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"Wings Over Muscatatuck" Event This Weekend
Updated May 6, 2015 7:09 AM | Filed under: Event
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(MUSCATATUCK.) - This weekend will be a good one for nature lovers in our area. Jane Hays, Public Relations Manager for the Jackson County Visitors Center, says you are invited to come learn about birds at the "Wings Over Muscatatuck Bird Festival."

On Friday, Hays says there will be a guided birding trip on Muscatatuck by van from 8 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required. Beginning at 2 p.m., officials say there will be a "Big Tree Walk" leaving from the Refuge Visitor Center. The day wraps up at 8 p.m. with a program on "Calls of Frogs and Toads" and at 9 p.m. with an "Owl Prowl"

Events continue Saturday with a relaxing "Morning Bird Walk" at 8 a.m. Organizers say this event is open to all ages and abilities. From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., there will be "Birdhouse Building for Kids" where youngsters can make a wren house. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a variety of children's wildlife activities taking place. Other events scheduled for Saturday include a "Hawks and Eagles of Indiana" program with live birds, a chance to paint wild birds on canvas and a "Bird Calling Contest." Organizers add that there will be regular guided van tours of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge throughout the day.

The festival wraps up Sunday, with a guided van tour of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge near Madison. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Organizers say there is no charge for the tour, but advance registration is required and space is limited. To register for the Big Oaks Tour, call (812) 522-4352, ext. 12.

For more information about the festival program, or for an electronic brochure, email

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