Events: Monroe Lake Events January-February 2024

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Monroe Lake

February 2024 E-Newsletter

  • Winter Exploration Hikes, Jan. and Feb. dates
  • WINGS Expo, Jan. 21
  • Eagles Over Monroe, Feb. 1-4
  • Upcoming Virtual Programs
  • Virtual Program Collection: View on demand!

Monroe Lake Website: on.IN.gov/monroelake
Monroe Lake Program & Event Calendar: bit.ly/monroelakecalendar
Monroe Lake on Facebook: facebook.com/monroelake 


Winter Exploration Hikes, January and February

Our Winter Exploration Hike series features off-trail hiking through lesser-known areas of Monroe Lake. These are exploratory in nature so there is no “set” path; we’ll have a general route in mind, but plenty of freedom to veer off as things of interest catch our eyes. Hikers should be prepared for the possibility of rugged terrain, lack of formal toilet facilities, and lots of fun! Each hike lasts about 2 hours. These hikes are free but each is limited to 20 people (recommended for ages 12+).

  • Wed, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. (Kirks Ford – near Story): Sign up by Jan. 21 at bit.ly/weh-jan24-2024. *FULL (waitlist available at registration link)
  • Wed, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m. (Allens Creek SRA): Sign up by Feb. 4 at bit.ly/weh-feb7-2024. *FULL (waitlist available at registration link)
  • Wed, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. (Friendship Lane): Sign up by Feb. 18 at bit.ly/weh-feb21-2024. *FULL (waitlist available at registration link)

WINGS Mini-Expo, January 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monroe Lake has been a partner in WINGS since its inception in 2020. The goal of WINGS, which stands for Women in Nature Gaining Skills, is to encourage and empower women (ages 16+) with the skills and confidence they need to partake in outdoor recreation activities in the south-central Indiana area. Each WINGS event features women-led hands-on training, with the goal of building a community of women interested in outdoor recreation.

To kick off 2024, WINGS is holding a Mini-Expo in The Commons Building at Karst Farm Park in Bloomington on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No registration is required! Women are invited to drop by for a “sampling” of past and future event topics: foraging, fishing and casting, tent camping, archery, birding, seed sowing, and stand-up-paddleboarding. The Mini-Expo is open to anyone interested in learning more about WINGS, as well as past participants who want a sneak peek at the 2024 schedule.

Eagles over Monroe, February 1-4

Event Page at bit.ly/eom2024

“Eagles over Monroe” is an annual event that celebrates Monroe Lake’s unique history with the bald eagle, as well as its designation as a “hotspot” on the Indiana Birding Trail. Join us for four special days of programs highlighting bald eagles and other birds! Monroe Lake played a critical role in returning our nation’s symbol to our state’s skies. Thanks to the eagle reintroduction program that took place at Monroe Lake in the late 1980s, Indiana is now home to over 350 nesting pairs of bald eagles today!

This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Sassafras Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited in Bloomington.

*** 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬 𝗗𝗔𝗬 ***

Self-Guided Bald Eagle Driving Tour: Create your own self-guided driving tour during the peak of eagle-viewing season! Consult our online map for the best viewing locations and times, grab a pair of binoculars and a warm drink, and head out to Monroe Lake on your own schedule to look for eagles. Access the online, interactive map at bit.ly/monroelakeeagleguide.  

*** 𝗧𝗛𝗨𝗥𝗦𝗗𝗔𝗬, 𝗙𝗘𝗕𝗥𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝟭 ***

  • 9:30 a.m. Woods and Fields Birding Walk, Limited to 20 people, registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30. bit.ly/eom2024-woodsandfields *9 spots open
  • 2 p.m. Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike, Limited to 20 people, registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30. . bit.ly/eom2024-hackingtower *FULL (waitlist available at registration link)

*** 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬, 𝗙𝗘𝗕𝗥𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝟮 ***

*** 𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗗𝗔𝗬, 𝗙𝗘𝗕𝗥𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝟯 ***

  • 9:30 a.m. Lakeshore Birding Walk, Limited to 20 people, registration REQUIRED by Feb. 1. bit.ly/eom2024-lakeshore *11 spots open
  • 11 a.m. Species Spotlight: The Sandhill Crane, Limited to 40 people, registration AVAILABLE thru Feb. 1 (walk-ups welcome, if registration doesn’t fill or there are no-shows), bit.ly/eom2024-crane *27 spots open
  • 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Warming Station OPEN, bit.ly/eom2024-warming
  • 1:30 p.m. Return of the Bald Eagle, Limited to 40 people, registration AVAILABLE thru Feb. 1 (walk-ups welcome, if registration doesn’t fill or there are no-shows), bit.ly/eom2024-return *20 spots open
  • 3:30 p.m. LIVE Bald Eagle Show, $5/person, limited to 40 people, registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30, bit.ly/eom2024-eagle *FULL (waitlist available by emailing [email protected])
  • 5 to 6 p.m. Sunset Eagle Watch, No registration needed – just stop by! bit.ly/eom2024-sunset2

*** 𝗦𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗔𝗬, 𝗙𝗘𝗕𝗥𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝟰 ***

  • 9:30 a.m. 3-D Bald Eagle Paper Craft Workshop, $5/person, limited to 20 people (ages 8+), registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30, bit.ly/eom2024-paper *20 spots open
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Warming Station OPEN, bit.ly/eom2024-warming
  • 11 a.m. The Carrion Eaters, Limited to 40 people, registration AVAILABLE thru Feb. 1 (walk-ups welcome, if registration doesn’t fill or there are no-shows), bit.ly/eom2024-carrion *28 spots open
  • 1 p.m. LIVE Raptor Show #1, $5/person, limited to 40 people, registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30, bit.ly/eom2024-raptor1 *2 spots open
  • 3 p.m. LIVE Raptor Show #2, $5/person, limited to 40 people, registration REQUIRED by Jan. 30, bit.ly/eom2024-raptor2 *17 spots open

Upcoming Virtual Programs on Facebook LIVE

  • Thursday, January 25 at 11 a.m.: Cloudy Skies. A cloud is an aggregate of very small water droplets, ice crystals, or a mixture of both, with its base above the Earth’s surface. Monroe Lake’s Interpretive Naturalist, Jill Vance, will float you through the science of clouds… exploring what drives and influences their formation and looking at the incredible variety of clouds that you might see in the sky! Stream live at bit.ly/fblive-jan2024

  • Wednesday, February 21 at 11 a.m.: Elkinsville, the “Town that Was.” Elkinsville is probably the most well known of the “pre-reservoir” towns in the Salt Creek Valley. But how much do you really know about its history? Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s Interpretive Naturalist, will take you on a virtual tour through this historic community, explaining how the town developed and what happened to it after Monroe Lake was built. Stream live at bit.ly/fblive-feb2024

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