Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area
February – March
The ultimate introduction to a couple of the most spectacular species at Goose Pond… the Short-eared Owl and the Sandhill Crane. The tour will start with a visit to the variety of habitats at Goose Pond, searching for birds that don’t occur in many other places in Indiana. In February, most guests will have the chance to observe Greater White-fronted Geese and Snow Geese in large numbers. Birds of prey like the Rough-legged Hawk make their home at Goose Pond during the winter. In March, the number of American White Pelicans builds during migration. As the day draws to a close, the Sandhill Cranes will begin returning to Goose Pond from the neighboring fields where they have been foraging. The flight of thousands of cranes is a sight and sound to behold! At dusk, we will settle down to watch the sun set and observe the activity of Short-eared Owls beginning their nightly hunt. A day you will never forget!
Songbirds & Shorebirds
April – October
Goose Pond’s unique habitats draw an amazing diversity of birds; over 280 species have been recorded on the property, including many rarities. Songbirds like Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, and Eastern Meadowlarks can be found during the summer, while Black-necked Stilts, Least Terns, and American Bitterns also breed here. American White Pelicans stage in the larger pools during migration, and dowitchers, many sandpipers, and a variety of plovers populate the exposed mudflats.
The area in Goose Pond was farmed for most of the 20th century, which makes the success of this restoration effort all the more impressive. It can be a great tour for butterflies as well. This tour can include a stop at a local restaurant or a picnic lunch.
Goose Pond Weekday Tour
There is never a bad time of year to visit Goose Pond! Year-round, unique birds that breed, migrate, or winter here can be found. I will design a day trip that gives you the best chance to see the most spectacular and rare birds. If you are a beginning birder, we’ll focus on the easiest to see and most charismatic birds. If you are more experienced, please let me know which species you are most wanting to find… bitterns, Henslow’s or Grasshopper Sparrows, Least Terns, shorebirds? Of course, there are never any guarantees (other than we’ll have a fun time!), but I’ll put us in the best place for success! I look forward to designing a tour for you.