October Big Day – McVey Memorial Forest

Oct. 8 | 9-11:30 a.m.

For one of the many October Big Day events being held across the state on Saturday, October 8, our chapter is participating in a bird walk to be held at McVey Memorial Forest, in Randolph County.

Kamal Islam (Ball State’s resident ornithologist a board member of the Robert Cooper Audubon Society) and/or his graduate students will lead the walk through this 249-acre Red-tail Land Conservancy property.  McVey features “three scenic natural trails” that “meander through diverse landscapes and habitats along Bush Creek, with an overlook of the Mississinewa River.” 

Sixteen different October Big Day bird walks are being sponsored on October 8 by the Indiana Audubon Society, in partnership with the Indiana Land Protection Alliance, to introduce Hoosiers to properties that are owned by Indiana land trusts.  In the process, participants will be able to contribute to citizen science in our state!

All walks are free, but participants are asked to pre-register online.  Be sure to bring your binoculars & field guide, water, snacks, appropriate weather gear, and good hiking shoes or boots. 

Participants for the McVey Memorial Forest walk should gather at the property’s southernmost parking lot.  (See map.)  Set your GPS for 8089 W. County Road 700 N., Farmland.

(Photo courtesy of Red-tail Land Conservancy.)

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