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New Interpretive Exhibits Coming to Goose Pond
Indiana Ag Connection - 03/25/2019

Thanks to a partnership with Duke Energy Foundation and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF), guests of Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area can expect to see new interpretive displays at the property's visitor center by spring 2020.

Recently, Duke Energy Foundation awarded the INRF a $20,000 grant to create such exhibits to educate visitors about Goose Pond FWA's wetland, grassland, and agricultural habitats.

Angie Haywood, director of Education and Outreach for the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), says the exhibits will improve guest experiences.

"We look forward to working with Duke Energy Foundation to create these interpretive displays that will provide public enrichment and enjoyment," Haywood said. "Goose Pond is a unique natural area with two of the most imperiled habitats in the state.

"Thousands of visitors stop by each year, and we want to provide them with the opportunity to learn more and get outside to enjoy all that this public property has to offer."

More than 260 bird species have been documented at Goose Pond FWA, attracting birders from across the country. Each year, thousands of sandhill cranes stop by during their annual migration. Whooping cranes, a federally endangered species, are also regular visitors. In addition to birding, the multi-use property provides hunting and hiking.

More about Goose Pond FWA is at wildlife.IN.gov/3094.htm.

Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. It provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More is at duke-energy.com/community/duke-energy-foundation.

The INRF celebrates and preserves Indiana's natural legacy by raising funds to support the DNR and its programs. Since 1990, the INRF has worked to protect rare and endangered species, grow protected public lands, teach children about natural resources, and restore and preserve Indiana's natural spaces. More is at indiananrf.org.

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