Keynote and Headliners 2021

Make plans to join Lifer Nature Tours for some adventures in the dunes as the 2021 official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival! Guides will be on hand to showcase the best the dunes has to offer as well as special presentations throughout the festival.

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2021 Festival Keynote: Scott Weidensaul
A World of Wings: Migratory Birds on a Changing Planet
Saturday 6:00pm – 8:00pm / LIVE STREAM 

Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his forthcoming book "A World of Wings," author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe -- with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterranean, where activists and police are battle bird poachers -- to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world's great bird migrations.

In Person Headliners outside in the Migration Marketplace!


Festival Headliner: Dr. Ken Brock

Amazing Birding in the Indiana Dunes
Thursday 11:30am – 12:30pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center



Festival Headliner: Hannah and Erik Go Birding!

The Birds Don’t Know They’re Special!
Friday 11:30am – 12:30pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center



Festival Headliner: Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila

Birding by Bus: Where Van Life Meets Birding
Saturday 11:30am – 12:30pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center



Festival Headliner: Adriaan Michiel Dokter

3 Billion Birds Lost: A Biodiversity Crisis
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center