Potawatomi Wildlife Park, located on the Tippecanoe River in Marshall County, is a 200-acre preserve owned and managed by Potawatomi Park, Inc., a private nonprofit foundation set up by the Lions Clubs of Etna Green, Mentone, and Bourbon, and the Kiwanis Clubs of Bremen and Bourbon. The park contains five miles of trails through a variety of avian habitats including bottomland hardwood forest, old fields, river edges, wetlands and ponds.
Spring and fall migrations bring excitement to the area as warblers, vireos, and other migrant passerines pass through the park in good numbers. Migrating ducks can be found too, resting on the ponds, in the wetlands, and on the Tippecanoe River. Bluebirds often can be seen in the open area near the gravel entrance lane.
After checking the feeders at the Nature Center, be sure to explore the various exhibits and computer activities available there. Interested individuals can join the Tri-County CBC or the Marshall County May Bird Count, both of which include Potawatomi Wildlife Park as an important part of their count areas. Check the CBC online database for an excellent account of winter visitors to the park.
River otters have been seen in the park--most recently on 01-Jan-1999 during the Tri-County CBC! On this particular day they were making a game of sliding down the edge of a hill into the river. All otter sightings should be reported to the park naturalist and the Indiana DNR. Beavers are also commonly sighted in the park.
The Picnic and Parking Area contains a sign-in sheet, donation box, and trail information. While there is no required entrance fee, donations to the park are definitely welcomed.
Typical Time to Bird Site: 1 Hour