DCAS meets regularly for informational programs and membership meetings. These meetings alternately take place at Gibson Woods Nature Center (Lake County) and Indiana Dunes National Park Headquarters (Porter County), unless specified. Field Trips have different meeting locations as listed below.
COVID-19 Guidelines are ever changing. See the website and Facebook page for the latest program and Bird Walk updates. Currently, all walks require registration at the event link. Programs are offered in person with limited capacity and online via the Zoom platform.
Upcoming Meetings and Programs:
All times are Central Time (Chicago Time)
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00 PM Central Time & on Zoom
Birding the Nature Preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Sarah Barnes, Communications and Land Manager for Shirley Heinze Land Trust (SHLT), will present 5 properties in Lake & Porter counties that SHLT has permanently protected, placed trails and parking areas, and is undertaking restoration efforts to maintain or improve biodiversity there. These preserves and the habitats found there are critical areas that host birds as residents and migrants.
Zoom Meeting ID: 813 4154 7529
Upcoming Bird Walks
Big Birding Day with Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Saturday, September 18, Select Times Listed Below
Join one of 5 Bird Walks at SHLT Nature Preserves in Lake & Porter County.
All participants will meet their Birding Leader at each site’s parking lot. Check below for times and description. Most Bird Walks will run 2-3 hours, depending on travel and habitat. Participant numbers are limited due to parking lot sizes. Please bring binoculars, insect repellant, and water.
Bird Walk RSVP
Monthly Bird Walks at the Indiana Dunes State Park
Leader: Dan Barriball
10/2: 8:00am CT Meet at Wilson Shelter
Look for fall migrating birds at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Meet Bird Walk leader Dan Barriball at the Wilson Shelter parking lot at 8:00am. Total time about 2-3 hours. The diversity of habitats within the state park hosts many bird species, and during fall migration, birds stop over to re-fuel on the southern shore of Lake Michigan before heading south.
Indiana Dunes State Park is a designated Indiana Birding Trail site and is included in the Indiana Audubon Society #21in21 Challenge. Downloaded your gamecard at indianaaudubon.org and visit 21 birding trail sites for a chance to win great prizes.
This walk is free and open to the public, but registration is required at the link below as capacity is limited due to Covid-19. Regular State Park entry fees are required (or purchase annual pass).
Bird Walk RSVP