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BLACK-NECKED STILT AT GOOSE POND FWA, OCTOBER 22, 2014 -- STATE RECORD LATE FOR FALL A surprising and pleasing find. I kept track of shorebirds while helping with the weekly waterfowl survey yesterday morning, October 22, 2014, mostly going along with Dennis Workman of the staff. Not much shorebird habitat left. Water levels are too high for shorebirds across much of the GPFWA wetlands. Omitting Killdeer, here are the numbers and locations for all shorebirds found on the morning: BLACK-NECKED STILT 1 (Main Pool East E3 mid-south end on the east side, at the edge of a near shore island) Greater Yellowlegs 27 (17 GP4, 7 GP11N, 2 MPE with the BNST, 1 BH5S heard only well before sunrise) Lesser Yellowlegs 1 (GP4, with the Greater Yellowlegs) Wilson's Snipe 27 (25 in one flock GP4, 2 GP11N) The best results for numbers were in GP4. That Unit does have some shorebird habitat in the central-north end. In this current very high water regime it's probably best to be a Greater Yellowlegs. Or an even longer-legged Black-necked Stilt. The promising shorebird habitats of late September and earlier October in GP8 and some of Main Pool East are now gone. A reminder for visiting birders. The main Central Zone waterfowl hunting season opens this coming Saturday October 25. Shooting ends at 12 noon on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. For the full schedule of which Units are potentially hunted and when, and a summary of shooting hours, see the GPFWA 2014-15 WATERFOWL DRAW SCHEDULE: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-gpfwa_waterfowl_schedule.pdf Note the revolving three Groups of Units for the draw. Each revolving Group has some Units that are hunted and some that are not. --Lee Sterrenburg, DNR bird monitoring volunteer Goose Pond FWA
2014-10-24 01:40:31
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Did I see the 2015 edition of the Friends of Goose Pond calendar available at the GPFWA office today? Are they also available on line?
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5th Annual Greene County Indiana
Marsh Madness Festival
February 28th – March 1st, 2014

Schedule of Events

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Marsh Madness Festival. Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, workers and vendors. What a show of birds! Weather cooperated. Check back later in the year for 2015 dates.


Schedule of Events - February 28 - March 1, 2014
Note: All venues are within Humprey's Park in Linton, IN unless a separate address is listed

Friday, February 28:
Venue: Linton, Indiana Elks Lodge
6:00pm - 10:00pm Marsh Madness Peabody Energy Kick-off Banquet
Music by Kade Puckett

Dinner and Soft Drinks, Cash Bar

Dinner menu: Roast beef, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, and cobbler for desert

$25.00 per person, tickets available online or by mail.
Keynote Speaker: Bob Russell, Region 3 Migratory Bird Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Live and Silent Auction

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at about 7:00 p.m.
Silent Auction ongoing from 6:00 p.m.
Live Auction with Monty & Stephanie McKim, Auctioneering, follows dinner.


Live Auction Donors

  • Abell Nursery, Bloomington
  • Marsh Madness Planning Committee
  • Trudy Calvert, Artist
  • Joe Lee, Illustrator
  • Lee Sterrenburg
  • LaCusinga Ecolodge, Costa Rica
  • Jane and Michael Steward
  • Julie Corbin 


Silent Auction Donors:

  • JoEtta’s Pizza Villa/Francisco de Borja – Rob Turpin, Linton
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, River’s Edge Shopping Center, Indianapolis
  • Flooring America of Switz City
  • Phil Harris Golf Course – Bart Beard, Linton
  • Main Street Gifts, Linton
  • Son Shine Shop, Worthington
  • Peggy Wolfe
  • Judy Powell
  • Upland Brewery, Bloomington
  • Stoll’s Country Inn, Linton
  • John Haywood, Bloomfield
  • Tim Kirsch, of “Home Tweet Home,” Solsberry
  • Ralph Fulford, Linton
  • Laura Kramer, of “The Painter’s Edge,” Linton
  • J.L.Waters Adventure Outfitters, Bloomington
  • Bender Lumber Company, Linton,
  • Zydeco Cajun Restaurant, Mooresville
  • Markle Music, Linton
  • Goose Pond Pizza, Linton
  • Tivoli Theater, Spencer
  • Indiana Limestone Symposium
  • Sportsman's Pub, Linton
  • George Sly
  • Brenda Wall
  • Indigo Birding/David Rupp
  • Cabela's, Louisville
  • Brooke's Candies, Dana, IN

Saturday, March 1st:

Tickets available at the door. $5 per person, or $15 per family of up to 5 persons

Venue: Roy Clark Community Center, Humphrey’s Park

9:00 AM-5:00 PM   Art & Craft Fair Exhibits are open
10:00-10:45 AM    Birds of Prey Presentation by Hardy Lake Raptors

                            Sponsored by Sullivan County Community Hospital   

11:00-11:45 AM    Living Snakes Presentation by Wabash Valley Herpetological Society

                                  Sponsored by Benefits 7

11:00 AM-1:00 PM Lunch Available, served by Linton First United Methodist Church

2:00-2:45 PM        Birds of Prey Presentation by Hardy Lake Raptors

                            Sponsored by Sullivan County Community Hospital

3:00-3:45 PM        Living Snakes Presentation by Wabash Valley Herpetological Society

                            Sponsored by Benefits 7


Venue: Scout Cabin, Humphrey's Park

10:00 AM &

1:00 PM   Showing of "Goose Pond: The Story of a Wetland and Its Neighbors," a film by Bill Barnes


Venue: East Cabin, Humphrey's Park

7:30am - 6:15pm Guided Bus Tours of Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife

                           Bus 1 sponsored by Bloomfield State Bank 
7:30am - 6:15pm Self-guided tours (maps available)
9:00am - 6:00pm Exhibitors, including Pam Kinneman, Fiber Arts


Venue: West Cabin, Humphrey's Park

9:00am - 3:00pm Kids’ Activities - Includes birdhouse construction, picture coloring, handouts & other activities


Venue: Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center

10:00am - 4:00pm

Featured artist: Trudy Calvert, Bloomington, TLC Creations: Art from the Heart


Venue: Field D Parking Lot, County Road 400 S

11:30am - 12:30pm Retriever Demonstrations by Josh Ward, OFE Retrievers

& 2:00pm - 3:00pm

 humprey  s park map




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