Category Archives: Birding

Whiting Parks Saves Snowy Owl

by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko Hopefully, “Owl” be Back!        Officer Milford Hale with the WPD found a beautiful Snow Owl in Lakefront Park.  It appeared that its wing had been broken.      Ann Canning of the Park Department said that after many hours of calls, they found a wildlife rescue that was willing to take…

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New Outdoor Adventure Festival at Indiana Dunes

The inaugural Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, will take place October 6-8, 2017 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and several nearby locations. The greater dunes region is packed with outdoor adventure opportunities and the festival will bring together all these activities in one place. With support from Indiana Dunes Tourism, the Indiana Dunes State Park,…

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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…

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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, to the Weekly Birding Walks at Gibson Woods, Northwest Indiana has you covered!…

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Nature Lovers LOVE Springtime!

Washington Park Zoo Opens with New Born Otters On January 31st, 2017 a pair  of otter pups were born at Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Indiana. This is the fourth time in seven years that the Washington Park Zoo has welcomed the birth of River Otters.  Although we are giving the mom plenty of privacy…

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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.…

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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2017

Celebrate the migration of bird life through the Indiana Dunes region from May 4-7, 2017 at the third-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…

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LaPorte Winterfest is Jan 27-29

The annual WinterFest, organized by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department, returns in late January, with many of the events enjoyed over the past years as well a couple new twists to bring a blast of winter fun to town. The events kick off with Ice Sculpture Demonstrations, presented by Downtown La Porte and…

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Taltree Announces Winter Programs!

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ winter/spring program schedule is now online at taltree.org. Programs cover a variety of nature, health and recreation topics and are geared toward adults, children and families. Winter Yoga– Saturdays Jan-March, 8:15-9:15am Winter Tree ID Class- Jan 26 or Feb 11, 10am-12pm Cabela’s Winter Sports Expo – Feb 4, 10am-3pm* Wine &…

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Snowy 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…

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