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Bird Tower at Indiana Dunes SP Dedicated
Indiana Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

The bird tower at Indiana Dunes State Park was dedicated with a public event this past week. The event featured a dedication, refreshments provided by Indiana Audubon Society and bird-related activities for all ages.

The tower provides a great location for birding and watching Lake Michigan. It stands more than 17 feet tall and is fully accessible.

In process for several years, the tower was designed by the DNR Division of Engineering to withstand the wind and shifting sands of the Dunes Region.

Funding came from multiple donors, including the Lake Michigan Coastal Program, the Flora Richardson Foundation, Indiana Audubon Society and local Audubon chapters, the Friends of Indiana Dunes and the Northwest Migratory Bird Association.

Lumber for the risers (steps) and accessible ramp are white oak, donated by the DNR Division of Forestry from timber that was blown down in the 2012 Henryville tornado.

The tower has already proven its value through six years of longshore bird migration monitoring that has taken place from its platform in the spring. It has provided clear evidence of the significance of the Dunes Region as a migration funnel for everything from warblers, to blue jays to a variety of hawk species. During those six years, an average of 214 different species have been sighted, with some days recording thousands of individual birds.

Indiana Dunes State Park (on.IN.gov/indianadunessp) is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton.

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