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Kankakee Sands

Morocco, IN

When to Visit:
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Kankakee Sands is a Nature Conservancy property that has undergone a massive restoration effort.  It is now one of the best marsh habitats in the state.

Specialty Species:

Blue Grosbeak:  In the summer, many pairs of Blue Grosbeaks nest on the property.  Drive the county roads slowly and watch for them to be perched up on the tall grasses.

Golden Eagle:  This site can be a good place to find Golden Eagles during the winter months.  Watch for eagles soaring above when driving.

Hawks:  During the winter, many hawks inhabit this area.  It is a very good spot to find Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks.

Sparrows:  Many sparrows can be seen throughout this property at different times of the year.  Henslow’s Sparrows nest on the property as do Grasshopper, Lark, and Vesper Sparrows.  During the winter, look for many resident winter species, including American Tree, Savannah, Swamp, and Song Sparrows.  During migration, Lapland Longspurs are present.  Smith’s Longspurs are also in the area but in much smaller numbers.

Yellow Rail:  Yellow Rails are seen or heard annually at this site during April.  It is the only somewhat reliable spot in Indiana to find this species.

Bitterns:  Check Unit L for American and Least Bitterns during the spring and summer.

Bell’s Vireo:  Look and listen for Bell’s Vireo as you drive around the property.

Where to Bird:

Bogus Island:  Park near the information stand and hike around the area looking for sparrows.

Prairie Chicken Refuge/Beaver Creek Nature Preserve:  While access to this site is limited to the roads surrounding it, it is still a great area to find nesting Lark Sparrows.  Drive slowly down CR 200 W looking and listening for Lark Sparrows and Blue Grosbeaks.

Unit L:  Park in the lot on the north side of CR 225 N east of US-41.  This is one of the best units for rails on the property.  During the winter, look for Golden Eagles soaring over the marshes.

Unit K:  Park in the lot on the north side of CR 225 N west of US-41.  Hike out into the marsh looking for sparrows.  Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks frequent this unit during the winter months.

Hours:

None Posted

Fees:

None

Accessiblity:

No handicap accessibility other than driving around the site which can be quite productive.

Trails:

There are rugged trails throughout the preserve.  Also, some areas require you to leave the designated trails.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

Half day visit is recommended

Map:

Website:

Directions:

From the South:  Take I-65 north to SR114 (Exit 215).  Turn left (west) onto SR114.  Go 11.25 miles and turn right (north) onto US41.  After 8.75 miles you will see a red building with the Nature Conservancy logo on it and a large Kankakee Sands sign to your left (west).  Turn into the driveway.  This is Bogus Island and The Nature Conservancy headquarters.  Stop here for a map and to bird Bogus Island.

From the North:  Take I-65 south to SR10 (Exit 230).  Turn right (west) onto US10.  Go 9.8 miles and turn left (south) onto US41.  After 6.8 miles you will see a red building with the Nature Conservancy logo on it and a large Kankakee Sands sign to your right (west).  Turn into the driveway.  This is Bogus Island and The Nature Conservancy headquarters.  Stop here for a map and to bird Bogus Island.

Address:

3294 North U.S. 41
Morocco, IN 47963
(219) 285-2184

*Do not use this address in Google Maps.  It will not lead you to Kankakee Sands.

Nearby Birding:

Willow Slough FWA