Sponsors

We have had some very good support from some amazing organizations. Such a large undertaking would not be possible with the help of our sponsors. We have 4 levels of sponsorship that is based on commitment level. To download the sponsorship information in pdf format, click here.

Bald Eagle Level Sponsors

Sponsorships available. click here for more info.

Indiana Audubon Society
Indiana Audubon Society's mission is to stimulate interest in birds and their protection; to serve the needs of youth, civic, church, schools and other groups by providing information concerning birds; and to educate the public concerning the necessity for conserving and preserving Indiana's natural heritage, its unique flora and fauna.
Indiana State Parks
The Indiana Dunes State Park occupies 2,182 acres in Northwest Indiana. It was established in 1925, as Indiana's 5th state park. The rare collection of habitats and associated plants and animals has long been recognized as one of the most biologically rich areas in the country.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
Northwest Indiana Migratory Bird Association, Inc.
NIMBA's mission is too establish and maintain migratory bird habitat and conduct public education for bird migration conservation in Northwest Indiana.
Indiana Dunes Tourism
Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes attracts millions of visitors each year. While best known for its world class beaches, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas offer so much more. World class cuisine, breathtaking scenery, eclectic nightlife and exhilarating biking and hiking await you on your next trip to the Dunes.
Jim and Penny Starin
The Indiana Audubon Society thanks the charitable support provided by Jim and Penny Starin towards this year's silent auction to benefit the IDBF Stewardship Fund
Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program
The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) supports coordination and partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and local organizations for the protection and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in the Lake Michigan region.

Tropical Birding
A level of expertise is not needed to join our trips, but enthusiasm is. Our goal is to have as many people getting as much joy out of birding as possible. Although our guides can hold their own anywhere in the world, you will never feel intimidated by our guides or other clients. They all understand that the trip is about seeing birds and having a great time, not by showing how great we are to others.

Kristina Knowski Arts
As a watercolorist, Kristina specializes in painting extinct bird species. Her style includes detailed, accurate illustrations alongside abstract generalizations of shape and color. While she is known for her extinct bird watercolors, she also paints series of extant (existing) bird species, endangered species, and other creatures. Kristina is our 2018 fine art artist.

Sandhill Crane Level Sponsors

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Steiner Optics
Steiner is the trusted optics for life's defining moments. Steiner offers a full range of binoculars, riflescopes, and other optics in both in-store and online, and around the world.
First State Bank of Porter
Our bank’s philosophy is dedicated to being sensitive to your banking needs - be it Certificates of Deposit, Loans, Checking Accounts or any other services that we can provide for you. Sensitive. That means we listen and care.
Chesterton Feed and Garden Center
We are known for our pleasant and knowledgeable staff. So whether it be landscape plants, lawns, pets, wild bird feeding, water gardening or garden décor, we can offer you solutions and guidance to make your home and garden
Accent Signs & Graphics, Inc.
Accent is an internet based communications firm that specializes in creating custom vehicle signs, magnetic car toppers, yard signs, banners and vinyl kits. They offer the most competitive internet pricing on vinyl graphics, yard signs and banners.
The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) was formally founded on January 18, 2009 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the region's paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region's waterways, education, and to be a link between the region's paddlers.
South Shore Line
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) operates the South Shore Line train with service from Millennium Station in Chicago to the South Bend International Airport in South Bend, IN. NICTD is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the four Indiana counties served by the South Shore Line. The Board welcomes your comments at any time.
NIPSCO
Community support and involvement has always been at the foundation of NIPSCO's more than 100-year history. We contribute approximately $1.5 million annually to a number of local philanthropic programs encompassing education, human services and environmental enhancement projects. 


Red-headed Woodpecker Level Sponsors

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National Audubon- Great Lakes
Audubon is creating a cohesive strategy across the region to address these threats to the birds of the Great Lakes. With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline in Michigan alone, the greatest conservation opportunity is the active restoration and protection of coastal habitats. 
South Bend / Elkhart Audubon Society
The mission of the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society is to promote stewardship of our natural resources with a special emphasis on birds. 
Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a vibrant partnership of volunteers, donors, professionals, business and industry, working together to preserve, protect and restore significant natural areas in northwest Indiana. 
Friends of Indiana Dunes
Our mission is to enhance and foster understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the Indiana Dunes through financial and volunteer support of the state and national parks.
Dunes National Park Association
Dunes National Park Association wishes to help Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore foster a climate of partnering that achieves park goals and relevant community/regional goals.
Porter County Chapter (PCC) of the Izaak Walton League
Founded in 1958 to promote the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Porter County Chapter (PCC) of the Izaak Walton League is a leader in protecting air and water quality and protection of open space. 
St. Joseph County Parks
St. Joseph County Parks will enrich the community and the lives of St. Joseph County residents by conserving and caring for significant natural areas, promoting understanding and stewardship of our unique natural and cultural heritage through innovative programs and services, and enhancing visitor experiences through well-maintained park facilities.
Dunes Learning Center
Inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy and environmental stewardship through hands-on learning in the dunes. 
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Dunes Learning Center consists of an amazing and generous group of people who support the organization with their time, knowledge, talent, experience, and philanthropy.

Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. 
The Nature Conservancy - Indiana
Since 1959, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has helped to protect nearly 100,000 acres of forests, wetlands, prairies, lakes and streams for current and future generations to enjoy. 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
We use science to understand the world, to find new ways to make conservation work, and to involve people who share our passion.


Northern Cardinal Level Sponsors

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Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society
Dunes-Calumet Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society - a world wide environmental organization. DCAS operates in the Indiana Dunes areas of Lake and Porter counties and is the home national chapter for the birding festival.
Potawatomi Audubon Society
Potawatomi Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society We invite you to join with us in exploring the beauty of the natural world in the wonderful diversity of LaPorte County and to open a wider window on the world of nature through National Audubon and links to similar interests. 
The Indiana Young Birders Club
The IYBC is the youth extension of the Indiana Audubon Society and promotes birding activities that are geared toward Indiana's young and fledgling birders.
Mississinewa Audubon Club of Marion
The MAC promotes
Bird watching, wildlife watching, conservation and fellowship in Marion, Indiana and surrounding counties.

MAC club meets 9 months every year. All meetings begin at 6:30pm, downstairs in room "B" in the Marion Public Library. The remaining meeting dates for the 2015 year are as follows: September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, and December 15th. In addition to regular meetings, MAC offers guided field trips to different hot spot birding areas, local and statewide. We also conduct one overnight trip to a special location once a year.
Indiana Parks Alliance
The Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA) is a charitable organization that supports Indiana State Parks and state-owned Nature Preserves, the resources they steward and the people they serve.
We consider ourselves an organization of "doers" who advocate for and promote these public lands and the opportunities they provide. That's why our partners are so important to us. IPA integrates their objectives into one agenda to create a unified network of action for the natural and cultural resources and facilities in our Indiana State Parks and Indiana Nature Preserves.
Orbis Environmental Consulting
Orbis EC is a professionally managed environmental consulting company comprised of experts in field biology, ecology, and archaeology. We provide cultural resource management, botanical, ecological and wildlife surveys, and ensure regulatory compliance to keep your project on time. We also offer training and workshops in plant identification and inventory, wetland delineation, approaches to restoration and mitigation, wildlife management, and archaeology.
Mary Gray Bird Santuary
The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society and is located south of Connersville in Fayette County.
Alice Green Gray gave the initial 264 acre property to the Indiana Audubon Society in 1943 as a living memorial to her daughter Mary, who preceded her in death. Congressman Finley H. Gray willed additional property to the society in 1947, bringing the total to more than 600 acres. Gifts from members have allowed the acquisition of more property so that the Sanctuary now occupies more than 700 acres
The Craft House
Family friendly smoke free bar/restaurant with something for everyone. Craft beers, signature cocktails, healthy option food menu with desserts to share! The home of Birds & Brews.
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
The Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve features 157-acres of wetlands, woodlands, prairies and trails. An abundance of plants (over 500 species!) and animals make their homes in The Preserve. Brick paved walkways, winding boardwalks and miles of granite fine trails invite guests to explore, unwind and enjoy.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.
LaPorte Co. Soil & Water District
We provide leadership, education, and technical assistance to empower LaPorte County residents to conserve and improve our soil, water and related natural resources.
Robert Cooper Audubon Society
The Robert Cooper Audubon Society (RCAS), Inc., is a regional chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving approximately 500 members in East Central Indiana, in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph Counties.
Sycamore Audubon Society
Sycamore Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society - a world wide environmental oganization. SAS's membership consists of National Audubon Society members living in the following counties of NE Indiana. Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.
Comfort Inn & Suites Porter
The Comfort Inn and Suites holds special designation as our 2018 Festival Host Hotel. As one of the closest hotels to the festival, our partnership will offer participants special rates, early bird hot breakfast for those rise and shine birders, as well as the usual free WI-FI, business center, and exercise room. Free cookies in the afternoon for all returning birders!
Wild Birds Unlimited
Birdfeeding is more than a hobby; it's a way to connect with the outdoors and help the natural environment around you. Birds are essential to a healthy eco-system, and birds' population growth, decline and migration are key indicators of nature's balance. Knowing this, we've dedicated ourselves to offering the best bird supplies including bird seed, bird feeders, and hobby accessories. 
New Buffalo Animal Hospital

The New Buffalo Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility dedicated to the care of family pets.  The professional and courteous staff at the New Buffalo Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for your pet.