NATURE PROGRAMS AT FALL FESTIVAL
SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR — We have a couple of entertaining Nature Programs
scheduled for our Fall Festival this year.
SCALES and TALES
Brad Bumgardner, Interpretive Naturalist at the Indiana State Park will present “Scales and Tales”. Meet some of the resident Indiana Dunes reptiles up close, as well as the stories behind them during this 30-minute program.
HOOTS TO HOWLS
Get acquainted up close and personal with some of Indiana’s big birds. Kim Hoover, State Licensed rehabber and wildlife educator, from “Hoots to Howls” Wildlife Rehab Center will present an entertaining and educational program featuring live native Owls. Campers of all ages will enjoy Kim’s presentation on native wildlife species and habitat.
THIS IS IN ADDITION TO …..
The FREE PIG ROAST, LIVE MUSIC, CAMPING KNOW-HOW SEMINARS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, DOORBUSTER PRIZES, MORNING COFFEE & DONUTS, CAMPFIRE POPCORN & COMRADERY, 200 RVs OPEN FOR BROWSING, ETC.
MORE DETAILS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS
Camp at these locations and they are now worth 25 points.
These parks have special bonus points for activities specified in this Post.
The first park is the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore. Camp at Dunewood Campground and this will earn you 25 points ,plus the possibility of Special Bonus Points. This is an opportunity for the bird watchers to score. While at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, take pictures of and correctly identify 5 species of birds,you earn 3 points,same as before,but if you find, photograph, and correctly identify more than 5 species you get 3 points for each group of five. If you take photos of 15 species of birds you will earn 9 points, if they have a “a” or “c” symbol in the column for the time of year when the pictures were taken in the table titled “Birds of the Indiana Dunes A Seasonal Checklist “. If the bird species has a “u”.”r”,”x”, or “i” then you earn 3 points per species. The rarity of the typical bird sightings determines how many bonus points.
The second additional camping location being added to the Destination Parks is Tippecanoe State Park. If while camping at Tippecanoe State Park, you go and visit Dunn Bridge and take a picture with a teammate wearing the AC Race tee shirt you earn 6 extra bonus points for a total of 9 bonus points.(3 for the normal old bridge picture plus the 6 Special Bonus Points. Dunn Bridge is in Southern Porter County,In, about 29 miles away from Tippecanoe State Park, the park is near Winamac, IN .
Special Bonus Points can be earned if you play at least nine holes of Disc Golf, in one session of DG at one of the following parks. Lemon Lake, Hidden Lake,(Lake County,IN} or Rogers Lakewood Park in Valparaiso,IN. A picture of your score card ,a picture of you in the Amazing Camp-Land Race shirt while on the Disc Golf Course,and the closest hole# to you when the picture was taken will earn you 9 Special Bonus points.
A NEW ACTIVITY CHALLENGE
Find a patch of Spotted Touch-Me-Not flowers (sometimes called Jewelweed). They usually grow in patches in a damp sunny place, 3-5 feet tall, and have small pointed seed pods that pop open when touched. Kids of all ages are fascinated by touching the explosive little green pods. Flowers are bright yellow with orange spots. Humming Birds love the flowers. Three points for a photo of yourself in the patch. Plus an extra 3-point bonus for a recognizable action photo of a pod exploding. If you are really, really lucky and get a photo of a Humming Bird feeding at a flower, that would be worth another 3 points.
Team Bates bird photographs.
Here are Team Bates bird pictures. They were taken at Starved Rock State Park, and Brown County State Park.
Wild Turkey..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL
A migrating Pelican..Photo by Team Bates, at Starved Rock State Park. Near Utica,IL
American Barn Owl ,picture taken by Team Bates at Presentation at Brown County State Park by Indiana Raptor Center
Eastern Screech Owl. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.
Red Tailed Hawk. Presented by Indiana Raptor Center. Presentation at Brown County State Park.Photo by Team Bates.
THE AMAZING RACE IS UNDERWAY!