I spent this weekend in Linton, Indiana celebrating the restoration of a giant wetland, Goose Pond, and the return of an amzing variety of waterfowl.
I never saw Goose Pond.
I joined three other Noblesville area wildlife/outdoor artists to participate in an arts and crafts show. These artists included: Greg Adams, Bruce Neckar and John Bundy. We were hosted by Indianapolis photographer Wilbur Montgomery at his Lake cabin in Parke County.
When we arrived at the Linton City Park we were surprised to find the entire park under water. The Roy Clark Building, where we were to exhibit was on a bit or raised, and dry, land at the back. We plunged ahead and set up. It was a rainy miserable day. The park drained, but water kept falling and the crowds were thin all weekend. During the day the DNR, from Hardy Lake, displayed a variety of Indiana Raptors. Two or three times daily the gave a great lecture about the birds and their work.
Throughout the day folks stopped by and reported the birds that they had sighted including coots, sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, snow geese and a variety of ducks.
We didn’t take our work to the event to make money. It’s a cause in which we all beleive. This was a show of support. In spite of this we all were able to sell enough to leave pleased.
I did have an opportunity to spot some interesting birds. On the drive south from Brazil we came across a vulture eating carrion on the side of the road. Sartled it flew up and into the path of the car. John Bundy was driving and swerved to miss. The bird struck the radio antennae about two feet in front of me. I got a clear view and could identify it as the rarer black vulture.
On the drive home we drove for miles past the flooded Eel and White Rivers. Near the Eel River we spotted a bald eagle perched in a tree. Near Martinsville we were driving along flooded fields and I spotted quite a few coots. At dusk outside Paragon we noticed a flock of large birds flying parallel to the highway about 50 yards to our left. We speculated that these must be sandhill cranes. Sure enough we came upon hundred and hundreds of sandhills in the shallow floodwater.
In further support of the effort to restore and reclaim this marsh (and to get a nifty hat) I joind Friends of Goose Pond. Look into it. It’s a great effort.