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 trip updates. Currently, all trips 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)
Marquette Park Shorebirds Program
Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education
July 25, 2021. 11am CT.
Sammi King, Marquette Park Project Coordinator for Dunes-Calumet Audubon, will discuss the history of Marquette Park and its unique habitats. She will also talk about many of the shorebirds that use this location as an important stop during migration. The Lake Michigan shoreline is considered one of the most important flyways for many North American bird species, and the location of Marquette Park Beach at the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan produces a funnel-effect where many of these birds will stop at this location to refuel as they head to their next destination.
The Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society aims to inspire the members of the Miller community to get outside and see the shorebirds for themselves along with understanding the importance of this area for migrating birds. Birds play a critical role in healthy ecosystems, and it is crucial we protect their habitats and responsibly share the shoreline with them.
Upcoming Field Trips
Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society Monthly Migration Hikes at the State Park
Migration Bird Walks at Indiana Dunes State Park
4/3, 5/1, 6/5: 8:00am CT
Join Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society for our Indiana Dunes State Park migration bird walks. The group will meet trip leader Dan Barriball at the Wilson Shelter parking lot at 8:00am to look at spring migrants. Total time about 2-3 hours. The diversity of habitats within the state park hosts many bird species, and during spring migration, migrants pile up on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. All of this helps to make the park Indiana's most diverse birding hotspot.
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
June Program – Summer Birding at Kankakee Sands
Wednesday, June 16, 7:00PM
Join us on a special night, Wednesday, June 16, for a program on summer birding at Kankakee Sands. Presenter, Matt Kalwasinski, will talk about the wide variety of grassland species, such as Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and more that breed at this unique birding location in Newton County. Along with highlighting the species, Matt will offer tips and suggestions on how to best bird this property, which consists of 8,400 acres of prairies and wetlands.
This program will be streamed via Facebook Live and through Zoom (access information below).
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 996 4993 0158
Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk
June Bird Walk - Kankakee Sands (Newton County)
Saturday, June 19, 8:00AM
Join Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society for our June bird walk to Kankakee Sands (Newton County) on Saturday, June 19. The group will meet trip leader, Matt Kalwasinski, at 8:00 am at the North Newton Jr/Sr High School parking lot, located west of the building (1641 W 250 N, Morocco, IN 47963: 41.035449, -87.426700).
We will search for a variety of summer grassland birds, such as Dickcissel, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, and more. Total time about 2-3 hours.
Kankakee Sands is a designated Indiana Birding Trail site and is included in the Indiana Audubon Society #21in21 Challenge. Download 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.
Bird Walk RSVP