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End of year wrap up – Good bye 2016

Our Indiana Bicentennial Year has ended as has the Centennial of the State Park and National park systems.

We logged a total of 147 birds, 93 of which were in the State Parks and Reservoirs.

We visited all 24 state parks, 8 lakes and state recreation areas, all 3 national sites (seashore, memorial and national park).

We visited all 92 counties and several state historic sites.

I logged 68.81 hiking miles. ROC logged 27.16 hiking miles. SAC logged 55.96 hiking miles.

I logged 45.28 Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist volunteer hours and 14.65 IMN learning hours.

Highlights: Whooping Cranes, Pacific Loon, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Mississippe Kite, Wilson’s Snipe, Smith’s Longspur and Great Horned Owl on the nest.

We enjoyed seeing the state, driving the backroads and visiting the many beautiful small towns and county seats and visiting all the sites. Weather quite often seemed against us, but welcome to Indiana! We haven’t added up the miles driven, or the dollars spent. That may be added at a later date!

Lesson to be learned – Get out and visit your home state. You never know what’s around the bend!

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North-Central State Parks – October 30

We made a LONG one-day trip out of visiting Mississinewa Lake, Salamonie Lake and Ouabache State Park on October 30, 2016. We enjoyed our trip and ended up driving a total of 320 miles.

At Miami SRA (at Mississinewa) we saw several regular species including about 15 turkey vultures and 100 ring-billed gulls.

At Peoria SRA (also Mississinewa) we saw a Herring Gull – a new one for the IBBBY list!

The Interpretive Center was open at Salamonie – Amazing!!! And what a fantastic center it was. We hiked the Turkey Trot Nature Trail behind the Center.

At the Tailwaters, we enjoyed watching the antics of 2 juvenile bald eagles and 2 adults. The juveniles were a second/third year and a first year. We may have seen 5–2 of the juvies flying were too white to be first years.

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After a yummy late lunch at the Berg Ale Haus, Huntington, we drove on to Ouabache State Park and hiked around the bison enclosure. We were able to see Cindy, the new bicentennial bison baby – first female born there.

SAC took a bit of video of Cindy and an adult bison eating.

 

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Final Indiana State Park Visits

Trine, Chain O’ Lakes, Pokagon–November 13, 2016

We left early Saturday morning, November 12 for Fort Wayne. Stephanie had an author fair to attend at the Allen County Public Library. She was a speaker on the panel in addition to having her books in a booth. We had supper at Cheddars with a friend and stayed at the Quality Inn in Fort Wayne.

Let’s back up to Friday evening, when we had a voice mail on our phone informing us that our reservations for Sunday night at the Potawatomi Inn in Pokagon would not be honored. This was due to the deer hunt scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Since we weren’t hunters, we weren’t even allowed to stay at the Inn overnight, even though there was no mention of it when we made the reservations two weeks earlier. We would have to find alternate accommodations. I had to struggle to find mention of which parks were taking part in the deer reduction hunting as the DNR website DID NOT HAVE IT LISTED!

Very disappointed and angry about this, we only did a drive through of Chain O’Lakes, Pokagon and Trine, Marsh Lake, stopping only to get the SPRGO numbers, and to say we were in those parks in 2016.

Our visiting all the State Parks in the centennial year of the State Parks goal: Achieved.

We made sure to get all the counties in that area and then, since we didn’t have reservations for that night, ROC decided we were going to get the counties in the southeast part of the state that we had left to get.

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We headed south, getting various counties and driving by Levi Coffin House in Fountain City. After watching the super moon rise Sunday evening, we spent the night at the Comfort Inn in Richmond. We continued from Richmond towards Lawrenceburg and aurora along the Ohio River through Madison County then up I-65 to home.

We traveled 825 miles and got all the counties, or so we thought. ROC later decided we had not been in Starke County earlier in the year.

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ROC and SAC on the river walk in Lawrenceburg

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