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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival returns in May

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival returns on May 16-19 in 2019.

Birders will have something to chirp about when the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival flies back to the Northwest Indiana lakeshore from May 16-19 in 2019.

Seasoned birders, new bird watchers and nature enthusiasts from around the Region and beyond are welcome.

"The festival is a partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird-watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation and environmental education for visitors and residents to the Indiana Dunes region," the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore said in a press release. "The event is being organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts."

Birders will be able to see migrating birds during nearly 150 guided field trips and car pool tours at the Indiana Dunes over the course of the four-day festival. The event at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore also will include various programs, workshops, art instruction presentations and live bird-of-prey talks.

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In the evening, attendees can rub shoulders at an art exhibition, sip craft beers at a "birds and brews" gathering and venture out on special excursions for night birds. They also will be able to shop at a Migration Marketplace May 17 and 18 for field guides, bird feeding supplies, optics and other bird-related products.

Indiana Audubon Society members can start registering on February 24. Early-bird registration for the general public, pun intended, begins on March 3.

Registration for the four-day event costs as little as $44 for adults and $32 for children under 18 years old.

For more information, visit www.indunesbirdingfestival.com or call the Indiana Dunes Visitors Center information desk at 219-395-1882 or the Indiana Audubon Society at 219-928-6905.

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