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Birding in Northwest Indiana

    If you are a Birding Enthusiast, Northwest Indiana is the place to be! Where else do you find a Four Day Birding Festival dedicated to just Birding? From the Indiana Dunes, to the Hammond Indiana Bird Sanctuary to the Kankakee Wildlife Preserve there’s plenty to see and do. There’s also the Weekly Birding Walks at Gibson Woods, Northwest Indiana has you covered!
     There’s also a Sandhill Crane Festival in September in the Fall! You’ll find Lots of birding events not mentioned here, just click here for updated Birding Events!
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White breasted nuthatch for bird watching hammond indiana
White Breasted Nuthatch Bird

     by Carolyn A Marsh, Illiana Birds A White-breasted Nuthatch showed up in the fall of 2016 at the Hammond Bird Sanctuary’s feeder station at the Hammond Marina and never left in Hammond Indiana. It appears to be a new sanctuary resident now as I saw it continuously through February 2017 taking sunflower seeds from feeders.… Continue Reading →

Indiana Dunes state park birding festival e1487092457694Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2020

     Celebrate the migration of bird life through the Indiana Dunes region in May 2020 at the 6th -annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival is a partnership with northwest Indiana’s major environmental groups, highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities. The festival is organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both…


snowy owl e1484773353511Snowy Owl in Northwest Indiana

     by Carolyn Marsh Photo: David Gruver, Whiting Lakefront Park No doubt, many people became aware of the existence of the Snowy Owl from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.  Harry had a companion pet Snowy Owl named Hedwig that made the real owl famous. Last winter I saw the Snowy Owl on the boat launch breakwall… Continue Reading →

brant goose spotted by birders in Hammond IndianaUncommon Brant Goose Visits Hammond Indiana

     by Carolyn A. Marsh Reprinted from the WRite Stuff News Magazine, November 2016 An uncommon Brant Goose was with Canada Geese in the north basin of George Lake in Hammond. Alan Bruner and Rusty McIntyre discovered the goose on Sept 16.  Alan drives up from Marshall, Indiana to bird the lakefront every year or two… Continue Reading →


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Bald Eagle Extends to the Calumet Region

     By Carolyn A. Marsh The proliferation of Bald Eagles in North America has extended its range into the bistate Calumet Region. Eagles are seen flying over Lake Michigan, the bi-state Wolf Lake, Little Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers and wetlands. In February my friend and I saw a congregation of 14 Bald Eagles in a… Continue Reading →

white pelican with great egret birds wolf lake hammond indiana

White Pelican & Great Egret Spotted at Wolf Lake      by Carolyn A. Marsh       
     Rick Catania took the beautiful photograph of an American White Pelican with a Great Egret on October 11, 2018 seen here at Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake. Another pelican joined it, but I saw only one on October 25. There was a lot of drama at Forsythe Park in October. Many… Continue Reading →
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