The Audubon Society has opened a new birding trail across the state, which will give Hoosiers additional chances to glimpse some of the state’s more than 400 bird species.
The Indiana Birding Trail includes locations in five Indiana regions and represents 60 of Indiana’s best birding locations, according to the Herald Republican.
Among these locations are Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers, Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve in Fort Wayne, Yellowwood State Forest in Nashville, Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve in Evansville and Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette.
Bird populations in the United States have declined nearly 30% since the 1970s, according to a report from Cornell University, and birding trails allow land to be protected for use by birds and other Indiana wildlife.
The trail was established through a partnership with the Audubon Society, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Friends of Limberlost and the Steuben County, South Bend and Indiana Dunes tourism offices, among others.