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Audubon Christmas Bird Count at National Park

Park visitor with binoculars viewing photos of birds at the national park.

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News Release Date: December 2, 2020

Get outside and have fun helping with the 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers are needed for the Indiana Dunes National Park “West Circle” count on Saturday, December 26th. This 15-mile radius circle encompasses most of the northern part of Lake County, Indiana. Counts from home bird feeders within the circle are also needed. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, volunteers are urged to work individually or in small groups from the same household.  The Audubon Society and other organizations use the data collected in this longest running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to guide conservation action. Details can be found at the Audubon website. All participants must sign up beforehand through the count compiler, Christine Gerlach, by email at or call 219-395-1885.  

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 422 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 3 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.  

Last updated: December 2, 2020

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