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 clear. This announcement comes on the heals of Chesterton being named a Bird Town Indiana.
The land, just recently purchased by the Porter County Parks Foundation, is an island oasis surrounded by the residential areas on the south side of Chesterton. The Foundation currently owns 29 acres of the land, and hopes to acquire the rest. In reading the recent article on the development, it’s clear the Foundation and Parks Department are dreaming big in restoring the habitat. This is no build a trail and clear a few invasives type work. Work of this scale will not be available right away, but it’s a step in the right direction and we’ll hopefully see some great results for the birds in the next year or two.