Indiana Bicentennial Birding Big Year begins Jan. 1

Bird enthusiasts can celebrate the state's bicentennial by trying to find and log 200 bird species in 2016 as part of what the Department of Natural Resources is calling the Indiana Bicentennial Birding Big Year.

The "big year" begins Jan. 1 and continues through mid-December.

Birders who find at least 100 species will received a commemorative sticker or decal provided by the Indiana Audubon Society.

Birders who find at least 200 species will also be entered in a drawing for Indiana DNR annual entrance permits, DNR Inns gift cards, complimentary Indiana Audubon memberships, binoculars, tickets to the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival and more.

For more information, call the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center at (219) 926-1390 or visit

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