2022 Schedule

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2022
May 12-15, 2022

Full Schedule: CLICK HERE for our new registration and schedule website.  

2022 Festival Guide: Download now or order a hard copyPlease refer to the online schedule for the latest updates.

2022 Festival Keynote:
David Lindo, "The Urban Birder"

Saturday, May 14: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sand Creek Country Club
Chesterton, IN

Join us for an evening with David Lindo, the Urban Birder. David has gained the reputation of being a playfully entertaining, though very professional, passionate and informative speaker.  David is broadcaster, writer, speaker, tour leader, and educator with a mission to engage city folk around the world with the environment through the medium of birds.  He is author of The Urban Birder, Tales from Concrete Jungles, and more.  He was also recently named as the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Take part in a great evening looking at David's worldwide travels, his take on birding, and prepare to be delighted and inspired to look for nature and birdlife in every corner of our world. 

Festival Headliner: Elizabeth Hargrave

Wingspan: How a Board Game Took the Birding World by Storm

Thursday May 12: 11:30 – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center 

The bird-themed board game Wingspan was an overnight hit when it was released in 2019, and has gone on to sell over a million copies in over 18 languages. We'll take a behind-the-scenes look at how Wingspan was made, the wild ride of its surprising success, and the significance it has had for both birders and gamers.

Festival Headliner: Dan Gardoqui

Talking with Birds: From Listing to Listening

Friday May 13: 11:30 – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center 

Join lifelong bird mimic and whisperer Dan Gardoqui for a presentation about the intersection of encoded bird vocalizations and how we respond to birds. You'll learn about: the five voices of songbirds; how to find deeper connection with birds; and putting bird agendas first.

Festival Headliner: Diego Calderon

Birding with FARC: How Birds Connect People

Saturday May 14: 11:30 – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center 

We all are facing new times, and Colombia, fortunately, is not the exception. After years of internal conflict, we are enjoying a peaceful window of time, when we all Colombians, from all corners and social backgrounds, have the chance of coming closer together, to be part of the process of building of a new country. We biologists and naturalists are now exploring areas that were forbidden because of the conflict, finding new species and filling gaps in natural history knowledge from our amazingly rich fauna and flora. More and more species of birds and habitats are now accessible, and with the advent of birdwatching tourism, more and more knowledge is produced. Nothing cooler, more participative, and healing for everyone than exploring these areas with the people that one day was responsible for labeling them as dangerous non-go sites, and kept me captive for 88 days in the mountains.

Festival Headliner: Dr. Ken Brock

Lake Michigan's Fall Funnel Affect and What You're Missing Out on

Sunday May 15: 11:30 – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center 

While the Indiana Dunes is well known for its spring migration along the shores of Lake Michigan, few realize the amazing birding that goes generally unnoticed in the fall. From massive crane gatherings, saw-whet owl banding, and the best inland jaeger viewing spot in the United States, learn more about what you're missing out and begin planning your fall birding in the Dunes.


Make plans to join Lifer Nature Tours for some adventures in the dunes as the 2022 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.