Monday, November 30, 2015

The Indiana Audubon Society is involved in numerous activities throughout the year. Through these activities, the Society aims to fulfill its mission to stimulate interest in birds and their protection; to serve the needs of youth, schools, civic, church and other groups by providing information concerning birds; and to educate the public concerning the necessity for conserving and preserving Indiana's natural heritage, its flora and fauna.

Activities Include:

The Event Calendar lists upcoming activities and provides additional details including meeting locations and driving directions.

CBC Information

Compilers can update their count information here

Christmas Bird Counts in Indiana

Between December 14, 2015 and January 5, 2016, hawk-eyed volunteers across the country will brave various weather conditions to count birds during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). 

Birders and nature enthusiasts in Indiana will take part in this tradition, many rising before dawn to participate in the longest running wildlife census on the planet. Each year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes over 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count utilizes the power of volunteers to track the health of bird populations at a scale that professional scientists could never accomplish alone. Data compiled in Indiana will record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area, contributing to a vast citizen science network that continues a tradition stretching back more than 100 years.

More details are coming soon! Look for our new online form that will be unveiled in the next few weeks. The form will be much easier to use.

Please contact Gary Bowman ( or Amy Wilms ( with your Indiana count date if you plan to participate. 

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, 2015-2016

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the CBC dates have not been updated for 2015-16. Check to ensure the details have been updated by looking at when the information was updated.





Big Oaks NWR Dec. 19
Joe Robb Contact: Joe at or 812-273-0783. Meet at the Refuge Office 8:00 am. Big Oaks Conservation Society will partner with the Refuge and provide lunch. Dress warm and be ready to count birds! Will have all day counters and half day groups for your convenience. Updated on November 24, 2015.
Brown County State Park
Jim Eagleman Meet at the nature center at 8am, Sunday Dec. 14 for coffee and donuts, to assign areas and give out maps and bird til noon; lunch at the Abe Martin Lodge in the park on your own; resume til 3pm when we convene at the nature center to compile and record sightings.  Contact Jim at 812-988-5240 or Updated November 8, 2014.
Cass County Dec 22 Landon Neumann If you would like to help please email me ( and I'll give you an area to cover. We tend to cover our areas in the morning and then come together for lunch in Logansport and then bird together anywhere in the circle in afternoon. Updated on November 24, 2015.
Crane Naval Weapons Support Center   Harmon Weeks Contact Harmon, but at least by Dec. 14 as there is limited access to the base. Participants must be US citizens.  weeks@purdue.eduUpdated on November 8, 2013. 
Eagle Creek Valley Kevin Carlsen Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. Pitch-In lunch at 12 noon to go over the list of birds seen. Some groups will head back out in the afternoon and early evening. For more info contact Kevin Carlsen  at 317-327-2473 or Updated on November 8, 2014
Elkhart Co.  Ronda DeCaire
Field and feeder counters are needed. Please contact Ronda at 574-535-6458 or to pre-register.  Field counters can meet at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter at Ox Bow County Park at 7:30 a.m.  Updated on November 17, 2014. 
Fort Wayne Dec 19 Jim Haw Contact Jim Haw at 260-485-7802 or  Updated on November 24, 2015.
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
Dec 17
Dave Fox The third annual CBC at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic site will be held from 8am - 5pm onDecember 17. If anyone wants to owl before dawn or after sunset they are more than welcome to. Everyone involved will have their locations ahead of time and we will meet at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Carriage House for a hot lunch at 12 noon to discuss our findings, then anyone interested can go back out for more fun! Please contact Dave Fox ( for more information if you would like to be a part of our count. ‚Äč Updated on November 26, 2015.
Goose Pond  Dec. 16
Lee Sterrenburg This year's GOOSE POND CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2014. We always schedule on the first Wednesday in the National Audubon Society count window. Last year we did exceptionally well on the Goose Pond CBC. 

The Goose Pond CBC is sponsored by Sassafras Audubon Society. The center of the count circle is located at the south end of GPFWA Main Pool West. The circle includes diverse habitat terrains in Greene, Sullivan, and northern Knox Counties. Our CBC has opportunities for several different sorts of birding, from walking overland much of the day to mostly car birding and roadside birding. To be placed on a team or to ask questions email Lee Sterrenburg at sterren(AT) Updated on November 24, 2015.

 Hamilton County

Amanda Smith

Contact Amanda Smith at 317-774-2500 or by December 26, 2014. Pre-registered participants will be assigned to a location on or by Friday, December 26. Once the teams and locations are determined, registered participants will receive the contact information of their team leader and the location of your survey area. Most teams will meet at their assigned areas at 8:00am unless notified by team leaders otherwise. Lunch will be provided for volunteers by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department and will be served at Cool Creek Nature Center (2000 E. 151st St., Carmel, IN 46033) at noon. Anyone interested in birding in the afternoon can and will be reassigned after lunch. Contact Person: Amanda Smith. Updated December 4, 2014.

Hancock County Jan 2 Gail McNierney

Contact Gail at 317-861-3967 or email, Updated November 15, 2015.

Hanover - Madison
Dick Davis Count meets 8am and 1:30pm at Clifty Inn, forms birding parties then into field asap. Count a few hours or all day. Morning and afternoon parties will average 2-3 hours outdoors each. Prefer to count field or feeder at home without making the trip into town? Just call the compiler before 9pm Friday to coordinate plans.  Feeder counts needed.. call. Owling party meets 6pm; location to be determined.  For more information call compiler Dick Davis at 812-273-2656 or DNR interpreter Kristie Ridgway at 812-273-0609. Updated December 4, 2014.
Huntington County

Indiana Dunes Dec 19
Brad Bumgardner

Teams meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Brad at  Deadline to register is Dec. 10.  Chili lunch offered at State Park Nature Center. Updated on November 27, 2015. 

Indiana Dunes West (INDW) Dec 30 Christine Gerlach
Teams will meet on their own at pre-assigned areas.  Contact Christy at or call 219-395-1885. There will be no cost for participants. Updated on November 20, 2015. 
Indianapolis Northeast
John Schaust Register in advance by Dec. 17 by calling John at 317-208-4021 or email: Meet at noon for a pitch-in lunch at the Scout Education Center (Northeast corner of Shadeland Ave and Fall Creek Blvd). Updated on November 17, 2014. 

Roger Hedge Meet at McCloud Nature Park, located southwest of North Salem in Hendricks County, at 7:30 am. A link with map to the park is at Contact Roger at 765-482-6883 or 317-554-7039 (cell) or on December 29, 2014. 
Johnson County (Atterbury) Dec 20  Mike Clay Meet at 7:45 at Johnson Co. park, google maps: Johnson County Park ampitheatre. It actually shows up on a GPS as Johnson County Park Amphitheater. Call Mike at 317-682-8884 or Updated on November 24, 2015. 
Knox County
Gary Bowman Anyone wanting to start the year off with a Christmas Count is welcome to participate in our count.  Please contact Gary or Lisa and we will assign you to a team.  Team leaders will make arrangements with the rest of their team as to meeting location and time. Email: Updated December 4, 2014.
Ed Hopkins Contact Ed Hopkins. Email: Updated on December 9, 2014.
Lake Monroe Dec 19
Jim & Susan Hengeveld Contact Jim ( or Susan Hengeveld (, telephone
if you would like to participate. Updated on November 27, 2015.
Mary Gray Sanctuary Dec. 26 Carl and Amy Wilms Meet at House #2 at 7:30 AM to assign areas for the count. Questions can be emailed to Amy Wilms ( Lunch will be provided by Carl & Amy Wilms. Updated on November 24, 2015. 
McCormick's Creek
Sandy Belth For more information and to be placed on a team, please email Sandy Belth at, or call (812) 825-8353. Start times and meeting locations for the various teams will be given out closer to count time. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Robert Williams
If you would like to join us, please contact Robert Williams at or 765-730-8427.  Updated on November 17, 2013. 

Muscatatuck N. W. R.
Donna Stanley Group will meet at the Visitor Center to divide into teams.  All are welcome. Free soup lunch provided by refuge friends group. For information contact Updated on November 16, 2014. 
Newport Jan 2 Alan Bruner
Covers West Union Bald Eagle roost, Newport Chemical Depot, Cayuga Power Plant, and Wabash River bottoms.  Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at: 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on November 24, 2015. 
Northeast LaPorte County
Dennis Richardson Call Dennis, 219-778-2810, or email about when/where to meet. Updated December 8, 2013.
Oakland City Dec 27 Heath Hamilton
Please contact Heath Hamilton if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: Updated on November 24, 2015. 
Ohio River*
Paul Wharton Please contact Paul at  (513) 353-3403 or at for complete details. We will meet at 7:30 at the Boat Ramp at Shawnee Lookout Park, in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Updated on November 8, 2013. 

*Ohio River valley covering corners of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. About 80% of the area is in Indiana

Wayne Wauligman Meet 7:30 am at the barn at Michaela Farm on Route 229 near 22143 Main Street (St Rte 229), Oldenburg. The large barn is located at a 90° bend in Route 229 on the east side of Oldenburg and next door to LeClare Convent. Lunch for $7 is provided at 1 pm at the Franciscan Center.  A $5 Audubon Society fee also is required. Contact Wayne at 513-922-4430 or
Patoka Lake  
John Castrale

Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 26, 2014.

Pigeon River  
Mark Weldon All those wishing to attend must contact Mark Weldon by December 8th, by emailing your interest to, or by phone at 260-427-6806 M-F and 260-493-2005 which is my home phone. Please don't call this number after 8:30 pm. Information I need from you is your name, address, phone number, and email address if applicable.

There is no meeting place for this count.davis

This count is located in Lagrange county, and covers all of the Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area. Besides small game hunting, deer hunting will also be in for Archery, and Muzzle loaders. All participants should wear a piece of clothing consisting of Hunter Orange. More details will be given after contacting Mark. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Pike County
Jeremy Ross Contact Jeremy Ross for more information at Updated on December 5, 2014.
Tom Leggett Contact Tom Leggett if you can participate:, 616-249-3382 after 2pm during the week.
Fred Wooley Bring a sack lunch and binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one) and meet at the Nature Center by 7:45am. Registration required by December 25 by calling the Park Nature Center at 260-833-2012, or by contacting fwooley@dnr.IN.govUpdated on November 8, 2014
Posey County Jan 2 Brian Taylor Contact  Brian at 812-480-0588 or brian.taylor@haubstadt.comUpdated on November 24, 2015. 
Putnam County Dec 19 Jerry Rud

The "Big Walnut Bird Club "of Putnam County will be participating in the Christmas Bird Count. Meet at the home of Whitney Morrill, 633 East Seminary Street in Greencastle at 7:45 A.M. At 12:30 we will return to Whitney's at noon to enjoy a chili lunch and to share our results. To sign-up contact Jerry Rud,; 765-653-3636. Updated on November 24, 2015. 

Randolph County  
Connie Howell Compiler and/or contact person is Connie Howell, 765-744-4963, or e-mail  
Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at or 765-969-0449 or Ron Williams at 765-962-1488 /, or Jim Seaney at 765-962-1902. Updated November 22, 2014.
SANJO Jan 1 Terri Gorney New Circle SANJO (Southern Adams, Northern Jay, Ouabache State Park) - formerly Adams County CBC
The new circle includes the Loblolly Marsh, Limberlost Swamp Wetland Preserve, Ouabache State Park, Munro Nature Preserve, Wabash River, Limberlost Creek, Loblolly Creek, Music of the Wild Nature Preserve, Limberlost Bird Sanctuary, Rainbow Bottom, Rainbow Lake, Lake of the Woods, old stone quarry, old gravel pit Fields Park, and Amish farms. Chili Lunch is at the Limberlost Visitor's Center. Experience and inexperienced birders welcome. Plenty of good territory for all. We could use feeder watchers at home and there is a bird room at the center. This is the 3rd year that Limberlost has hosted this count that was started 40 years ago.
January 1 Meet at Limberlost Visitor's Center, 200 W. Sixth Street (US 27) in Geneva, IN at 8:00 am. Compiler: Terri Gorney, 9024 Hickory Glen Trail, Fort Wayne, IN, Updated November 22, 2015.
South Bend
Vic Riemenschneider The South Bend Count is divided into five sectors with sector leaders. Contact the compiler by email if you want to participate or go to the South Bend Web site for more information on both the South Bend and Elkhart Counts. Updated on December 15, 2014.
Southern Lake County  

Spring Mill
John Castrale Contact John at or 812-508-2849. if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 26, 2014.
Sullivan County Dec 23 Michael Brown Contact if attending.   We usually go to territories in am then meet at Subway in Sullivan at Hwy 41 and hwy 154 at 12:30 for lunch and to review species seen.  There is no meeting in evening, instead participants call or email reports to Michael Brown - 812-299-2137. Leave message. Updated on November 24, 2015.
 SW Allen County Jan 2 Cynthia Powers Contact Cynthia Powers by Dec.  The area covers Eagle Marsh and other Little River Wetlands preserves, Fox Island County Park, and three small ACRES Land Trust properties.  We meet at the Little River Wetlands office at 8 a.m. to pick up maps and have a light breakfast courtesy of LRWP staff.  Then meet for lunch at Fox Island County Park where we will compile a preliminary list, before going out to complete our territories.. Updated on November 25, 2015.
Terre Haute Dec 19
Peter Scott Contact Peter at if you need additional information or want to sign up for the count. Updated on November 27, 2015. 
Tippecanoe Jan 2 David Hicks The Tippecanoe Audubon Society Christmas count will be Saturday, December 27, 2014.  The 15-mile-diameter count circle is centered northwest of Warsaw.  Those interested in participating should get in touch with me: Dave Hicks, 260-982-2471, Updated November 24, 2015.
Topeka Dec 24 Leland Shaum Field and feeder watchers are needed. Anyone wishing to participate should contact either Perry Miller at 574-642-1300 - ext.4098 and leave a message or Leland Shaum at  or 574-202-0015 to be assigned a team or an area. Because we have many youth and Amish participants there is a special need for drivers. Updated on November 27, 2015.
Michael Stephan Meet at 8 am at Potawatomi Wildlife Park on State Road US 331 in Marshall County at Tippecanoe. Contact Michael D. Stephan, Executive Director at 1-574-498-6550 or Most of their field people are within the park, but they need feeder observers and field observers to work other areas of the circle. The count info is also on the park web siteUpdated on November 15, 2014. 
Turkey Run Dec 21 Alan Bruner
Covers Turkey Run and Shades St. Parks, Lake Waveland, Raccoon Lake, Hollandsburg Longspur fields and Amish farms.  Interested parties can contact Alan Bruner at or 765-562-2741 (cell). Updated on November 24, 2015.
Vanderburgh County  Dec 19
Brian Taylor Contact Brian Taylor at brian.taylor at Updated on November 25, 2015. 
Warrick County  Jan 2
Chris Pace Please contact Chris Pace if you would like to volunteer. Contact Info: Updated on November 24, 2015.
Wells County   Ruth Oswalt Contact Ruth at 260-694-6487 to sign up.
Western Gibson County Dec 20 Dan Collins Contact Dan Collins if you would like to volunteer. Contact info: or call him at 812.499.8121.. Updated on November 24, 2015.
Bill Buskirk Contact Bill Buskirk at or 765-969-0449.  Updated on November 22, 2014.
Willow Slough/Iroquois Preserves  
Ed Hopkins  Contact Ed Hopkins for more information. Email: Updated on December 9, 2014.