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Festival Guide May 16-19, 2019

Festival Guide

May 16-19, 2019

Festival Guide May 16-19, 2019

Welcome!

With its rich biodiversity, varying habitats, and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Indiana Dunes are a hotspot for migrant and resident birds. The 5th annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival celebrates the area’s various birding habitats and birding opportunities. Our mission is to positively impact visitors and residents of the Indiana Dunes region through conservation and environmental education.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Birding the Dunes

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Planning your trip

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Schedule at a glance 8 Wednesday 13 Thursday 16 Friday 23 Saturday 30 Sunday 38 Sponsors 46

13 Thursday 16 Friday 23 Saturday 30 Sunday 38 Sponsors 46 Central Ave Beach Festival Lake
Central Ave Beach Festival Lake View Beach Dunbar Beach Kemil Beach Locations Porter Beach 2
Central Ave Beach
Festival
Lake View Beach
Dunbar Beach
Kemil Beach
Locations
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Portage Lakefront
Glenwood
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Dunes Trail
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Festival Headquarters Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

Presentation Location Indiana Dunes State Park Indiana Dunes State Park

Nature Center

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

3 Presentation Location IN Dunes National Lakeshore Paul Douglas Center 100 N. Lake St., Miller

4 Presentation Location

Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk

1000 Riverwalk Dr., Portage

5 Birds and Brews Location The Spa Special Event Center 333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Festival Host Hotel

6 Comfort Inn & Suites

1800 W. US 20, Porter

7 Saturday Keynote Location Sand Creek Country Club

1001 Sand Creek Dr., Chesterton

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Meet our Artist

Meet our Artist Kristina Knowski is a local illustrator and fine artist depicting primarily avifauna and

Kristina Knowski is a local illustrator and fine artist depicting primarily avifauna and is best known for her portfolio of extinct bird species. As a birder herself, Kristina prefers to work from life and spends most of her time sketching and researching species in the field. Since graduating Valedictorian from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Kristina has participated in numerous shows nationwide and has expanded into holding bird drawing and painting workshops to encourage using art to enjoy nature.

Planning Your Trip

REGISTRATION

All registrations include full access to presentations, headliners, evening socials, Migration Marketplace, Youth and Family Birding Day, and free entry to both the Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Field trips, Saturday night keynote, and workshops require an additional fee.

Registration is easy. Simply visit www.indunesbirdingfestival.com before May 9. Priority registration for Indiana Audubon Society members runs February 24 - March 2.

 

Youth

Adult

Feb. 24 to Mar. 2

Indiana Audubon priority 4-day registration

$25

$35

Keynote presentation and dinner

$20

$26

 

Early bird 4-day registration

$32

$44

Mar. 3 to Apr. 6

Single day registration

$15

$25

Keynote presentation and dinner

$20

$26

 

Regular 4-day registration

$37

$49

Apr. 7 to May 9

Single day registration

$20

$26

Keynote presentation and dinner

$25

$35

Youth rates are for individuals 17 and younger. Please contact the birding festival organizers for group rates of 10 or more. Walk-in registrations limited to availability on days of festival.

Refund information is available on the festival website.

CONTACT US

For festival questions via phone, call: (219) 928-6905 Email us at: info@indunesbirdingfestival.com Dunes Birds in Art email: art@indunesbirdingfestival.com facebook.com/indunesbirdingfestival or twitter.com/indunesbirdfest

Find information about hotels, dining, and more on our website:

www.indunesbirdingfestival.com

CONNECT WITH NATURE EXPLORE. GET OUTSIDE! Watch birds, explore trails, and enjoy the natural world

CONNECT

WITH

NATURE

EXPLORE.

GET OUTSIDE!

Watch birds, explore trails, and enjoy the natural world at Nature Conservancy preserves.

and enjoy the natural world at Nature Conservancy preserves. Visit nature.org/indiana Great egret © Em’rynn

Visit nature.org/indiana

Great egret © Em’rynn Artunian/The Nature Conservancy

Thursday, May 16

Time

Program

Description

Location

6am-4pm

Exhibition

Dune Birds in Art

Visitor Center

6-10am

Big Sit

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Presentation

Bird Banding 101

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Boat Tour

Lake Michigan Pelagic on the Emita II

Visitor Center

6am-12pm

Van Tour

Dunes Big Morning!

Visitor Center

6:30-11am

Van Tour

Lake County Wetlands

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

DuPont Natural Area

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Dunes Warbler Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Cowles Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Van Tour

Seidner Dune and Swale Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Dunes Migrants with Rock Jumper Birding

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Van Tour

Dunes Area Shorebird Search

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Heron Rookery Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Beverly Shores Birding Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Reynolds Creek Wetlands and Prairie Tour

Visitor Center

9-11:30am

Car Pool

Carol Cook Overlook and Reynolds Creek

Visitor Center

9-11am

Workshop

Beginning Birding with a Park Ranger

Visitor Center

11:30am-12:30pm

Headliner

Changing Birds of the Chicago Region

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

A US Owl Big Year: 19 Owls

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Dragonflies of the Great Lakes

Douglas Center

1-4pm

Workshop

Shorebird ID Workshop

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

West Beach in the Afternoon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Jaegers of Lake MIchigan

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours

Douglas Center

3-5pm

Workshop

Wine and Waders with Kristina Knowski

Speakeasy at Spa

6-8pm

Social

Young Birders Family Social

Country Inn/Suite

6-9pm

Social

Informal Birders Social at the Speakeasy

Speakeasy at Spa

7:30-9pm

Car Pool

Owl Prowl Tour

Visitor Center

8-9:30pm

Car Pool

Woodcock Dance Tour

Visitor Center

8-9:30pm

Car Pool

Whip-poor-will Wander Tour

Visitor Center

Friday, May 17

Time

Program

Description

Location

6am-4pm

Exhibition

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition

Visitor Center

6-10am

Big Sit

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Presentation

Bird Banding 101

Dunes State Park

6am-12pm

Van Tour

Dunes Big Morning

Visitor Center

6-10am

Van Tour

Michiana Marsh Meander

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Van Tour

Northern Lake County Migrant Traps Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Dunes Warbler Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Van Tour

Pinhook Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Van Tour

Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Cowles Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Walner Nature Preserve Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

DuPont Natural Area Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Dunes Heron Rookery Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Beverly Shores Birding Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Indiana Dunes State Park II Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Reynolds Creek Wetlands and Prairie Tour

Visitor Center

9-11:30am

Car Pool

Coffee Creek Watershed Tour

Visitor Center

9-11:00am

Workshop

Beginning Birding with a Park Ranger

Visitor Center

10am-4pm

Marketplace

The Migration Marketplace

Visitor Center

11:30am-12:30pm

Headliner

In Search of the Cuban Ivory Bill

Visitor Center

1-4pm

Workshop

Spring Warbler ID Workshop

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Raptors Live!

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Digital Darkroom Primer

Douglas Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Cowles Bog 50 Species Birdathon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

West Beach in the Afternoon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Afternoon Shorebird Search

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Why Bird Feeding Makes a Difference

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Saw-whet Owl Banding

Douglas Center

3-5pm

Workshop

Pine Signs Bird Art Workshop

Spa Event Center

4-5pm

Presentation

Bird Brains?

Visitor Center

4-5pm

Presentation

The Kirtland’s Warbler

Douglas Center

6-9pm

Social

Birds and Brews at the Spa Event Center

Spa Event Center

Saturday, May 18

Time

Program

Description

Location

6am-4pm

Exhibition

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition

Visitor Center

6-10am

Big Sit

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Presentation

Bird Banding 101

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Big Sit

Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Boat Tour

Lake Michigan Pelagic on the Emita II

Visitor Center

6am-12pm

Van Tour

Dunes Big Morning

Visitor Center

6-11am

Van Tour

Potato Creek State Park Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Miller Woods and Swale Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Van Trip

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Moraine Nature Preserve Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Little Calumet River Kayak Birding Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Cowles Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Van Tour

Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding

Visitor Center

7:30-11:30am

Car Pool

Pinhook Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11:30am

Car Pool

Eggers Grove and Big Marsh Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Birding by Ear Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Birding with the Dunes Superintendent

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Van Tour

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Birds and Blooms at the Heron Rookery

Visitor Center

8:30-11:30am

Car Pool

Intro Birding Photography Close Up!

Visitor Center

9-11:30am

Car Pool

Coffee Creek Watershed Tour

Visitor Center

9-11am

Workshop

Beginning Birding with a Park Ranger

Visitor Center

9am-4pm

Social

IDBF 2019 Youth and Family Birding Day

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

10am-4pm

Marketplace

Migration Marketplace and Vendor Show

Visitor Center

10am-4pm

Marketplace

Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale

Visitor Center

11:30am-12:30pm

Headliner

Birdfeeding Geek’s Guide to Backyard Birding

Visitor Center

1-4pm

Workshop

Gull ID Workshop with Amar Ayyash

Portage Lakefront

1-2pm

Presentation

Raptors Live!

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Snakes of the Great Lakes

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

1-2pm

Presentation

Native Butterflies & Habitats in the Dunes

Douglas Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Indiana’s Breeding Warblers

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Beekeeping 101

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours

Douglas Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Indiana Dunes State Park in the Afternoon

Visitor Center

2-4:30pm

Car Pool

Afternoon in Beverly Shores

Visitor Center

5:30-9:30pm

Keynote

“Laura’s Best Bird EVER!”

Sand Creek

Sunday, May 19

Time

Program

Description

Location

6am-4pm

Exhibition

Dune Birds in Art Exhibition

Visitor Center

6-10am

Big Sit

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Presentation

Bird Banding 101

Dunes State Park

6-10am

Big Sit

Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit

Dunes State Park

6am-12pm

Van Tour

Dunes Big Morning

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Van Tour

Northern Lake County Migrant Traps Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Cowles Bog Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Van Tour

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding Tour

Visitor Center

6:30-10:30am

Car Pool

Dunes Warbler Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Pinhook Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding

Visitor Center

7-11am

Van Tour

Michiana Marsh Meander

Visitor Center

7-11am

Van Tour

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Tour

Visitor Center

7-11am

Car Pool

Dunes Area Morning Shorebird Search

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Reynolds Creek Grasslands/Wetlands Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Cowles Bog Tour

Visitor Center

7:30-11am

Car Pool

Birding By Ear Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Coffee Creek Watershed Birding Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

West Beach and Long Lake Tour

Visitor Center

8-11:30am

Car Pool

Birds and Blooms at the Heron Rookery

Visitor Center

9-11am

Workshop

Beginning Birding with a Park Ranger

Visitor Center

10am-4pm

Marketplace

Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale

Visitor Center

11:30am-12:30pm

Headliner

Hummingbirds: Our Flying Gems

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Owls Alive!

Visitor Center

1-2pm

Presentation

Amazing Galapagos and Ecuadorian Gems

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Shade Grown Coffee Isn’t Just for the Birds

Visitor Center

2:30-3:30pm

Presentation

Birds in Religion

St. Pk. Nature Cntr

Presentation Birds in Religion St. Pk. Nature Cntr Photos in this year’s festival guide are courtesy

Photos in this year’s festival guide are courtesy of Ryan Sanderson and Shari McCollough. Thanks, Ryan and Shari!

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Schedule 2019

Each day consists of tour options and afternoon sessions at our various festival locations. Events and presentations labeled “FREE” are included with the price of general registration. Additional fees apply for select tours, workshops, and the Saturday night keynote event.

DON’T FORGET The Indiana Dunes are on Central Time!

Please remember that information in this guide is subject to change, and the website has the latest information.

to change, and the website has the latest information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible

to change, and the website has the latest information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible

to change, and the website has the latest information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible

Van tour

Carpool tour

Muddy

conditions

possible

information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program

information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program

information. Van tour Carpool tour Muddy conditions possible Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program

Beginner

birder

friendly

Photography

ops

Live bird

program

Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program Travel time >45 min. Restrooms on site Spotting

Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program Travel time >45 min. Restrooms on site Spotting

Beginner birder friendly Photography ops Live bird program Travel time >45 min. Restrooms on site Spotting

Travel time

>45 min.

Restrooms

on site

Spotting

scope

useful

time >45 min. Restrooms on site Spotting scope useful Box lunch provided Indoor program/ seminar Wednesday,

time >45 min. Restrooms on site Spotting scope useful Box lunch provided Indoor program/ seminar Wednesday,

Box lunch

provided

Indoor

program/

seminar

Wednesday, May 15

Homoya’s Big Day of Birding!

$46/ 6:00am – 4:00pm / Leader: Wes Homoya It’s a birding-blitz van tour with state birding expert Wes Homoya. Wes will navigate you through the best birding locations in the dunes to log as many bird species as possible in a single day. The goal: over 100 species of waterfowl, raptors, warblers, vireos, tanagers, and more! This pre-festival tour will fill fast and is

a good chance to preview what’s to come this weekend.

miss these special pre-festival Don’t trips!
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these
special
pre-festival
Don’t trips!
weekend. miss these special pre-festival Don’t trips! Lincoln Park Birds and Beyond $46/ 6:00am – 4:00pm

Lincoln Park Birds and Beyond

Lincoln Park Birds and Beyond

$46/ 6:00am – 4:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski In the heart of Chicago lies one of the nation’s oldest zoos. Their diverse wildlife collection includes several birds that this van tour will explore behind the scenes with zookeepers from Lincoln Park. After a quick lunch, we’ll explore the nesting night-herons and other migrating birds on the grounds, as well as a stop or two along the way back as time allows.

nesting night-herons and other migrating birds on the grounds, as well as a stop or two

Birds and Bison: Kankakee Sands Behind the Scenes

$46/ 6:30am – 4:00pm / Leader: Matt Beatty The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands is a birder’s and wildflower enthusiast’s paradise. More than 7,000 acres host an amazing array of birds, wildflowers, plants, and animals that fill the prairie. Recent reintroduction of bison is reinvigorating the ecosystems that support Henslow’s and Lark Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhites, and more. TNC ecologist and birding expert Matt Beatty will guide this tour by van. After a box lunch at Fair Oaks Farm, we’ll explore the behind-the-scenes restoration of prairies, wetlands, and bison with the TNC staff. Extra time will be spent exploring the rest of the property and nearby Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area.

property and nearby Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Berrien County Canopy and Island Birding Day
property and nearby Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Berrien County Canopy and Island Birding Day
property and nearby Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Berrien County Canopy and Island Birding Day
property and nearby Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Berrien County Canopy and Island Birding Day

Berrien County Canopy and Island Birding Day

$46/ 6:30am – 4:00pm / Leader: Kip Miller New for 2019, join Michigan birding expert Kip Miller for an adventure to

$46/ 6:30am – 4:00pm / Leader: Kip Miller New for 2019, join Michigan birding expert Kip
$46/ 6:30am – 4:00pm / Leader: Kip Miller New for 2019, join Michigan birding expert Kip

nearby Berrien County, where a series of new trails feature canopy birding for eye-level warblers, orioles, and more. The group will visit the

where a series of new trails feature canopy birding for eye-level warblers, orioles, and more. The
where a series of new trails feature canopy birding for eye-level warblers, orioles, and more. The

new Galien Canopy Tower, the Sarrett Canopy Tower trail, and the new Paw Paw River birding trail which includes a new pedestrian bridge and river overlooks.

A box lunch is included.

The Field Museum Birds Behind the Scenes

$49/ 6:45am – 4:00pm / Leader: Kim Ehn

A limited number of participants will meet at festival headquarters

for a day-long excursion into Chicago to explore a behind-the-scenes look at the birds of the Chicago Field Museum. We’ll explore many extinct species (Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, etc.) and close-up looks at the thousands of bird specimens in the museum’s collection. After a traditional Chicago dog box lunch, we’ll head to nearby Northerly Island for some migrant trap birding. The group will travel to and from Chicago via the South Shore Train at nearby Dunes Park and should return before 4pm. This trip fills every year!

and should return before 4pm. This trip fills every year! 12 | 2019 Indiana Dunes Birding

Wednesday cont.

Dunes Birds in Art Exhibition Opening Reception

FREE/ 6:00 – 8:00pm /Visitor Center Join us at festival headquarters from 6-8pm for the opening reception of the 3rd annual Dunes Birds in Art Exhibition. This exhibit features local and regional artists showcasing native bird species in a diversity of art mediums, including 2D and 3D work. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work during this special reception. The exhibit will be available to view every day of the festival. Live birds of prey from Humane Indiana Wildlife will also be present.

of prey from Humane Indiana Wildlife will also be present. The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco FREE/ 7:00
of prey from Humane Indiana Wildlife will also be present. The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco FREE/ 7:00

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

FREE/ 7:00 – 8:30pm / Visitor Center Say hello to the ordinary, extraordinary junco! Funded by the National Science Foundation and Indiana University, this recent documentary highlights the new research on a common yet amazing group of backyard birds, the juncos! The film will play during the art exhibition opening in the Visitor Center theater.

the art exhibition opening in the Visitor Center theater. Owl Prowl Tour $10 / 7:30 -

Owl Prowl Tour

$10 / 7:30 - 9:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski Finding popular birds of twilight is the goal this evening. Matt will carpool a select group to target the amazing and stealthy world of owls. Based on local observations, we’ll try to find a few species and look at the adaptations they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early.

they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 -
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 -
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 -

Woodcock Sky Dance Tour

$10/ 8:00 - 9:30pm / Leader: Lynea Hinchman The bird with many names! Whether you call it the timberdoodle, bog sucker, Labrador twister, or more simply the Woodcock, its spring dance is a sight to behold. Join us for a short drive to watch the evening curtain rise on this quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early.

quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early. Whip-poor-will Wander Tour $10 / 8:00 - 9:30pm

Whip-poor-will Wander Tour

$10 / 8:00 - 9:30pm / Leader: Libby Keyes If you want to find the most vociferous bird of the dunes, you need not set your alarm early. Meet Libby for a carpool tour to seek out the loud whip-poor-wills of the dune forests. If lucky, we’ll have close looks at this highly territorial forest floor-dweller.

close looks at this highly territorial forest floor-dweller. 14 | 2019 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival INDIANA
close looks at this highly territorial forest floor-dweller. 14 | 2019 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival INDIANA

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Thursday, May 16

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower It’s the 1/4 million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. Registrants will report directly to the Indiana Dunes State Park birding tower (by the Beach West lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day with expert morning flight counter Kyle Witkor. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could fly past. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should also be peaking now. This has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too.

has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /

Bird Banding 101

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower Join experienced bird banders Amy Wilms and Stephanie Beilke for a peek into the secret migration moving along Lake Michigan. Participants will have a chance to tour the mist netting banding site and see bird banding up close and in person (and maybe even help release birds!). Techniques of bird banding will also be discussed. Report directly to the state park viewing tower.

Lake Michigan Pelagic on the Emita II

$39 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Leader: Kip Miller We’ve partnered with Harbor Country Adventures for a large passenger cruise boat, the Emita II. We’ll take a 3-hour cruise with expert birding guides to seek out late migrating waterfowl such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as migrating shorebirds and land birds along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent, with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday.

with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am
with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am
with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am

Dunes Big Morning!

$30 / 6:00am – 12:00pm / Leader: Ryan Sanderson Here is your chance to enjoy the fast-paced birding of a Big Day, but all before lunch! Speed around on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds.

to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Lake County Wetlands Tour
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Lake County Wetlands Tour
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Lake County Wetlands Tour

Lake County Wetlands Tour

$25/ 6:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Matt Kalwasinski Explore the hidden wetland sites of Lake County today. We’ll visit areas that can host large quantities of neo-tropic migrants as well as the 129th Street Marsh to look for shorebirds and other waterbirds. Any remaining time will be spent looking for the resident Monk Parakeet colonies. This tour is led by van and includes a box lunch at the conclusion of the tour.

van and includes a box lunch at the conclusion of the tour. DuPont Natural Area Tour
van and includes a box lunch at the conclusion of the tour. DuPont Natural Area Tour
van and includes a box lunch at the conclusion of the tour. DuPont Natural Area Tour

DuPont Natural Area Tour

$5/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty The DuPont Natural Area is owned by the DuPont Corporation and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It represents a fragment dune and swale habitat of the Great Lakes and is considered globally rare. An assortment of both plants and animals have been found at this normally closed birding hotspot. The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns.

The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 / Thursday
The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 / Thursday

Dunes Warbler Tour

$5 / Thursday 6:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Matt Igleski 36 regularly occurring warblers can be found during a day of birding the dunes. We’ll seek to fill our warbler punch card this morning with as many as possible on this specialty tour, visiting the best spots for warblers during this carpool/ caravan tour.

best spots for warblers during this carpool/ caravan tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 –
best spots for warblers during this carpool/ caravan tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 –

Cowles Bog Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Annie Aguirre

Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Annie Aguirre
Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Annie Aguirre

Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding
Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding

2018 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Bird of the Year - White Tailed Kite

Thursday cont.

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain should remain flat.

Reynold’s Creek Wetland and Prairies Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Mark Welter Reynold’s Creek is a newly created gamebird habitat area just miles from Lake Michigan. The recent restoration of warm season grasses has brought an explosion of grassland birds including Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and Henslow’s Sparrows. Potholes are also being dug for wetland species such as shorebirds and waterfowl. We’ll carpool a short distance to this site, which a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year.$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Mark Welter $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Mark Welter

which a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year. Carol Cook Overlook and Reynolds

Carol Cook Overlook and Reynolds Creek Tour

$5 / 9:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Kim Ehn The Carol Cook Overlook is one of the newest dunes area birding sites, abutting Reynolds Creek. The USDA Wetland Reserve program area features waterfowl, eagles, and many migrating birds. Time will also be spent checking out the nearby Reynolds Creek prairie birds before concluding.

the nearby Reynolds Creek prairie birds before concluding. Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger $5
the nearby Reynolds Creek prairie birds before concluding. Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger $5
the nearby Reynolds Creek prairie birds before concluding. Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger $5
the nearby Reynolds Creek prairie birds before concluding. Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger $5

Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger

$5 / 9:00 – 11:00am / Leader: National Park Service Rangers Are you new to birding or looking for a more relaxed birding opportunity? Take part in these daily morning bird walks with the rangers from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Each morning this tour will meet at the Visitor Center and walk the often-productive nearby grounds and bike trail towards the Indiana Dunes State Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required.

Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Seidner Dune & Swale Tour $25 /
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Seidner Dune & Swale Tour $25 /
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Seidner Dune & Swale Tour $25 /
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Seidner Dune & Swale Tour $25 /

Seidner Dune & Swale Tour

$25 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Sarah Barnes The globally rare dune-and-swale topography and floodplain marsh along the Grand Calumet River can host a variety of birds within this Shirley Heinze Land Trust property. Habitats include black oak savanna, interdunal wetlands, and the nearby riparian corridor. For wildflower lovers, expect to see wild lupine and puccoon in full flower. Egrets, herons, and cormorants are often spotted.

flower. Egrets, herons, and cormorants are often spotted. Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours $5 /
flower. Egrets, herons, and cormorants are often spotted. Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours $5 /

Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As the official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival,

official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, a Rockjumper expert guide will highlight some

a Rockjumper expert guide will highlight some of the best birding in the dunes area and seek out some of the best birds to be found during the festival.

Dunes Area Morning Shorebird Search

$25 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Amy Kearns

Shorebirds and their habitat can vary year to year and week to week. Amy Kearns will take participants to the current shorebird hideouts, with possible visits to several inland flooded fields, wetlands, and shoreline habitats. The trip will use

a van to move from site to site and includes a box lunch afterwards.

move from site to site and includes a box lunch afterwards. Dunes Heron Rookery Tour $5/
move from site to site and includes a box lunch afterwards. Dunes Heron Rookery Tour $5/
move from site to site and includes a box lunch afterwards. Dunes Heron Rookery Tour $5/

Dunes Heron Rookery Tour

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Randy Pals Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland National Park property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow- throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes. The trail may be muddy.

an array of warblers and thrushes. The trail may be muddy. Festival Headliner: Joel Greenberg The
an array of warblers and thrushes. The trail may be muddy. Festival Headliner: Joel Greenberg The
an array of warblers and thrushes. The trail may be muddy. Festival Headliner: Joel Greenberg The
an array of warblers and thrushes. The trail may be muddy. Festival Headliner: Joel Greenberg The

Festival Headliner:

Joel Greenberg

The Changing Birdlife of the Chicago Region

FREE/ 11:30am – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center From forests to prairie, and wetlands to savanna, the 19 counties of the Chicago region offer a wide array of habitats. Because of the central location it’s no wonder this region has hosted roughly 400 species of birds. Joel will explore the changes that have occurred and are still occurring since the first Europeans arrived in 1673. Species once common, now gone, and once rare now an everyday sighting. Don’t miss the ever-popular Joel Greenberg.

sighting. Don’t miss the ever-popular Joel Greenberg. Beverly Shores Tour $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am /

Beverly Shores Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Lynea Hinchman Visit the woodlands and wetlands that make up the Beverly Shores area in pursuit of nesting and migrant species. Your guide, Lynea Hinchman, has birded on six continents, and has birded the Dunes for more than 30 years. Highlight birds may include both Pine and Prairie Warbler, Summer Tanagers, and Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected.

marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. A US Owl Big Year: 19 Owls! FREE/
marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. A US Owl Big Year: 19 Owls! FREE/
marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. A US Owl Big Year: 19 Owls! FREE/

A US Owl Big Year: 19 Owls!

FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm / Visitor Center/ Kevin Cornell As 2017 ended, Kevin Cornell and Allee Forsberg began plotting a new year goal. Allee suggested they call 2018 the Year of the Owl. The goal, to see an owl as their first and last birds of the year, with trips to enjoy owls in between. Kevin raised the bar and suggested, “Why not attempt to see every North American owl species?” And so, the 19 Owls mission was born. Join Kevin for a presentation that chronicles their adventures to complete an owl Big Year.

chronicles their adventures to complete an owl Big Year. 18 | 2019 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

Thursday cont.

Dragonflies of the Great Lakes

FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Loyce Fandrei Dragonflies amaze and inspire us. These insects remove millions of mosquitoes, while hovering and flying in every possible direction. Loyce will share her in-depth knowledge about the different species found in the region and share her amazing photography she’s collected in the pursuit of these most interesting insects.

collected in the pursuit of these most interesting insects. Intro to Shorebird ID Workshop $20/ 1:00

Intro to Shorebird ID Workshop

$20/ 1:00 – 4:00pm / Dunes SP Nature Center/ Presenter: Dr. Ken Brock Ken Brock, a Lake Michigan authority on bird migration, will use images to explore the complex identification of shorebirds. This in-depth workshop will involve indoor time as well as a short, optional car pool tour to study nearby shorebirds in the field afterwards.

tour to study nearby shorebirds in the field afterwards. Indiana Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers $15/
tour to study nearby shorebirds in the field afterwards. Indiana Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers $15/

Indiana Dunes State Park Afternoon Warblers

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: John Lindsey One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour.

covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Wine and Waders with Kristina Knowski $25 /
covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Wine and Waders with Kristina Knowski $25 /
covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Wine and Waders with Kristina Knowski $25 /

Wine and Waders with Kristina Knowski

$25 / 3:00 – 5:00pm / Speakeasy at The Spa Join our official festival artist for a hands-on canvas art workshop. Kristina will walk you through your own festival themed canvas art. The Speakeasy staff will be on hand with an assortment of drink offerings should you wish to partake. Participants report directly to the Speakeasy for this special workshop, which requires advance registration.

this special workshop, which requires advance registration. Jaegers of Lake Michigan FREE / 2:30-3:30pm / Visitor

Jaegers of Lake Michigan

FREE / 2:30-3:30pm / Visitor Center/ Presenter: Matt Beatty The southern point of Lake Michigan is one of the premier locations in the interior of the United States to observe fall jaegers. Matt will highlight the subtle differences in their ID and how the Indiana Dunes area is a jaeger hotspot for those wanting to see these off-shore pelagic species.

for those wanting to see these off-shore pelagic species. Informal Birder’s Social FREE / 6:00 -

Informal Birder’s Social

FREE / 6:00 - 9:00pm / Speakeasy at the Spa It’s an unofficial evening of meeting fellow birders at the newly revamped Speakeasy at the Spa. This facility is re-creating its former prohibition era drinking establishment which Al Capone was rumored to have used. Enjoy some drinks, good fellowship, and free snacks this evening.

some drinks, good fellowship, and free snacks this evening. Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours FREE /

Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours

FREE / 2:30-3:30pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Rockjumper Birding Tours Join Rockjumper Birding Tours for a look at some of the great birding locales and some of the great bird species to be found - whether out on your own or with a professional tour company. Each presentation by Rockjumper will feature a new and unique birding destination.

will feature a new and unique birding destination. Young Birder’s Family Social FREE / 6:00 -

Young Birder’s Family Social

FREE / 6:00 - 8:00pm / Comfort Inn & Suites Porter It’s an unofficial evening of meeting fellow young birders and their families. Join hosts Ben and Lindsay Grossmann for a fun social in the meeting room at our host hotel. We’ll have some pizza and drinks on hand, too!

host hotel. We’ll have some pizza and drinks on hand, too! Owl Prowl Tour $10 /

Owl Prowl Tour

$10 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski Finding popular birds of the twilight
$10 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski Finding popular birds of the twilight

$10 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski Finding popular birds of the twilight is the goal this evening. Matt will carpool a Finding popular birds of the twilight is the goal this evening. Matt will carpool a select group to target the amazing and stealthy world of owls. Based on local observations, we’ll try to find a few species and look at the adaptations they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early.$10 / 7:30 – 9:00pm / Leader: Matt Igleski

we’ll try to find a few species and look at the adaptations they need to survive.
we’ll try to find a few species and look at the adaptations they need to survive.
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 –
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 –
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 –
they need to survive. Limited spots, so register early. Woodcock Sky Dance Tour $10/ 8:00 –

Woodcock Sky Dance Tour

$10/ 8:00 – 9:30pm / Leader: Lynea Hinchman The bird with many names! Whether you call it the timberdoodle, bog sucker, Labrador twister, or more simply the Woodcock, its spring dance is a sight to behold. Join us for a short drive to watch the evening curtain rise on this quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early.

quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early. Whip-poor-will Wander Tour $10 / 8:00 – 9:30pm
quite punctual performer. Limited spots, so register early. Whip-poor-will Wander Tour $10 / 8:00 – 9:30pm

Whip-poor-will Wander Tour

$10 / 8:00 – 9:30pm / Leader: Matt Beatty To find the most vociferous bird of the dunes, you need not set your alarm early. Meet Matt for a carpool tour to seek out the loud whip-poor-wills of the dune forests. If we’re lucky, we’ll have close looks at this highly territorial forest floor- dweller.

looks at this highly territorial forest floor- dweller. West Beach in the Afternoon $15/ 2:00 –
looks at this highly territorial forest floor- dweller. West Beach in the Afternoon $15/ 2:00 –

West Beach in the Afternoon

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Kim Ehn West Beach is a prime example of the contiguous dune ecosystem that stretched from Chicago and up the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline. This National Park site contains open dune grass, oak savanna, and northwoods pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon.

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Matt Igleski Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove at this 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. We’ll see how many species we can log in 2.5 hours of afternoon birding.

This Place is for the Birds! Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore You’re bound to spot a

This Place is for the Birds!

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

This Place is for the Birds! Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore You’re bound to spot a few
This Place is for the Birds! Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore You’re bound to spot a few

You’re bound to spot a few feathered friends amongst the 350 species that visit the 15,000 acres of fens, bogs, marshes, creeks, woodlands, prairies, dunes and beaches at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Plan your day at nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/birdwatching.htm

Friday, May 17

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower It’s the 1/4 million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. Registrants will report directly to the Indiana Dunes State Park birding tower (by the Beach West lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day with expert morning flight counter Kyle Witkor. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could fly past. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should also be peaking now. This has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too.

has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /

Bird Banding 101

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower Join experienced bird banders Amy Wilms and Stephanie Beilke for a peek into the secret migration moving along Lake Michigan. Participants will have a chance to tour the mist netting banding site and see bird banding up close and in person (and maybe even help release birds!). Techniques of bird banding will also be discussed. Participants will report directly to the state park tower.

Participants will report directly to the state park tower. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am –
Participants will report directly to the state park tower. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am –

Dunes Big Morning!

$30 / 6:00am – 12:00pm / Leader: Wes Homoya Here is your chance to enjoy the fast-paced birding of a Big Day, but all before lunch! Speed around on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds.

to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/

Michiana Marsh Meander

$25/ 6:00 – 10:00am / Leader: Cookie Ferguson Two great wetlands in two great states this morning. Cookie Ferguson will guide folks to both Beverly Shores and Galien River County Park for a look at two special wetlands that play host to herons, rails, and bitterns. Galien is also host to a great birding canopy tower. A similar tour last year saw Least Bitterns at both sites in one tour! The tour will be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at the conclusion.

be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at the conclusion. Northern Lake County
be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at the conclusion. Northern Lake County
be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at the conclusion. Northern Lake County

Northern Lake County Migrant Traps Tour

$25/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Matt Kalwasinski The “migrant traps” of Lake County hold high concentrations of birds due to their location among the generally urban zone just outside of Chicago, yet still along the Lake Michigan lakefront. Matt will escort birders by van to explore these hard to find, yet super diverse birding sites. A box lunch is included at the end of the tour.

sites. A box lunch is included at the end of the tour. Dunes Warbler Tour $5

Dunes Warbler Tour

$5 / 6:30-10:30am / Leader: Amy Kearns 36 regularly occurring warblers can be found during a day of birding the dunes. We’ll seek to fill our warbler punch card this morning with as many as possible on this specialty tour, visiting the best spots for warblers during this carpool caravan.

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this specialty tour, visiting the best spots for warblers during this carpool caravan. www.indunesbirdingfestival.com | 23

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Pinhook Bog Tour

$25/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Matt Igleski Pinhook Bog is one of few “true” bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there is also unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we will explore. The site is normally closed to the public, so you’ll want to pre-register for this van tour. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion.

van tour. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion. Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
van tour. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion. Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
van tour. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion. Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
van tour. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion. Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area

Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area Tour

$25/ 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: John Lindsey Many great records have come from Kingsbury. With its 7,000 acres of forest, grasslands, and wetlands, a diversity of birds can be found on this old ordinance property that was deeded to the DNR in 1965. John Lindsey is intimately familiar with the property and will showcase a diversity of breeding and migrant birds. A box lunch will be included with this van tour.

birds. A box lunch will be included with this van tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 /
birds. A box lunch will be included with this van tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 /
birds. A box lunch will be included with this van tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 /
birds. A box lunch will be included with this van tour. Cowles Bog Tour $5 /

Cowles Bog Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Ryan Sanderson Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michael Topp

One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas hosts many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain should remain flat.

Walner Nature Preserve Tour

$25 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Sarah Barnes Our newest tour in partnership with Shirley Heinze Land Trust. The Walner preserve features large wooded tracts with steep ravines along the Little Calumet River. One should expect a good diversity of warblers, thrushes, and other riparian species, similar to the Heron Rookery tour.

other riparian species, similar to the Heron Rookery tour. DuPont Natural Area Tour $5/ 7:30 –
other riparian species, similar to the Heron Rookery tour. DuPont Natural Area Tour $5/ 7:30 –

DuPont Natural Area Tour

$5/ 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Paul Labus The DuPont Natural Area is owned by the DuPont Corporation and managed by The Nature Conservancy. It represents a fragment dune and swale habitat of the Great Lakes and is considered globally rare. An assortment of both plants and animals have been found at this normally closed birding hotspot. The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns.

The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns. Dunes Heron Rookery Tour $5/ 8:00
The site has been known for King Rails and bitterns. Dunes Heron Rookery Tour $5/ 8:00

Dunes Heron Rookery Tour

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Randy Pals Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland National Park property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow-throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots.

as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Beverly Shores Tour $5
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Beverly Shores Tour $5
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Beverly Shores Tour $5
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Beverly Shores Tour $5

Beverly Shores Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Lynea Hinchman Visit the woodlands and wetlands that make up the Beverly Shores complex in pursuit of nesting and migrant species. Your guide, Lynea Hinchman, has birded on six continents and has birded the Dunes for more than 30 years. Highlight birds may include both Pine and Prairie Warbler, Summer Tanagers, and Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected.

marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours Indiana
marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours Indiana
marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected. Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours Indiana

Dunes Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour II

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Kevin Cornell

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour II $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Kevin Cornell
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour II $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Kevin Cornell
Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours Indiana Dunes State Park Tour II $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am
Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours Indiana Dunes State Park Tour II $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am
$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of
$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of
$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, an expert guide from Rock Jumper will highlight some of the best birding in the dunes area and seek out some of the best birds to be found during the festival.

One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain should remain flat.

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Reynolds Creek Wetland and Prairies Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Mark Welter Reynolds Creek is a newly created gamebird habitat area just miles from Lake Michigan. The recent restoration of warm season grasses has brought an explosion of grassland birds, including Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and Henslow’s Sparrows. Potholes are also being dug for wetland species such as shorebirds and waterfowl. We’ll carpool

a short distance to this site, which a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year.

which a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour
which a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour

$5 / 9:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Coffee Creek Staff This one-of-a-kind, mixed-development features over 150 acres of

one-of-a-kind, mixed-development features over 150 acres of forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. The open meadows

forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. The open meadows and prairies have become home to high numbers of breeding tree swallows and bluebirds. This hidden gem is just

a few short miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for close-up looks for beginning birders and photographers.

Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger

$5 / 9:00 – 11:00am / Leader: National Park Service Rangers Are you new to birding, or looking for a more relaxed birding opportunity? Take part in these daily morning bird walks with the rangers from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Each morning tour will meet at the Visitor Center and walk the often-productive nearby grounds and bike trail towards the Indiana Dunes State Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required.

Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ Friday 10:00am –
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ Friday 10:00am –

The Migration Marketplace

FREE/ Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Held Friday and Saturday in the big tent outside the festival headquarters, the Migration Marketplace is your one-stop-shop for birding related gear, artwork, and more. You’ll find optics vendors, artwork, bird feeding specialists, and state and regional conservation organizations all on hand to answer your questions or provide you with the latest in birding equipment. Check it out!

you with the latest in birding equipment. Check it out! Festival Headliner: Tim Gallagher In Search

Festival Headliner:

Tim Gallagher

In Search of the Cuban Ivory-bill

FREE/ 11:30am – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center Tim Gallagher is an award-winning author, wildlife photographer, and the current editor-in-chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hear about his exciting mission through the mountains of eastern Cuba in search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Found only in the southern U.S. and Cuba, its numbers plummeted in the late 19th century, and many fear

it

is now extinct. Tim has never given up on the bird, and for the

now extinct. Tim has never given up on the bird, and for the first time, he’ll

first time, he’ll recount his adventures and share pictures of his journey.

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An Introduction to Spring Warbler ID Workshop

$20/ 1:00 – 4:00pm / Dunes SP Nature Center/ Presenter: Michael Topp With 36 regular species, each with its own amazing color pattern and complex song, warblers are a popular group of birds, but also a difficult family to learn. State expert Michael Topp will highlight the intricacies of warbler ID and help you begin to identify the warblers coming through the dunes right now.

to identify the warblers coming through the dunes right now. Raptors Live! FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm
to identify the warblers coming through the dunes right now. Raptors Live! FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm

Raptors Live!

FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close-up look at live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will discuss the many hawks, falcons, and even eagles that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds.

the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Digital Darkroom Primer: 5 Easy Techniques to
the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Digital Darkroom Primer: 5 Easy Techniques to

Digital Darkroom Primer: 5 Easy Techniques to Improve your Bird Photos

FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: John Lindsey All digital birding images can be improved greatly in post-processing with photo-editing software. Join John for this short primer that covers shooting in RAW vs JPEG, digital photo editing software types, and learn a few techniques that will help you improve your latest bird images with photo editing software.

improve your latest bird images with photo editing software. Cowles Bog 50 Species Birdathon $15/ 2:00

Cowles Bog 50 Species Birdathon

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Annie Aguirre Annie will race to find 50 species in 90 minutes at Cowles Bog this afternoon. Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property.

Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. West Beach in the Afternoon $15/ 2:00 –
Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. West Beach in the Afternoon $15/ 2:00 –

West Beach in the Afternoon

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Kim Ehn West Beach is a prime example of the contiguous dune ecosystem that stretched from Chicago and up the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline. This National Park site contains open dune grass, oak savanna, and northwoods pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon.

pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Afternoon Shorebird Search $15/ 2:00 –
pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Afternoon Shorebird Search $15/ 2:00 –
pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Afternoon Shorebird Search $15/ 2:00 –
pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Afternoon Shorebird Search $15/ 2:00 –
pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Afternoon Shorebird Search $15/ 2:00 –

Afternoon Shorebird Search

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Amy Kearns Shorebirds and their habitat can vary year to year and week to week. Amy Kearns will take participants to the current shorebird hideouts, with possible visits to several inland flooded fields, wetlands, and shoreline habitat.

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Why Bird Feeding Makes a Difference

FREE/ 2:30 – 3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Brian Cunningham Anyone who has ever fed wild birds knows that it can bring joy to their lives. But, does bird feeding just benefit people? Do the birds become dependent on the food we provide? Join expert Brian Cunningham from Wild Birds Unlimited for a look at one of the country’s most popular pasttimes.

for a look at one of the country’s most popular pasttimes. Saw-whet Owl Banding along Lake
for a look at one of the country’s most popular pasttimes. Saw-whet Owl Banding along Lake

Saw-whet Owl Banding along Lake Michigan

FREE / 2:30 – 3:30pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Libby Keyes The highly sought after and secretive saw-whet owl stages a secret invasion into the lower Great Lakes and southward each fall. Though few are recorded each year, banding in the Indiana Dunes and other locations is changing what we know about this mysterious species. Learn more about this project and what we’re learning.

Pine Signs Bird Art Workshop with Katy Rizer

$40/ 3:00 – 5:00pm / The Spa Speakeasy/ Presenter: Katy Rizer Join Sister Pine Signs for a fun, special workshop to create your own decorative bird themed sign with the guidance of Katy Rizer. Each participant will leave with a 12”x12” sign, and the option to enjoy drinks during the process.

sign, and the option to enjoy drinks during the process. Bird Brains? New Research into Fascinating

Bird Brains? New Research into Fascinating Avian Intelligence

FREE / 4:00 – 5:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Emma England Emma England will present new studies illustrating the incredible mental capabilities of birds. Using photos, film clips, and information from scientific reports and recently published books, Emma will provide examples of the amazing abilities of parrots, crows, and other birds. The skillful use of tools among some bird species and the creativity exhibited by other species in puzzle solving will be discussed.

by other species in puzzle solving will be discussed. The Kirtland’s Warbler: Back from the Brink

The Kirtland’s Warbler: Back from the Brink

FREE / 4:00 – 5:00pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Bill Rapai Four decades ago, the Kirtland’s Warbler was on the edge of extinction. Today, it’s being removed from the Endangered Species List. Join Bill Rapai, chair of the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance, for an update on the warbler’s recovery and plans to keep the population healthy well into the future through a new model of endangered species conservation.

through a new model of endangered species conservation. Birds and Brews & 5th Annual Bird Calling

Birds and Brews & 5th Annual Bird Calling Competition!

FREE / 6:00pm / The Spa Special Event Center It’s our official birders social event! Join other participants for a night of great food, drinks, trivia, prizes, and more. Try our special bird fest beer and cider or meet a new birder from around the Great Lakes region. Tonight, we will also feature the annual bird calling competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes!

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competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019
competition after 7pm. Bring your best call for hundreds of dollars in prizes! 28 | 2019

Saturday, May 18

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower It’s the 1/4 million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. Registrants will report directly to the Indiana Dunes State Park birding tower (by the Beach West lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day with expert morning flight counter Kyle Witkor. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could fly past. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should also be peaking now. This has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too.

has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /

Bird Banding 101

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower Join experienced bird banders Amy Wilms and Stephanie Beilke for a peek into the secret migration moving along Lake Michigan. Participants will have a chance to tour the mist netting banding site and see bird banding up close and in person (and maybe even help release birds!). Techniques of bird banding will also be discussed. Participants will report directly to the state park tower.

Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit

FREE / 6:00 – 10:00am / State Park Wilson Shelter One of the best big sit sites in the dunes, no matter the weather, the Wilson Shelter and nearby wetland boardwalk and woodlands host a great variety of birds. From migrating raptors, water’s edge warblers (including Prothonotary), and secretive marsh birds, one never knows what might appear here. Register to join Illinois hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching.

hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Lake Michigan Pelagic on the
hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Lake Michigan Pelagic on the
hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Lake Michigan Pelagic on the

Lake Michigan Pelagic on the Emita II

$39 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Leader: Ryan Sanderson We’ve partnered with Harbor Country Adventures for a large passenger cruise boat, the Emita II. We’ll take a 3-hour cruise with expert birding guides to seek out late migrating waterfowl such as Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Loons, as well as migrating shorebirds and land birds along the dune beaches. This tour is weather dependent, with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday.

with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am
with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am
with rain dates being offered on both Friday and Sunday. Dunes Big Morning! $30 / 6:00am

Dunes Big Morning!

$30 / 6:00am – 12:00pm / Leader: Wes Homoya Here is your chance to enjoy the fast-paced birding of a Big Day, but all before lunch! Speed around on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds.

to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Potato Creek State Park
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Potato Creek State Park
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Potato Creek State Park

Potato Creek State Park Tour

$25/ 6:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Lindsay Grossmann The forests, prairies, and wetlands at Potato Creek are a six-square-mile

6:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Lindsay Grossmann The forests, prairies, and wetlands at Potato Creek are
6:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Lindsay Grossmann The forests, prairies, and wetlands at Potato Creek are

birding oasis in the snow belt shadowing Lake Michigan. The park is known for waterfowl and its density of nesting Osprey. This van tour will seek out migrants and includes a box lunch upon return.

waterfowl and its density of nesting Osprey. This van tour will seek out migrants and includes
waterfowl and its density of nesting Osprey. This van tour will seek out migrants and includes

Miller Woods and Swale

$5 / 6:30-10:30am / Leader: Michael Topp The forested dune and swale in the Miller area sit at a unique location, right on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods and Douglas Center are a prime spot for migrating warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, and more. This is a unique tour with a guide who is well versed with this birding hotspot.

with a guide who is well versed with this birding hotspot. Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding $25/
with a guide who is well versed with this birding hotspot. Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding $25/
with a guide who is well versed with this birding hotspot. Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding $25/

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding

$25/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Barb Lucas The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands is a birder’s and wildflower enthusiast’s paradise. The more than 7,000 acres hosts an amazing array of birds, wildflowers, plants, and animals that fills the prairie with song and sights to behold. Recent reintroduction of bison is rebuilding the natural ecosystems that support Henslow’s and Lark Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhites, and more. This van tour will seek out the best prairie birding that this site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return.

site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Moraine Nature Preserve Tour $5/
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Moraine Nature Preserve Tour $5/
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Moraine Nature Preserve Tour $5/
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Moraine Nature Preserve Tour $5/

Moraine Nature Preserve Tour

$5/ 6:30-10:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty The Moraine Nature Preserve is an 800-acre rolling, forested landscape located just south of the dunes in what is called the Valparaiso Moraine. This preserve is some of the highest elevation for landing migrants. This preserve, marked with ravines and shallow wetlands, is an excellent spring birding destination.

wetlands, is an excellent spring birding destination. Little Calumet River Kayak Birding Tour $20/ 7:00 –
wetlands, is an excellent spring birding destination. Little Calumet River Kayak Birding Tour $20/ 7:00 –

Little Calumet River Kayak Birding Tour

$20/ 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Libby Keyes and NWIPA Explore an unspoiled section of the beautiful Little Calumet River just south of the dunes via kayak. We’ll provide the kayaks, and you’ll slow paddle the serene waters towards Lake Michigan in search of waterbirds and migrant songbirds feeding along the river’s edge. It’s one of the best spots in the region for Yellow- throated and Prothonotary Warblers. Beginners welcome! Trip sponsorship courtesy of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association.

courtesy of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am /
courtesy of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association. Cowles Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 – 11:00am /

Cowles Bog Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Aidan Rominger Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour $25/
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour $25/
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour $25/
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour $25/

Bendix Woods Nature Preserve Tour

$25/ 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Evie Kirkwood Bendix Woods is home to over 150 acres of woods, ponds, and fields. A state dedicated nature preserve is contained within its borders. Bendix Woods can be a great location for migrating warblers, vireos, and thrushes during the spring. Participants will be guided by van with Evie Kirkwood, director of St. Joseph County Parks. A box lunch will be provided afterwards.

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director of St. Joseph County Parks. A box lunch will be provided afterwards. www.indunesbirdingfestival.com | 31
director of St. Joseph County Parks. A box lunch will be provided afterwards. www.indunesbirdingfestival.com | 31

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Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, Rockjumper expert guides will highlight some of the best birding in the dunes area and seek out some of the best birds to be found during the festival.

out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Pinhook Bog Tour $5/
out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Pinhook Bog Tour $5/
out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Pinhook Bog Tour $5/

Pinhook Bog Tour

$5/ 7:30- 11:30am / Leader: Matt Igleski Pinhook Bog is one of few “true” bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there is also unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we’ll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you’ll want to pre-register for this car pool tour. Join us Friday for the van version of this tour.

pool tour. Join us Friday for the van version of this tour. Eggers Grove and Big
pool tour. Join us Friday for the van version of this tour. Eggers Grove and Big

Eggers Grove and Big Marsh Tour

$5 / 8:00am – 11:30am / Leader: Walter Marcisz & Nat Miller The Cook County Forest Preserves and The Field Museum have done active restoration to restore Eggers Grove as a unique habitat, combining dry, wooded ridges where spring wildflowers thrive with long, narrow wetlands filled with sedges, marsh grasses, emergent forbs and waterfowl. The varied woodland and wetland landscape attract spring and fall migrations of waterfowl and songbirds. Expect an assortment of total species. This trip may involve toll road fees.

of total species. This trip may involve toll road fees. Birding by Ear Tour $5 /
of total species. This trip may involve toll road fees. Birding by Ear Tour $5 /
of total species. This trip may involve toll road fees. Birding by Ear Tour $5 /

Birding by Ear Tour

$5 / 7:30am – 11:00am / Leader: Annie Aguirre Just as important as identifying birds by sight is identifying them by their sound! Audio birding expert Annie Aguirre will guide folks to identify birds by the songs and calls they make. We’ll carpool to the nearby Dunes State Park to practice our mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour.

mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Birding with the NPS Superintendent $5/ 8:00
mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Birding with the NPS Superintendent $5/ 8:00
mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Birding with the NPS Superintendent $5/ 8:00
mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Birding with the NPS Superintendent $5/ 8:00
mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Birding with the NPS Superintendent $5/ 8:00

Birding with the NPS Superintendent

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Paul Labovitz & John Lindsey Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent and birder Paul Labovitz invites fellow birders to explore his favorite birding area in the dunes. A short carpool will go to Cowles Bog for a few hours of leisure birding while learning about this amazing 15,000+ acre National Park that Paul oversees. This trip will fill fast.

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Nick Kiehl

Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Nick Kiehl
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Nick Kiehl
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Nick Kiehl
Indiana Dunes State Park Tour $5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Nick Kiehl

One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain should remain flat.

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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve Tour

$25 / Saturday 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Loyce Fandrei Gibson Woods preserves the special dune and swale habitat in Northern Lake County, just a few miles from Lake Michigan. The associated nature preserve and center plays host to a large diversity of birds, as well as serving as a shelter for migrating warblers given its location near some of the more industrialized areas of the region. This carpool tour will have small toll road fees.

region. This carpool tour will have small toll road fees. Birds and Blooms in the Heron
region. This carpool tour will have small toll road fees. Birds and Blooms in the Heron

Birds and Blooms in the Heron Rookery Tour

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Scott Namestnik Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this National Park property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow-throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots.

as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Intro to Birding Photography
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Intro to Birding Photography
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Intro to Birding Photography
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Intro to Birding Photography

Intro to Birding Photography Close-up!

$5 / 8:30 – 11:30am / Leader: Rafi Wilkinson Local photography expert Rafi Wilkinson will provide a discussion of basic camera settings followed by a photo session with the live birds at the Humane Indiana Wildlife’s wildlife rehab center. Participants will carpool to Humane Indiana Wildlife for some photography time with these amazing birds up close.

for some photography time with these amazing birds up close. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour $5
for some photography time with these amazing birds up close. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour $5
for some photography time with these amazing birds up close. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour $5

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour

$5 / 9:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Coffee Creek Staff This one-of-a-kind, mixed-development features 150 acres of forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. Open meadows and prairies are home to high numbers of breeding tree swallows and bluebirds. This hidden gem is just a few short miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for beginning birders and photographers.

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miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for beginning birders and photographers. www.indunesbirdingfestival.com | 33
miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for beginning birders and photographers. www.indunesbirdingfestival.com | 33

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Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger

$5 / 9:00 – 11:00am / Leader: National Park Service Rangers Are you new to birding, or looking for a more relaxed birding opportunity? Take part in these daily morning bird walks with the rangers from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Each morning tour will meet at the Visitor Center and walk the often-productive nearby grounds and bike trail towards the Indiana Dunes State Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required.

Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. 2019 Youth and Family Birding Day! FREE/
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. 2019 Youth and Family Birding Day! FREE/

2019 Youth and Family Birding Day!

FREE/ 9:00am – 4:00pm / State Park Nature Center Join us for a full day of birding activities, including free beginner hikes every hour, photo ID quiz giveaways, bird games, bluebird house building, scout birding merit badge activities, and more! Watch songbird and hummingbird banding as well. All activities take place at the State Park Nature Center and include special presentations throughout the day. All activities are free, whether you’re registered for the festival or not and also include a free welcome bag of goodies just for coming! Events are rain or shine.

bag of goodies just for coming! Events are rain or shine. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ 10:00am
bag of goodies just for coming! Events are rain or shine. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ 10:00am
bag of goodies just for coming! Events are rain or shine. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ 10:00am
bag of goodies just for coming! Events are rain or shine. The Migration Marketplace FREE/ 10:00am

The Migration Marketplace

FREE/ 10:00am – 4:00pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Held Friday and Saturday in the big tent outside the festival headquarters, the Migration Marketplace is your one-stop-shop for birding related gear, artwork, and more. You’ll find optics vendors, artwork, bird feeding specialists, and state and regional conservation organizations all on hand to answer your questions or provide you with the latest in birding equipment. Check it out!

you with the latest in birding equipment. Check it out! Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale

Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale

FREE/ 10:00am – 4:00pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center What better way to help the birds than with native planting! Audubon Great Lakes and the local Audubon chapters will host this special native plant sale on both Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds. Some of the plants that will be on hand, include royal catchfly, milkweed, wild columbine, and black-eyed Susan. Also, be sure to visit the native plant sale booth for mini-workshops. Audubon will have plant-experts to help you find the best native plants for your garden.

Festival Headliner:

Jim Carpenter

A Bird Feeding Geek’s Guide to Backyard Birding

FREE/ 11:30am – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center Jim Carpenter, Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, shares his 40 years of experience attracting and enjoying the birds that share our backyards. Jim will share tips on foods and feeders, habitats for birds, problem solving solutions for squirrels/raccoons and more and fun facts about our avian visitors.

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and more and fun facts about our avian visitors. 34 | 2019 Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

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Intro to Gull ID Workshop

$20/ 1:00 – 4:00pm / Portage Lakefront Park Pavilion/ Presenter: Amar Ayyash Amar is hands down the leading expert in gull ID in not only the Great Lakes, but the country. Join him for a look at the finer points to this often overlooked, yet fascinating, group of birds that frequent Lake Michigan and every parking lot in between. The workshop will span three hours and take place at the beautiful lakefront pavilion site, where some time can be spent watching gulls nearby as well.

where some time can be spent watching gulls nearby as well. Raptors Live! FREE/ 1:00 –

Raptors Live!

FREE/ 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close-up look at live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will discuss the many hawks, falcons, and even eagles that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds.

the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Snakes of the Great Lakes FREE /
the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Snakes of the Great Lakes FREE /
the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Snakes of the Great Lakes FREE /

Snakes of the Great Lakes

FREE / 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes SP Nature Center/ Presenter: Brock Struecker Brock Struecker is a foremost expert in snakes, turtles, and other herps in the Midwest. Take a look at some of the snakes that can be found in the varied habitats in both the Indiana Dunes and around the Great Lakes.

in both the Indiana Dunes and around the Great Lakes. Native Butterflies and their Habitats in

Native Butterflies and their Habitats in the Dunes

FREE / 1:00 – 2:00pm / Douglas Center/ Presenter: Victoria Wittig Learn about the native butterflies of Lake Michigan, including the key characteristics to aid in their identification. Victoria will also explore the plants to include in your garden to support their life cycle and the habitats they depend on.

to support their life cycle and the habitats they depend on. Indiana’s Breeding Warblers: How and

Indiana’s Breeding Warblers: How and Where to Find Them

FREE / 2:30 – 3:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center/ Presenter: David Rupp Once the migrant warblers have passed through our area, there are still 18 warbler species that remain to nest in Indiana. IndiGo Birding Nature Tours guide David Rupp will highlight some of his favorite places to find these beauties, while also giving some tips on behavior, habitat preference, and vocalizations that will increase your chances of finding them this summer.

that will increase your chances of finding them this summer. Beekeeping 101 FREE / 2:30 –

Beekeeping 101

FREE / 2:30 – 3:30pm / Dunes SP Nature Center/ Presenter: Annette Hansen Annette Hansen will share her knowledge of beekeeping. Hansen has been a 4-H leader for nearly 10 years and has kept bees with those young folks in Porter County for about half that time. She will also give some details of native pollinators and how you can get started in beekeeping, whether young or old!

how you can get started in beekeeping, whether young or old! Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours

Worldwide Birding with Rockjumper Tours

FREE / 2:30 – 3:30pm / Douglas Center / Presenter: Rockjumper Birding Tours Join Rockjumper Birding Tours for a look at some of the great birding locales and species to be found - whether out on your own or with a professional tour company. Each presentation by Rockjumper will feature a new and unique birding destination.

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Indiana Dunes State Park in the Afternoon

$15/ 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Amy Kearns One of the premier birding sites during the festival! The Dunes State Park is simply great migrant birding. An assortment of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and more can be found here. The Wilson Boardwalk area also plays host to Prothonotary Warblers and the back-dune savannas host many Red-headed Woodpeckers. The terrain covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour.

covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Afternoon in Beverly Shores $15 / 2:00 –
covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Afternoon in Beverly Shores $15 / 2:00 –
covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Afternoon in Beverly Shores $15 / 2:00 –
covered should remain flat during this afternoon tour. Afternoon in Beverly Shores $15 / 2:00 –

Afternoon in Beverly Shores

$15 / 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Kevin Cornell Visit the woodlands and wetlands that make up the Beverly Shores

Shores $15 / 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Kevin Cornell Visit the woodlands and wetlands that
Shores $15 / 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Kevin Cornell Visit the woodlands and wetlands that

complex in pursuit of both nesting and migrant species. Highlight birds may include both Pine and Prairie Warbler, Summer Tanagers, and Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be expected.

and Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be
and Sandhill Cranes down near the wetlands. Other woodland, marsh, wetland, and waterfowl species can be

Cowles Bog in the Afternoon

$15 / 2:00 – 4:30pm / Leader: Matt Beatty Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Festival Keynote: Laura Erickson Laura’s Best
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Festival Keynote: Laura Erickson Laura’s Best
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Festival Keynote: Laura Erickson Laura’s Best
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Festival Keynote: Laura Erickson Laura’s Best

Festival Keynote:

Laura Erickson

Laura’s Best Bird EVER!

5:30 – 9:30pm / Sand Creek Country Club Have you ever had such a perfect look at a bird, or watched it in such perfect circumstances, that you thought it had to be the best bird ever? Laura Erickson has found herself saying exactly that on many occasions, from special glimpses at abundant chickadees to her one and only glimpse at one of the rarest birds on the planet, the Horned Guan. Some of the birds she’s seen in her travels to four continents made the grade, but so did some of the special individuals she’s seen in her own backyard. Sometimes looking for the best bird ever can open our minds and hearts to much, much more. Add the festival keynote dinner, presentation, and silent auction to your registration for $26.

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Sunday, May 19

Dunes Longshore Flight Count

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower It’s the 1/4 million bird seasonal survey, one of the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes. Registrants will report directly each morning to the Indiana Dunes State Park birding tower (by the Beach West lot) for the morning migration of thousands of birds per day with expert morning flight counter, Kyle Witkor. In conducive south winds, an assortment of migrants could fly past. Blue Jays, waxwings, warblers, orioles, and tanagers should also be peaking now. This has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too.

has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /
has been a one-stop-shop for annual rarities to fly by, too. Bird Banding 101 $5 /

Bird Banding 101

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / Dunes State Park Longshore Tower Join experienced bird banders Amy Wilms and Stephanie Beilke for a peek into the secret migration moving along Lake Michigan. Participants will have a chance to tour the mist netting banding site and see bird banding up close and in person (and maybe even help release birds!). Techniques of bird banding will also be discussed. Participants will report directly to the state park tower.

Participants will report directly to the state park tower. Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit $5
Participants will report directly to the state park tower. Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit $5

Adam Sell’s Wilson Boardwalk Big Sit

$5 / 6:00 – 10:00am / State Park Wilson Shelter Arguably one of the best big sit sites in the dunes, no matter the weather, the Wilson Shelter and nearby wetland boardwalk and woodlands host a great variety of birds. From migrating raptors, water’s edge warblers (including Prothonotary), and secretive marsh birds, one never knows what might appear here. Register to join Illinois hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching.

hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Dunes Big Morning! $30 /
hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Dunes Big Morning! $30 /
hawk watch expert Adam Sell for a morning of bird watching. Dunes Big Morning! $30 /

Dunes Big Morning!

$30 / 6:00am – 12:00pm / Leader: Nick Kiehl Here is your chance to enjoy the fast-paced birding of a Big Day, but all before lunch! Speed around on a fast and furious morning to rack up a morning goal of 100 species. Our van guides will choose the best route for a variety of migrating birds each day. A box lunch is offered at the conclusion of the tour. This morning adventure is great for festival returnees and those looking to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds.

to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Northern Lake County Migrant
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Northern Lake County Migrant
to rack up a big list of dunes migrants and breeding birds. Northern Lake County Migrant

Northern Lake County Migrant Traps Tour

$25/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Matt Kalwasinski The “migrant traps” of Lake County hold high concentrations of birds due to their location among the generally urban zone just outside of Chicago, yet still along the Lake Michigan lakefront. Matt will escort birders by van to explore these hard to find, yet super diverse birding sites. A box lunch will be included at the conclusion of the tour.

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A box lunch will be included at the conclusion of the tour. 38 | 2019 Indiana
A box lunch will be included at the conclusion of the tour. 38 | 2019 Indiana

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Cowles Bog Tour

$5 / 6:30-10:30am / Leader: Aidan Rominger Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding $25/ 6:30
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding $25/ 6:30

Kankakee Sands Prairie Birding

$25/ 6:30 – 10:30am / Leader: Barb Lucas The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands is a birder’s and wildflower enthusiast’s paradise. The more than 7,000 acres hosts an amazing array of birds, wildflowers, plants, and animals that fills the prairie with song and sights to behold. Recent reintroduction of bison is helping restore the natural ecosystems that support Henslow’s and Lark Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhites, and more. This van tour will seek out the best prairie birding that this site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return.

site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 /
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 /
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 /
site offers and will follow with a box lunch upon return. Dunes Warbler Tour $5 /

Dunes Warbler Tour

$5 / 6:30-10:30am / Leader: Matt Igleski 36 regularly occurring warblers can be found during a day of birding the dunes. We’ll seek to fill our warbler punch card this morning with as many as possible on this specialty tour, visiting the best spots for warblers during this carpool caravan tour.

best spots for warblers during this carpool caravan tour. Pinhook Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 –
best spots for warblers during this carpool caravan tour. Pinhook Bog Tour $5 / 7:00 –

Pinhook Bog Tour

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Kim Ehn Pinhook Bog is one of few “true” bogs in the southern Great Lakes. Among the tamarack, blueberries, and insectivorous plants there is also unique birding. This site has both upland forests as well as the lowland floating bog mat that we’ll be able to explore. This area is normally closed to the public, so you’ll want to pre-register for this carpool tour.

so you’ll want to pre-register for this carpool tour. Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours $5
so you’ll want to pre-register for this carpool tour. Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours $5

Dune Migrants with Rockjumper Birding Tours

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Rockjumper Birding Tours As official tour company of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, a Rockjumper expert guide will highlight some of the best birding in the dunes area and seek out some of the best birds to be found during the festival.

out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/
out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/
out some of the best birds to be found during the festival. Michiana Marsh Meander $25/

Michiana Marsh Meander

$25/ 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Cookie Ferguson Two great wetlands in two great states this morning. Cookie Ferguson will guide folks to both Beverly Shores and Galien River County Park for a look at two special wetlands that play host to herons, rails, and bitterns. Galien is also host to a great birding canopy tower. A similar tour last year saw Least Bitterns at both sites in one tour! The tour will be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at the conclusion.

one tour! The tour will be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at
one tour! The tour will be led by van, and a box lunch is offered at

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Spicer Lake Nature Preserve Tour

$25/ 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Michaele Klingerman Wetlands, woodlands, and fields welcome birders to this 300-acre nature preserve near the Indiana/Michigan state line just east of the dunes. Staff from St. Joseph County Parks will take folks to this unique birding location where an assortment of neo-tropic migrants can be expected. The tour includes a box lunch afterwards.

West Beach and Long Lake Tour

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty West Beach is a prime example of the contiguous dune ecosystem that stretched from Chicago and up the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline. This National Park site contains open dune grass, oak savanna, and northwoods pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon.$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty $5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty $5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty $5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Matt Beatty

pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Birds and Blooms in the Heron
pineries. We’ll visit as much as we can this afternoon. Birds and Blooms in the Heron

Birds and Blooms in the Heron Rookery Tour

this afternoon. Birds and Blooms in the Heron Rookery Tour $5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader:
this afternoon. Birds and Blooms in the Heron Rookery Tour $5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader:

$5/ 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Scott Namestnik Named for the Great Blue Herons that formerly nested at this inland National Park property, the Heron Rookery is well known for its outstanding display of spring wildflowers. It is also an excellent place to find uncommon migrating songbirds such as Winter Wren and Yellow- throated Warbler, but also deep woods specialties such as Pileated Woodpecker and Barred Owl. Expect an array of warblers and thrushes as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots.

as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Dune Area Morning Shorebird
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Dune Area Morning Shorebird
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Dune Area Morning Shorebird
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Dune Area Morning Shorebird
as well. The trail is level but may be muddy in spots. Dune Area Morning Shorebird

Dune Area Morning Shorebird Search

$5 / 7:00 – 11:00am / Leader: Ryan Sanderson Shorebirds and their habitat can vary year to year and week to week. Ryan will take participants to the current shorebird hideouts, with possible visits to several inland flooded fields, wetlands, and shoreline habitat. The trip will use a van to move from site to site and include a box lunch afterwards.

move from site to site and include a box lunch afterwards. Reynold’s Creek Grassland/Wetland Tour $5
move from site to site and include a box lunch afterwards. Reynold’s Creek Grassland/Wetland Tour $5

Reynold’s Creek Grassland/Wetland Tour

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Amy Kearns Reynold’s Creek is a newly created gamebird habitat area just miles from Lake Michigan. The recent restoration of warm season grasses has brought an explosion of grassland birds, including Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and Henslow’s Sparrows. Potholes are also being dug for wetland species such as shorebirds and waterfowl. We’ll carpool

a short distance to this new birding site that a certain White-tailed Kite put on the map last year.

Cowles Bog Tour

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Rick Read Cowles Bog is a birding treasure trove and an 8,000-year-old fen. This National Park Service site is home to the birthplace of ecology and is also a varied habitat for a diverse set of migrating birds. The swamp edges can host many migrating warblers, including large Northern Waterthrush numbers. Sandhill Cranes and rails nest throughout the property. Rarities tend to be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes.

be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Beginning Birding with a National Park
be found at this premier birding destination in the dunes. Beginning Birding with a National Park

Beginning Birding with a National Park Ranger

$5 / 9:00 – 11:00am / Leader: National Park Service Rangers Are you new to birding, or looking for a more relaxed birding opportunity? Take part in these daily morning bird walks with the rangers from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Each morning tour will meet at the Visitor Center and walk the often-productive nearby grounds and bike trail towards the Indiana Dunes State Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required.

Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale FREE/
Park in search of migrating birds. No carpooling required. Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale FREE/

Audubon Great Lakes Native Plant Sale

FREE/ 10:00am – 4:00pm / Indiana Dunes Visitor Center What better way to help the birds than with native planting! Audubon Great Lakes and the local Audubon chapters will host this special native plant sale on both Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds. Some of the plants that will be on hand include royal catchfly, milkweed, wild columbine, and black-eyed Susan. Also, be sure to visit the native plant sale booth for mini-workshops. Audubon will have plant-experts to help you find the best native plants for your garden.

to help you find the best native plants for your garden. Birding by Ear Tour $5

Birding by Ear Tour

$5 / 7:30 – 11:00am / Leader: Annie Aguirre Just as important as identifying birds by sight is their sound! Audio birding expert Annie Aguirre will guide folks to identify birds by the songs and calls they make. We’ll carpool to the nearby Dunes State Park to practice our mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour.

mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour $5 /
mnemonics and more during this beginning level birding tour. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour $5 /

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Tour

$5 / 8:00 – 11:30am / Leader: Lindsay Grossmann This one-of-a-kind, mixed-development features over 150 acres of

forest, wetland, and prairie restorations. The open meadows and prairies have become home to high numbers of breeding tree swallows and bluebirds. This hidden gem is just

a few short miles from Chesterton. Great opportunity for close-up looks for beginning birders and photographers.

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Festival Headliner:

Amy Wilms

Hummingbirds: Our Flying Gems!

FREE/ 11:30am – 12:30pm / Dunes Visitor Center Hummingbirds amaze us with their ability to survive as the world’s smallest birds. Their lives bring both excitement and joy to our own through visitation to our various feeders we put up. Amy Wilms has handled and banded thousands of these tiny gems in her study of their migration through Indiana. Explore their fascinating lives in this fun and interactive presentation. Amy’s husband, Carl, will present with her to help keep her enthusiasm in check!

will present with her to help keep her enthusiasm in check! Owls Alive! FREE / 1:00

Owls Alive!

FREE / 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center / Presenter: Lake Milton Raptor Center Join the Lake Milton Raptor Center for this close-up look at live birds of prey moving through the dunes right now. This fun and educational program will discuss the many hawks, falcons, and even eagles that can be seen in the field this week or throughout the year in the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds.

the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Amazing Galapagos and other Ecuadorian Gems FREE
the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Amazing Galapagos and other Ecuadorian Gems FREE
the Great Lakes region. Each day features different birds. Amazing Galapagos and other Ecuadorian Gems FREE

Amazing Galapagos and other Ecuadorian Gems

FREE / 1:00 – 2:00pm / Dunes Visitor Center / Presenter: Rick & Debbie Read Ever since Darwin, the island archipelago off shore from Ecuador has been a showcase of evolution. Six hundred miles from the Ecuadorian coast, the Galapagos are of marine volcanic origin and have never been connected to a continental land mass. Join Rick and Debbie Read for a peek into this amazing place they visited for four weeks last winter. A truly fascinating place to visit with many unique birds and animals.

place to visit with many unique birds and animals. Shade Grown Coffee Isn’t Just for the

Shade Grown Coffee Isn’t Just for the Birds

FREE/ 2:30 – 3:30pm/ Visitor Center / Presenter: Chad & Ceth Williams Shade grown coffee has been celebrated as a way to enjoy great tasting coffee, but why is shade grown coffee important to the environment? Find out why with Ceth!

coffee important to the environment? Find out why with Ceth! Birds in Religion FREE/ 2:30 –

Birds in Religion

FREE/ 2:30 – 3:30pm / Dunes SP Nature Center / Presenter: Dan Barriball Birds have appeared in mythology and religion in a variety of guises through time. Whether featured as gods from ancient Egypt or sacred bird symbols in modern day religion, Dan Barriball will explore their meanings and context to end this year’s Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.

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Birding the Dunes

The presence of Lake Michigan is the single most important factor affecting the movement and distribution of birds in the Indiana Dunes. The lake is both an obstacle and a resource for migrating birds that use the enormous lake and shore as guidelines that control flight paths for birds of all kinds. The avian convergence at the southern end of Lake Michigan has been termed the “funnel effect,” while the massive spring migration that follows parallel to the shore is called the “longshore flight” or sometimes “morning flight.”

In total, the Indiana Dunes has recorded over 370 species of birds, with the Indiana Dunes State Park having harbored 300+ species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the Great Lakes. The micro-climates contained within the dunes provide harbor for both traditional southern nesting species, as well as more northern species. A single day of birding can find both Prothonotary and Worm-eating Warblers nesting alongside Canada and Blackburnian Warblers.

Warblers nesting alongside Canada and Blackburnian Warblers. The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is hosted by the

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society, whose mission is to promote birding and bird conservation throughout Indiana. For detailed information regarding Indiana birding locations, bird watching tips, and membership privileges, please visit them on the web at indianaaudubon.org.