Meetings and Field Trips
DCAS meets regularly for board meetings and informational programs. These meetings take place at Gibson Woods Nature Center, unless specified. Field Trips have different meeting locations as listed below.
Upcoming Meetings and Programs:
January 17, 2019 7:00pm
Enjoying the National Lakeshore- Gibson Woods Nature Center
Join us as Rafi Wilkinson, National Park Ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore presents a virtual tour through photographs of the National Lakeshore and the surrounding region. He will describe the location, vision and techniques behind each photograph. Rafi loves discussion and questions from his audience. He is very passionate about the environment and enjoys showcasing the beauty of Northwest Indiana. He loves to learn and loves both the wonder and the engineering aspects of photography – the blending together of the technical equipment and the artistic creation. He lives in Beverly Shores with his beautiful wife and 4 sons
January 19, 2019 8:00am-11:00am
(CANCELED) Winter Birding on the Eastern Lakefront
For our January field trip, we will meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center (on IN-49 just south of US-20) at 8:00am, and will carpool from there to various birding hotspots depending on weather conditions. Possible targets can include raptors at Reynold's Creek GHA, diving ducks at the Port of Indiana, or shrikes and sparrows in Beverly Shores. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
February 16, 2019 9:00am-11:00am
Winter Birding on the Western Lakefront
For our February field trip, we will meet at Gibson Woods Nature Center at 8:00am, and will carpool from there to various birding hotspots depending on weather conditions. Possible targets may include wintering waterfowl along the Grand Calumet River, at Wolf Lake, or at lakefront access points in Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to email@example.com.
February 21, 2019 7:00pm
Birding 101: Presenter: Matthew Igleski- Gibson Woods Nature Center
Are you just getting into birding and trying to figure out where to go, when to go, and what to bring? Then this will be for you! We’ll cover many topics, including field guides, phone apps, weather patterns, bird identification, and birding terminology. Think of this as the quick start guide to all things birding. Even if you are an experienced birder, please attend and bring your tips and tricks for how you decide when and where to go to look for birds, how you keep track of what you see, and what motivates you to keep looking.
March 21, 2019 7:00pm
Little Calumet River Project: Gibson Woods Nature Center
Join us as we host Rebeccah Sanders, Executive Director of Audubon Great Lakes and Nat Miller, Director of Conservation and/or Brad Kasberg, Wetland Restoration Manager present information on the Little Calumet River Project. More details to follow.
March 23, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Ducks, Geese, and Swans at Kankakee Fish & Wildlife Area
The Kankakee River basin is a historically significant resting area for migratory waterfowl, and Kankakee FWA in LaPorte and Starke Counties is a prime spot to witness this migration. We will meet at the Kankakee FWA Headquarters building at 4320 S Toto Rd, North Judson, IN 46366 at 9:00am. We may also bird nearby Jasper-Pulaski FWA if time allows. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 18, 2019 7:00pm
Native Plants in the Indiana Landscape: Gibson Woods Nature Center
Nathanael Pilla will be sharing his passion for native plants as well as highlighting some of the fantastic plants in our natural communities. Join us as we take a short trip through taxonomy, nature, and the Indiana Dunes. Nathanael Pilla is a charismatic botanist for Orbis Environmental Consulting while serving on the board of the Indiana Native Plant Society - North Chapter. His research has led to the first series of publications on inventorying the macro-fungi of Indiana as well as on the conservation status of pondweeds (Potamogeton). When he is not botanizing, Nathanael spends his pastime writing and singing ridiculous songs.
April 20, 2019 8:00am-10:00pm
Birds and Blooms at the Heron Rookery
Late April is a special time in the floodplain woodlands at the Heron Rookery trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Although the namesake rookery was abandoned years ago, this woodland trail is the best place in the region to see the spectacular display of spring ephemeral wildflowers. While we observe flowers at our feet, we'll look and listen for early arriving songbirds such as the Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parulas, and Yellow-throated Warblers (the last of which is only known from this location in the Dunes-Calumet region). We will meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 8:00am to carpool to the site, as parking can be somewhat limited. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to email@example.com.
No May field trip. Join us at the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival!
June 22, 2019 8:00am-2:00pm
Birds and Butterflies (and Bison!) at Kankakee Sands
We will be traveling down to Newton County for this extended field trip, where we will meet at the Nature Conservancy's Kankakee Sands office on US-41 (about 7 miles south of Lake Village, IN). We will bird the grassland restoration areas from 8-11am (and will look for the bison as well!). After a picnic lunch, we will take advantage of the mid-day sun to walk trails through the prairie looking for butterflies like the Regal Fritillary, a Kankakee Sands specialty. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed Bylaw changes still pending and we anticipate a vote to be announced soon. The proposed bylaws are below and can be viewed via pdf. These proposed bylaws have recently been reviewed and given satisfactory approval by National Audubon Society and Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP.