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FRIENDS OF GOOSE POND 2018 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST
Rules below. Entry deadline is September 30, 2017.

Friends of Goose Pond
2018 Calendar Photo Contest
Highlighting Goose Pond FWA

- A challenge to creativity and photo skill for photographers of all ages.
- An opportunity for recognition in a calendar that will broaden awareness of the natural beauty and diversity of GPFWA.
Eligibility
1. Entrants may be of any age.
2. Entrants may not be judges for this contest.
3. Entry is open to amateur and professional photographers.
Entry Requirement
1. All entries must be the original work of the entrant.
2. Entries must be photos taken at Goose Pond FWA.
3. Photos must be submitted by the end of the day on September 30, 2017.
4. Send email entries with attached photos to mail@friendsofgoosepond.org. Include the
Following information in your email: your name, mailing address, phone number, email
address, and number of photos attached (LIMIT 3 photographs).
5. Each photo must be accompanied by a caption with the photographer’s name and a number identification (ie. 1.3 indicates that this is photo #1 of 3 photos submitted).
6. Receipt of your electronic entry with attached photo(s) is considered release and consent for Friends of Goose Pond to publish your photo(s) for calendar, public display, or other promotional purposes.
7. Entries can be in color or black and white and must be at least 600 dpi resolution. All photos must be submitted in jpeg format. Pictures formatted for horizontal display are preferred. Maximum file size is 5.5 MB.
8. Only limited image modifications are permitted. Manipulation should only be used to sharpen or produce a more natural looking photograph. Cropping is allowed but any other color modifications or the addition of any elements not existing in the original scene will not be allowed.
9. Finalists will be notified by October 31, 2017.

10. It is understood that by virtue of making a submission, entrants agree to abide by the contest rules and provisions.

Judging
1. In choosing photo subjects, entrants are encouraged to explore the diversity of Goose Pond FWA. Landscapes, seasons, individuals engaged in activities, flora and fauna are all topics of interest.
2. A panel of Friends of Goose Pond members will judge the photo entries and select winners.
3. Judging criteria will include: technical expertise, originality/creativity, interest and ability to be reproduced for publication.
4. No compensation is given for entry or selection. However the photographer of any photo(s) used in the calendar will be recognized in the calendar. They will also receive a free copy of the calendar itself.
5. Winners will be notified by phone or email on or before October 31, 2017.
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LEAST BITTERNS ARRIVE AT GOOSE POND FWA FOR SPRING OF 2017
John Adams posted the first photo. From May 16, 2017. Note the high breeding aspect red in lore area. Thanks John!
My own first LEBI heard was on May 9 in Unit GP12. Jerry Downs heard one on Saturday May 13 in the CR1100W Units on the Greene County Big May Day Bird Count. Amy Kearns and I also heard a LEBI at Beehunter Marsh on May 16. They are definitely here! Note: Least Bittern is officially listed as an Indiana State Endangered Species. More wetland conservation success in action at Goose Pond FWA.
--Lee Sterrenburg DNR bird monitoring volunteer Goose Pond FWA
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Found my first LEAST BITTERN of the year.10S

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FAMILY FROG GIGGING EVENT
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
Friday June 16, 2017
8:30pm-12:00am

This is a pre-registration event.
Limited spots available. Call (812) 512-9185 for details.
Gigging equipment provided!
Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy!

Schedule of Events
8:30-8:45PM Welcome, Introductions & pairing of guides and participants
8:45-9:30 PM Safety presentation and review of regulations (Ice Cream, Cobbler & soft drinks provided by Friends of Goose Pond)
9:30-11:30PM Frog Hunting at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
12:00 AM Frog cleaning, recipe distribution, and depart
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Friends of Goose Pond Roadside Cleanup at Goose Pond FWA

We welcome volunteers to assist with a needed roadside cleanup along Indiana 59 and other areas of Goose Pond on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Over the winter there has been a sizable accumulation of trash along the ditches and roadsides.

Sign up is needed on the DNR website to be a volunteer. The steps are as follows:

1. Go to the IDNR website www.in.gov/dnr/
2. Type "volunteer" in the search box at the top right.
3. click on "DNR: Volunteer Opportunities"
4. click on "Fish and Wildlife"
5. click on "Sign up to CERVIS"
6. complete the Create Volunteer Profile information
7. go back to the Volunteer Program page and click on "Find a one-time event"
8. click on "Goose Pond Work Day"
9.click on "Register as a Volunteer"

We will meet at the visitor center at Goose Pond. You will be given a short briefing and then we will be set to go. You will also be asked to sign a volunteer waiver beforehand. Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including waterproof shoes, and bring your own sunscreen and insect repellant, and water bottle. Extra water will be provided. Hope to see you.
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