Birds, Birds, Birds

Many species of birds pass through Northwest Indiana during the spring and fall migration and many stop to rest and feed in natural areas, like Gibson Woods, that contain insects, caterpillars and other sources of food that help sustain migrating birds on their journey. That means we get a chance to see many colorful birds along the trails and at our feeders.

A wonderful way to spend some time, especially in late April and May, is to walk slowly along the trails or sit quietly in the wildlife observation room at the Gibson Woods Environmental Center. You'll likely see Baltimore Orioles, hummingbirds, bright yellow Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and many other gorgeous birds.

Photo by James Strange

Coopers Hawk Chicks

While you're at the park, don't forget to check out the displays, including an impressive collection of taxidermy mounts of birds and other animals inside the center. The animal mounts, labeled with names and information, allow visitors to get a good look at many birds and animals that they wouldn't be able to get close to in the wild. None of the animals were killed for display purposes. All came by way of donations to the park department for educational purposes.

spring and Fall Migration Hikes

  • at Gibson Woods 
  • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Free, ages 12 +
  • Reservations Required: call 219-844-3188
  • Click here to check out specific dates on the calendar

In the spring and fall, songbirds are migrating and it can be challenging to figure out who is who. Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a walk through the trails at Gibson Woods to learn a few tips on identifying these long distance travelers as they make their way north for the summer/south for the winter.