Christmas Bird Count

Event Information

5:21pm - 5:21pm

Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for an adventure on Friday, December 27. This 24-hour bird count encompasses the INDW 10-mile radius circle in Northwest Indiana. Families, students, amateurs, birders, and scientists alike, arm themselves with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists and go out on an annual mission anytime during this 24-hour period to count the world’s bird populations. There will also be a ranger-led hike offered at 10:00 am at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site in Indiana Dunes National Park.

The Audubon Society ( and other organizations use the data collected in this longest running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to guide conservation action. The event is free, but requires advance registration by December 27th. Register and learn more about where and when to conduct your counting or to join the hike by contacting ranger Christine Gerlach at 219-395-1885 or

Please note, the Singing Sands, park newspaper, has an incorrect time listed for this event. It is actually starting at 10:00 am rather than 8:00 am.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk


  • 1000 Riverwalk Dr
  • Portage, IN 46368