Friends of Goose Pond
Friends of Goose Pond (FoGP) was established to support the goals of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area through environmental education, scientific research and recreational activities and programs.
We encourage you to browse our site, learn of our activities, and plan a visit to the area. We are pleased at the success the wetland restoration has achieved in such a short time and are encouraged at the abundance of bird and wildlife species that are using the area. Our activities include Marsh Madness scheduled for early spring in conjunction with the annual Sandhill Crane migration, Community Birding Days, Wildflower Walks, Dove Hunts, School Field Trips, Clean-up Days, a photo contest, hat sales and the annual Goose Pond Calendar.
Welcome to Friends of Goose Pond web site. We look forward to sharing our site and our treasure with you!
The 2015 Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival
The 6th annual festival is now in the books. There was widespread agreement that this year’s festival was the best ever. Attendance at the various festival venues was outstanding. A belated break in the fierce February weather arrived just in time to entice people outside it seemed. The March 6th Kickoff Banquet, at the Linton Elks, was a sellout. Two hundred attendees enjoyed music by the popular acoustic duo of Brent McPike (guitar) and Solly Burton (mandolin). Guests were also treated to a delicious dinner, live & silent auctions, and a most interesting keynote address by Joe Duff, CEO of Operation Migration. This organization is involved in the establishment of a migratory population of whooping cranes in the eastern United States. Whooping Cranes, one of the world’s rarest birds, are trained to follow ultralight aircraft from Wisconsin to their future wintering grounds in Florida.
On Saturday, over 500 festival visitors enjoyed a variety of activities. Guided bus tours of Goose Pond FWA were so popular that an extra trip had to be added for late afternoon on Saturday. The children’s bird house building activity was so well attended that our supplies were eventually exhausted. The three bird- related seminars offered in the Girl Scout Cabin by Amy Kearns, George Sly, and Sharon Sorenson attracted nearly 100 festival goers. In the Roy Clark Building, the ever-popular raptor programs presented by the DNR’s Leslie Grow drew almost 200 people. Additionally, a constant stream of inquisitive attendees visited the Wabash Valley Herpetological Society’s booth which housed a variety of snakes, lizards, and turtles. Festival visitors also availed themselves of products (ranging from bird houses to bird art to wood carvings) made available by the presence of several vendor booths.
For those who missed this year’s festival, we urge you to make plans to attend next year. There will again be much for both adults and children to enjoy. If you appreciate nature and the outdoors, the Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival is sure to be a rewarding experience for you. And by the way, the two days of this year’s festival not only introduced visitors to our local wetlands treasure, the Goose Pond FWA, but generated over $20 000 for the local economy as well.