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Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
J Hengeveld Bloomington, South Central Anytime English
D Rupp Bloomington, South Central Anytime English, some Spanish
I've been a naturalist, wildlife biologist, and ornithologist in Indiana and North Carolina. I will soon be debuting a personalized nature guide service to south central Indiana. In the meantime, I would be glad to take anyone birding. Our region has lots to offer, from warblers to waders with different target species in each season. I visit places like Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest.
A Wilms Connersville Weekend English
My husband Carl and I are Resident Managers of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary that is owned by the Indiana Audubon Society. The 700 acre property has varied habitat and the best birding is during spring and fall migration however anytime during the year is delightful.

 

  C Murray Crawfordsville Anytime English
  I bird Lye Creek Prairie Burn daily. It is an 80 acre wetland restoration project 6.5 miles north of Crawfordsville.

From March 21 until the end of April the specialty is Smith's Longspur. In 2017 my latest was May 8.

The early birds are in winter plumage, but by the end of the first week of April some will be in breeding plumage. By the middle of April there will be a lot of breeding plumaged males.

In summer the specialty is Sedge Wren, usually at least 12 pairs. In most years they don't show up until the last week of July when the rice cutgrass they nest in has reached sufficient height. In 2016 they showed up for first nesting because the sedge had finally filled in a large enough area.
Area:
Lye Creek Prairie Burn

Area Birds:

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching


 
J Steensma Fort Wayne Anytime English, German (conversational)
I am in NE Indiana, which can be a phenomenal place to bird watch during migration. Winter and summer residents are nice as well. I know the area quite well and know a great many places to find 'specialty' birds. I am a professor and enjoy birding with people who get excited about being out doors!
C Pryor French Lick Weekend English
J Velasquez Hartford City Weekend English, Spanish
Close to 3 Indiana state parks that I bird frequently. Eeach are about 45 minutes away maximum. I travel often to bird and am close to 600 life species.


J Hill Indianapolis, Central Indiana, IN Anytime with week notice generally open English but accommodate anyone
Indiana Master Naturalist, Scout Leader, Bird Guy. I love to show people local birding sites, birds and nature.

I have Van and Scope and can do 1/2 day or full day. All I need is an excuse to take the day off.

I am ok with limited mobility folks or to hike 2-3 miles.
Area:
Eagle Creek, Fort Ben,Muscatatuck, Goose Pond

Area Birds:
Warblers in April, Various Species otherwise
Interests:
Nature: bird watching, twitching, butterflies, dragonflies wildflowers

M Ristow Indianapolis Weekend English, enough Spanish
S Nawrocki Indianapolis Anytime English, French
I have birded throughout the world (lifelist 1060) and have been helped by many wonderful and generous birders along the way. I would love to repay the favor by taking visitors to my favorite birding spots. As a biology & anatomy professor, I have a reasonably flexible schedule throughout the year.
J Byers Logansport Anytime English
I really enjoy watching and reading about birds. We have several beautiful parks, with trails and so many types of birds.
M Henschen Rossville Anytime English
P Scherer South Bend Anytime English
T Pearson West Lafayette Anytime English, some German
Celery Bog, which is a place I like to take visitors. The last time I was there, I found a pair of PROW! I also know a reliable place to find Cerulean Warbler.
W Homoya West Lafayette Weekend English


Local wildlife photographers

Birdingpal wildlife photographers, like Pals, do not get paid. So should he/she offer to take you out using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
J Moore Roanoke Weekend English
40+ years birding with strong interest in photography. Cerulean Warbler possible about an hour north.


Professional Guides

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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Indiana
Local weather Yahoo
Amos W. Butler Audubon Society Club
Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society Club
Evansville Audubon Society Club
Knob and Valley Audubon Society Club
Potawatomi Audubon Society Club
Robert Cooper Audubon Society Club
Sassafras Audubon Society Club
South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society Club
Stockbridge Audubon Society Club
Sycamore Audubon Society Club
Tippecanoe Audubon Society Club
Wabash Valley Audubon Society Club
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory Banding
Birds of Madison County Sites
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites