2019 Marsh Madness – March 1st & 2nd

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2019 MM Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 1st 2019

Venue: Goose Pond FWA
  Birding 101 – a classroom/field experience for beginning birders.
This is a members-first event with a maximum of 15 participants. More information to follow.

Venue (
and times to be determined)
Exhibit by the Indiana Wildlife Artists organization.
2:00P-5P – Artist’s Reception sponsored by Friends of Goose Pond

Venue: Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center
March 4th- 23rd. The exhibit by Indiana Wildlife Artists will continue.

Venue:  Linton Elks  SR 54 E.

Kickoff Banquet

5:00PM Doors open.
Cash Bar open.

5:50PM Welcome comments – Dane Strahle, President, Friends of Goose Pond

6:00PM Buffet dinner line opens.

7:30PM Keynote Speaker Dr. Henry Loope, Research Glacial Geologist – Indiana University.

8:00PM  Live Auction with Auctioneer Brian Woods.

9:00PM Closing remarks and auction checkout

Saturday March 2nd 2019

Venue:  Roy Clark Community Building in Humphreys Park

7:30AM – 7:00PM Self-guided driving tours (see map)

8:00AM – 4:00PM Fish King Concessions

by Trent Wilkes

9:00AM – 4:00PM Art & Craft Fair

10:00AM – 4:00PM Live Birds of Prey display

10:00AM – 10:45AM Hardy Lake Birds of Prey Program

10:00AM – 4:00PM Wabash Valley Herpetological

Society Live Reptile & Amphibian Display
11:00AM-2:00PM – Presentations on Owl pellets, Goose Pond Birds and Invasive Plants

2:00PM – 2:45 PM Hardy Lake Birds of Prey Program


Venue:  Girl Scout Cabin in Humphreys Park

11:00AM – 11:45 AM An Owl Pellet Activity for Kids Young and Old. Amy Kearns. Join Amy for a hands-on investigation of the diet of the barn owl. Become a bio-detective as you dissect an owl pellet and identify their favorite prey.

12:00PM – 12:45 PM Birds of Goose Pond FWA Month by Month. Jim Brown will present attendees with information about the what and when of Goose Pond birds. This presentation
will be very helpful as you plan your next visits to GPFWA.

1:00PM – 1:45PM The Invasive Plant Problem in Indiana. Amber Slaughterbeck, Regional Director of the Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management Project, will discuss invasive non-native plants, the problems they create, and how to manage these destructive aliens.


Venue:  East Cabin in Humphreys Park

8:30AM – 5:00PM Bus Tours of Area (Refer to bus schedule in this guide)

9:00AM – 5:00PM Also at the East Cabin, Goose Pond: The Story of a Wetland and its Neighbors. This award winning documentary by Bill Barnes will play throughout the day.

Venue:  West Cabin in Humphreys Park

9:00AM – 3:00PM Kids’ Activities, Bird House Construction. Open to kids 12 & under who are accompanied by an adult.

 Arts and Crafts Fair


2018 Festival Guide

Start Your Saturday here

Then on to Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area Visitor Center

The Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival is a community-based event timed to coincide with the peak Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County, Indiana. Festival headquarters are at Humphrey’s Park in
 the nearby city of Linton. The Festival takes place in early March. Events include a kick-off banquet, craft fair, live birds of prey on display, informational and educational presentations, bus tours, self-guided tours, kids activities, and much more.  
The 2010 inaugural Festival was a huge success and provided a solid foundation for the future growth of the crane celebration. The Festival is put on by the Friends of Goose Pond in partnership with Goose Pond FWA and with the help of many civic organizations and businesses from Greene County and beyond. Numerous conservation organizations also contribute help. The Festival vision statement from early grant applications reads: “Marsh Madness will be a destination for visitors from across the Midwest by celebrating the County’s richly abundant and inherently beautiful natural areas, the centerpiece of which will be the spring migration of waterfowl and cranes to Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. Interpretive programs and educational materials and artistic displays will inspire Festival goers while instilling in them a strong conservation ethic.”