Take Time to Visit the Butcher Watchman

Here's a bird worth seeing.  The butcher bird, lacking talons to kill it's own prey, uses it's own powerful beak to kill it's prey, then drags them to thorns, barbed wire, or other pointed objects to store his or her food for later.  These butcher trees can be found as proof of the bird's hangout … Continue reading Take Time to Visit the Butcher Watchman

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Return of the Snowys

A potential highlight each November in the dunes is the return of the Snowy Owl.  The large white owl of the north doesn't return to the dunes each fall, but when they do, their large charismatic nature and overall appeal tend to draw many birders in to see them.  Thus when late November comes, they … Continue reading Return of the Snowys

Planned Bird Sanctuary Shows Growing Birding Support

The growing support for birding in the area is evident with talk of a new nature preserve for Porter County.  Not just any nature preserve, a bird sanctuary!  Not just your everyday bird sanctuary... one dedicated to wetland birds, including shorebirds!  Clearly, the interest of local birders and the growing influence is showing loud and … Continue reading Planned Bird Sanctuary Shows Growing Birding Support

End of the Saw-whet Season Approaching!

2013 has been a poor fall for Saw-whet Owl banding at the Indiana Dunes State Park.  Saw-whets ride a usual 4 year cycle of boom vs. bust.  Much of this population cycle can be traced back to the prey that they are eating.  Small deer or white-footed mice make up a large percentage of their … Continue reading End of the Saw-whet Season Approaching!