For folks interested in ringing in the New Year with some birding, here are your options!
Indiana Dunes State Park will be offering two separate birding related courses and workshops in 2015. Each workshop is designed to introduce nature enthusiasts to the great birding that is available in the Indiana Dunes area and appeal to a wide range of skill and interest levels.
The first workshop, simply titled “Indiana Dunes Birding: Crash Course” is a single day introduction to birding, common species found in the dunes, enjoying and leading bird walks, as well as seeing birds up close via bird banding. It will be held Saturday, January 31 from 2pm-5pm at the state park nature center. The workshop costs $10 for adults and $5 for youth under 18.
The second workshop is the “Beginning Birding in the Dunes,” and eight week course, designed to introduce participants to the magic of Indiana Dunes birding, its birding sites, a comprehensive study of the birds viewable in the dunes, and more. The workshop meets each Thursday night, March 12-April 30, from 6pm-8pm at the state park nature center. Optional fieldtrips, bird walks, and other outdoor activities are offered during the weekends as well. The workshop is led by local birding experts Dr. Ken Brock and Michael Topp. The eight week workshop costs $50 for adults and $25 for youth under 18.
“The birding workshops are a great lead up to the inaugural Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, being held May 7-10 in the Indiana Dunes area”, said Brad Bumgardner, Dunes State Park Interpretive Naturalist.
All participants must pre-register for the workshops and can do so by calling the state park nature center. For more information about this or other park programs, call (219) 926-1390.