Mar. 2: Waterfowl and Eagles Field Trip, Sycamore Audubon Society (link). Meet at Celery Bog in the gravel parking lot at 8 a.m. This is the peak of spring waterfowl migration. During this half day field trip ducks, geese, cranes and various other waterfowl may be seen. Family friendly, no fee.
Mar. 2: Wolf Park Howl Night, 7:30 p.m. Family friendly, fee charged. Wolf Park (link). This is an outdoor program so bundle up. Wolf Park staffers will present a talk on wolf behavior then will enter the enclosure for interaction with the wolves.
Mar. 2-3: Maple Syrup Festival, Parke County (link). 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Head to the Parke County Fairgrounds on US 41 north of Rockville (travel time about 1 ½ hour). Booths of several varieties and a pancake breakfast. Throughout the county are sugar camps, including one nearby, where the process of making maple syrup can be seen. Family friendly, venue is free, items are for sale.
March-April: Photos exhibit at the West Lafayette Library, 100 year commemoration of the 1913 flood. This March marks the 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood. This is still the greatest flood on record in Lafayette. (2005 broke the record on the Wildcat, but not the Wabash)
Migrating bird update: Sandhill Cranes are flying over on their way to Jasper-Pulaski (link). Worth the trip to see thousands of cranes there. Watch for cormorants, coots, grebes and various ducks. Eagles are still active in the downtown area. Turkeys are starting to nest so the rafters are disbanding. Turkey vultures are back and may be mistaken for either turkeys or immature eagles at a glance.
Trails update: Recent rains have sent the Wabash out of its banks in low areas, affecting the county portions of the Wabash Heritage trail. City paved portions are currently above the water line. Upland trails in West Lafayette are open.