Prime Birding Location

Forest Trails & Marsh Overlooks

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Discover Indiana’s #1 Birding Destination On a Small Group Tour

Looking to discover Indiana’s prime birding hotspot with fellow friendly birders and an expert guide? Look no further! Sign up for this fun day trip to Indiana Dunes where we provide a tranquil and informative birding experience, featuring leisurely strolls and short hikes through stunning landscapes. We welcome bird enthusiasts of all skill levels and each season presents a unique variety of bird species to learn about, from their distinctive sounds and songs to their nesting habits. The concentration of birds in the area during migration is a real wonder – don’t miss it!

Tour Highlights

Join other enthusiastic birders for a fun morning birding tour

Discover the best birding locations at Indiana’s only National Park

Bird in a variety of habitats: lakefront, dunes, oak savannah, forest, marsh, grasslands, etc.

Observe how the dunes serve as a stopover spot for many migrating birds, so you’ll get a chance to see species that might only be in the area for a short time

Find both nesting and migrating warblers at the Dunes

Possibly discover rare birds in the area (thanks to Lake Michigan)

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Trip Details

Trip Details



Tour time

Morning time

Meeting point


Mid-August through May


Approximately 4-5 hours

Group size

3 to 6 people


  • Binoculars
  • Use of spotting scope

Not included

  • Entrance fees to the National Park if driving separately, which should be purchased online prior to the tour
  • Food and drinks, so be sure to bring what you might need
  • Lunch on full-day tours

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Your own binoculars or scope
  • Phone/camera

About your guide

David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding, will lead this trip. David has over 25 years of birding experience and loves to share his joy for birding.

What to Expect

We start the day meeting at the Visitors Center, where you can ride with me or caravan behind as we visit the best birding spots in the area for the season. If the weather cooperates, we will walk some of the trails (Cowles Bog, Grand Marsh, Heron Rookery) in the National Park or check out Trail 2 in the State Park. We then may hike the dunes or watch the lake for seabirds depending on the group’s general wishes. At the end of the day, we’ll head back to the Visitors Center to bid farewell.

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