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Check out the Duck Banding Project pics at the 2014 Festival of the Cranes November 18-23, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro New Mexico A fine duck event with lots of waterfowl. My gloss on the Festival: The Bosque del Apache Festival of Cranes is one of the most famous and successful of its kind. The Refuge Facebook is well worth looking at especially for the stunning crane photography at this time of year. The Festival Brochure (link on the FB) has an impressive array of events with many on photography. Bird numbers at the Festival? The NWR bird survey for 11/18/14 (as reported on the FB) included an estimated 40,050 Light Geese (Snow and Ross's Geese), 71,447 Ducks, 10,453 Sandhill Cranes, and 28 species of raptors. Lots of birds. Waterfowl numbers topping 100,000. Our local scene and counterpart? Late February and early March. The Friends of Goose Pond Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival at Goose Pond FWA in Greene County Indiana had an estimated 20,000 Snow Geese last year on March 1, 2014. Our MM Festival high for Sandhill Cranes for one day was 11,200 Sandhills on March 6, 2010. Marsh Madness weekend next year will be on March 6-7 2015 .--Lee Sterrenburg DNR bird monitoring volunteer Goose Pond FWA
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Speaking of getting your goose on, here's biologists Ashlee Inslee Mertz and John Vradenburg who hosted a duck banding project this morning with some very fine feathered and non-feathered friends!
2014-11-20 19:06:36
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A Goose Pond adventure. Please share.
I'm a public-lands duck hunter, and I'm insane
Ryan Sabalow offers a look into the life of a public-lands duck hunter.
2014-11-20 16:12:31
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The 2015 Friends of Goose Pond calendar can be purchased at the Goose Pond barn, Main Street Gifts in Linton, or from www.friendsofgoosepond.org. The calendar is $10.00 and shipping is $2.00. What a great stocking stuffer!
2014-11-20 02:13:33

Friends of Goose Pond Annual Meeting

Date: December 3rd, 2014

Place: Pepperoni Grill, Bloomfield

Time: 6:00 PM

Details coming soon


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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