Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
April – October
Muscatatuck NWR, located near I-65 and Seymour, Indiana, consists of 7,724 acres of wildlife paradise. The refuge is home to river otters, bald eagles, prothonotary warblers, and other species that thrive in bottomland floodplain forest. In addition, the lakes and wetlands attract migrating shorebirds and waterfowl; grasslands are home to breeding Henslow’s sparrows. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, birding tours produce long lists of species and memorable encounters with beautiful birds.
The beauty of Muscatatuck is the diversity of habitats in close proximity to each other, most of which are easily accessible. This tour can be done entirely from the vehicle or can involve nice hikes if preferred.
Jackson County Snowbirds
November – March
Winter is a good time to visit Muscatatuck and the surrounding landscape. Ducks, hawks, and otters occupy the refuge, while Sandhill cranes use the fields of Ewing Bottoms during the day to feed before returning to the refuge to spend the night. This past winter, thousands of snow geese were also found in Ewing Bottoms. On this tour we also look for eastern meadowlarks, horned larks, and Lapland longspurs.
Jackson County has numerous historical structures as well. The North Spur of Indiana’s Historic Pathways passes through Jackson County. Tour stops can include the Medora Covered Bridge, built in 1875, and two of the few remaining round barns built in the early 20th century. If you like to hike, we can visit Hemlock Bluffs State Nature Preserve.
I do my best to customize the tour to match your interests, schedule, and physical abilities. This tour can include a stop at a local restaurant or a picnic lunch. Explore Jackson County with me… it’s a hidden gem!