Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 16-19 , 2019 at the fifth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. The festival is a partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education for visitors and residents to the Indiana Dunes region. The event is being organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts.
The four-day festival will include nearly 150 guided field trips and car pool tours to view migrating birds within the dunes area, bird related programs and workshops, live bird of prey talks, and special art instructional presentations for both new bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Evening events include special excursions for night birds, an art exhibition open house, and a family friendly “birds and brews” social event
Registration for priority Indiana Audubon Society members begins February 24, with general early-bird registration beginning March 3. Registration costs for the entire four-day festival run as low as $44 for adults and $32 for youth under 18.
A special Migration Marketplace will occur both Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, and include national and local vendors representing bird related products, including optics, field guides, bird feeding, and bird related arts and crafts. Vendor applications are now being taken at http://www.indunesbirdingfestival.com/
In addition to the festival website, more information can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, just south of the intersection of 49 and US 20 in Porter, Indiana. Interested participants can also contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or the Indiana Audubon Society at 219-928-6905.
In addition to the festival website, more information is available at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, just south of the intersection of S.R. 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter. Interested participants can also call the visitor center’s information desk at (219) 395-1882 or the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center at (219) 926-1390. Or visit each park’s respective website at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2980.htm (state park) or nps.gov/indu (national lakeshore).
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