands
Chase Street Parking Lot

Hannah and Erik Go Birding 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Barker Woods
Barker Woods Nature Preserve

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Warblers of Brincka-Cross Gardens
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog
INDU- Pinhook Bog Parking Lot

Cowles Bog Morning Birdathon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dunes Heron Rookery
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Beverly Shores Birding
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

National Park Ranger Birding
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Heron Rookery in the Afternoon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center


Reynold's Creek in the Afternoon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center


Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Bird Art Workshop with Kristina Knowski
Brincka Cross Gardens

Woodcock Sky Dance Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Owl Prowl Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Whip-poor-will Wander Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Friday, May 14th 

Sunrise Birding at Michigan City Harbor
Washington Park Beach Lot

Bird Banding 101 from the Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes State Park Wilson Shelter

Birding by Bus with Marc and Eliana
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dunes Big Morning!
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Michiana Marsh Meander
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Lake County Migrant Traps
Forsythe Park lot near 119th St

Dunes Warbler Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog
INDU- Pinhook Bog Parking Lot

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Hannah and Erik Go Birding 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Cowles Bog 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dunes Heron Rookery
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Beverly Shores 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Reynold's Creek Wetlands and Prairie
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Intro to Birding Photography Close-up!
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Coffee Creek Preserve Parking 

National Park Ranger Birding
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Heron Rookery in the Afternoon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Beverly Shores Great Marsh
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

A Bloopy Bird Art Workshop
Brincka Cross Gardens

Saturday, May 15th 

Bird Banding 101 from the Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes State Park Wilson Shelter

Dunes Big Morning!
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Adam Sell’s Big Sit from the Longshore Tower
Indiana Dunes State Park Observation Tower

Cowles Bog 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Miller Woods and Swale
Miller Woods and Douglas Center

Naked Birding Biathlon with Wes Homoya
Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area Parking

Moraine Nature Preserve Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Bendix Woods Warblers
Bendix Woods County Park

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Hannah and Erik Go Birding 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Flora Richardson Preserve
Flora Richardson Preserve

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding
Kankakee Sands Office Parking

Heron Rookeries of NWI
Highland Rookery Parking

Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area Tour
Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area Parking

Cowles Bog 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Birds and Blooms Dunes Heron Rookery
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Birding Photography in the Field
Indiana Dunes State Park Wilson Shelter

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Coffee Creek Preserve Parking 

National Park Ranger Birding
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

2021 Youth and Family Birding Day Hikes
Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog in the Afternoon
INDU- Pinhook Bog Parking Lot

Indiana Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Heron Rookery in the Afternoon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Sunday, May 16th 

Sunrise Birding at Michigan City Harbor
Washington Park Beach Lot

Birding by Bus with Marc and Eliana
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Secretive Marsh Birds of Beverly Shores
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Dunes Big Morning!
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Adam Sell’s Big Sit from the Longshore Tower
Indiana Dunes State Park Observation Tower

Lake County Wetlands
Chase Street Parking Lot

Dunes Warbler Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding
Kankakee Sands Office Parking

Birding the Dunes with Lifer Nature Tours
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Pinhook Bog
INDU- Pinhook Bog Parking Lot

Warblers of Brincka-Cross Gardens
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Birding with the National Park Superintendent
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

“Called it!” Birding by Ear Tour
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Coffee Creek Preserve Parking 

Cowles Bog 
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Flora Richardson Preserve
Flora Richardson Preserve

Calumet Region Birding with National Audubon
Eggers Grove Forest Preserve

National Park Ranger Birding
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

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