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:
March 21, 2019 7:00pm
Little Calumet River Project: Nat Miller- Gibson Woods Nature Center
With the start of 2019, Audubon Great Lakes launched the Little Calumet River Conservation Area project that includes habitat restoration, recreation planning, and community engagement along the Little Calumet River. The conservation area contains number of critical riparian marshes from Hammond to Gary, Indiana. The restoration of 350 acres of marsh and wet meadow habitat will establish the Little Calumet Marsh Bird Conservation Area and support the return of breeding marsh birds, a suite of species representative of quality marsh habitat and rapidly declining across the Midwest. This project will also directly improve water quality of the Little Calumet River while increasing eco-recreation visitation from traditionally under-served communities. Over the span of two years, Audubon Great Lakes, Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society, and other project partners will work together to monitor marsh birds, organize birding and restoration events, and engage the local community in conservation advocacy. We look forward to working with your chapter and answering any questions you may about the conservation project.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.