Statewide—More than half of the sites on the new Indiana Birding Trail, which the Indiana Audubon Society announced earlier this year, are being operated by the DNR. DNR worked with IAS and several regional partners to develop the trail, which provides a great resource for Hoosier birders and others who might visit the state for business, vacation or pleasure.
“Birds make great ambassadors, and our partnership in developing this trail with the Indiana Audubon Society, city and county parks, and regional tourism organizations is a great example of how we can all work together to introduce Hoosiers and out-of-state guests to Indiana’s natural resources,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of Indiana State Parks.
DNR sites range from the Lake Michigan shoreline of Indiana Dunes State Park, to the prairie at Prophetstown State Park, to the wetlands of Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, and to the wooded hills of Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest.
The trail focuses on species to watch for in each location, site amenities that make travel easier, and birding ethics such as remaining on roads, paths and trails in order to limit bird and habitat disturbance. The website also features an interactive map for quick views of each location and a downloadable guidebook. Properties on the Indiana Birding Trail will be identified with a sign that includes the birding trail logo.