Many species of birds can be seen right here in Northwest Indiana. The birds either call this area their home or are just passing through. The Lake County Parks offers a variety of programs through out the year giving you a chance to see and learn about these feathered friends. Check out our Birding calendar to see what events are going on at any of the Lake County Parks!

Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. You can  participate in one of two CBC’s circles in Lake County. Contact John Elliott at or Sand Ridge Audubon Society for the circle that includes Gibson Woods and part of north Lake County (count date is December 29); for southern Lake County, please contact Loyce Fandrei at count date, January 5). More information can be found online at

Backyard Bird Count

Need to get out of the house during these winter days but want to do something different? Join in a worldwide bird count right from the bird viewing room at Gibson Woods Friday February 15 through Monday February 18 from 11 AM-4 PM. Stop by any of these days and simply tally the numbers of the kinds of birds you see. We have tools for you to use on site. Help learn more about the birds of our neighborhood.