May 5-8, 2016
Michigan City, Indiana
Birding in the Indiana Dunes is the best the state has to offer. With its rich biodiversity, varying habitats and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Indiana Dunes is a hotspot for migrant and resident birds. The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an event designed to celebrate the dunes area’s various birding habitats and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education for visitors and residents to the Indiana Dunes region.
Keynote speaker Ian Campbell’s talk is titled “The Misadventures of Bird Guides.” It will explore the unusual lifestyle that occasionally has one whizzing through five continents in the spell of three months, and reveals the world for what it is, a twisted, tortuous path of avoiding potential calamities, cultural confusion and cockups.
Iain will take you through a series of adventures, from dealing with airline strikes and camel safaris gone rogue to defusing potentially disruptive situations on the Pakistan-India border, and even accidentally invading Peru. This stuff is way too outrageous to have been made up, so it must be true.
For accommodations, there are several hotels in the vicinity of the festival and camping at the Indiana Dunes State Park Campground and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Dunewood Campground.