March Birding Trips
Saturday, March 14
Hopefully we will have some open water for this outing to the LaPorte Lakes and Michigan City, where we will be looking for ducks and gulls. If any in our group wants to make a longer day of birding, we could drive north to New Buffalo and on to the Three Oaks Ponds. We will
meet at 8:00 in front of Kroger’s, near Lombardy and Western Avenue. This is in the same area as Key Bank, but at the east end of the shopping complex. Remember to bring layers, as the winds can be bone chilling on the lakes.
Saturday, March 28
I have changed this outing to go to Kankakee and Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Areas, instead of Potato Creek and Kingsbury. Kankakee is always a good place to see waterfowl and possibly Bald Eagles. We will meet in the Kohl's parking lot on Miami Street, just south of Ireland
road at 8:00 a.m. for car-pooling. We will plan on stopping for lunch in Knox, before going to Kingsbury on our way home.
If you have any questions about our field trips, contact Brian Miller at (574) 291-0804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 8
Ferrettie-Baugo County Park
Our speaker will be Vince Gresham. Vince is the environmental studies director at Greene Intermediate School. He will share some of the schools' success stories by helping children enjoy their education at the Tom Stankus Outdoor Learning Center. Vince studied
wildlife management at Purdue U. before transferring to IUSB for secondary school training. He held positions at Potato Creek State Park, St. Joseph County State Parks and was the Assistant Director of Rum Village Nature Center for eight years before accepting the position at Greene School.
The outdoor learning center is named after Tom Stankus, a former educator at Greene school, and was recently dedicated to him for his role in developing it. In the 1980s, Mr. Stankus along with Greene students, teachers and parents, planted trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses at the center. He also served the Audubon Society in multiple roles since the early 1950s including the Audubon Sanctuary Director, and was the chair of education. He distributed the Audubon Adventures publications to schools. The magazines gave children first-hand experience in environmental studies.
Come and enjoy learning about this continuing legacy.
The public is cordially invited.
The mission of the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society is to promote stewardship of our natural resources with a special emphasis on birds. We achieve this goal through education, conservation, activism, philanthropy and fellowship with others having similar goals.