Marsh Madness 2023 Details


Friday February 24th Kick-off event Linton Elks Club, Linton Indiana

Doors open at 5:00pm Full Buffet Dinner at 6:00pm

Silent and Live Auctions 

50-50 Raffle

Saturday, February 25th, 2023, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Roy Clark Building, Humphrey's Park, Linton, Indiana


Marsh Madness 2023 will kick off on Friday, February 24th! Linton Elks: Tickets $30 and include Saturday events.

Saturday February 25th: Roy Clark Building, Humphreys Park; Tickets $5 at the door or bus stop

  • Pick up maps for self-guided driving tours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Day-of tips where bird guides are posted.
  • Nature scavenger hunt with prizes
  • Birds of Prey 11:00 presentation and 2:30 presentation
  • Hoosier Herpetological Society "live reptiles and amphibians on display"
  • International Crane Foundation information table
  • Hands-on wildlife learning table
  • Marsh Madness cool merchandise available
  • Wilkes Food Truck on-site for breakfast and lunch (8:00am - 4:00pm)
  • Building Squirrel Feeders 10:00 am to 2:00 pm West Shelter House
  • First buses leave at 8:30 am Last bus leaves at 3:00 pm
  • Owl Pellet activity with Amy Kerns-10:00 Girl Scout Cabin
  • Author Nancy Grant;" Birds on the Move" 1:30 Girl Scout Cabin
  • Arts and Craft Vendors 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Roy Clark Building, Linton Park: Go to vendors for information.

Saturday February 25th: Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area Visitors Center 9am to 5pm

  • Master tracker program
  • Intl Whooping Crane Foundation Presentation -12:30 pm
  • Hope the Whooping Crane 9:30am and 1:30 pm
  • IWF/DNR trail dedication ceremony 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Nature trail walking tours
  • Whooping Crane foundation outreach table
  • Inside spotting scopes
  • Bus stops on guided wetland tour-2 buses with guided DNR guides

Wildlife Art Exhibition

 on Carnegie Heritage and Art Center

Featured Artist Carol Kiser

Reception and brief talk about nature photography 10:00 am


Art Gallery Exhibit

Kids' origami crane craft activity from ICF

Stream DVD "Story of a Wetland"

Special Hours Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Carnegie Heritage and Art Center
110 East Vincennes St., Linton, Indiana

Carol Chueden Kiser 2022

Originally from Shelbyville Indiana, I was born and raised amid cornfield, pastures, and tadpole laden ponds, inspired by summers filled with towering thunderheads, lightning bugs, and the beauty and mystery of the cycle of life. Greene County Indiana has always spoken to me, and I am glad I have made it my home. The natural beauty and richness of wildlife in this area, has inspired my artistic creations.

Nature, biology, animals as well as classic illustrators and painters from the mid 1800’s to the 1930’s are the muses that drive me. I have been a photographer/artist for over 40 years with disciplines in photojournalism for the Shelbyville News as a stringer then later full time in the late 90’s to 2004. I’ve also been a biomedical photographer at Indiana University Department of Anatomy, IU School of Medicine and Medical Media Methodist Hospital Indianapolis IN. Gaining my BFA from Herron school of Art and Design in 1979, I studied painting, printmaking and photography. I later branched out into the digital and graphic design world in 2000 at Ivy Tech State College.

Photography in the digital age provides new avenues to express one’s vision. An unknown digital artist summed it up rather succinctly: “A computer is to art what a typewriter is to a poem.” While most of my work has little or no manipulation other than what can be done in the conventional darkrooms of yesterday, I do re-imagine some of my photos as paintings. I may add a few layers and digitally paint in some more color or enhance clouds to make a scene as a painter might envision, or I may incorporate elements to create whole new worlds.

Carol Chueden Kiser
Artist/ Photographer
1898 E. Scotland Rd.
Bloomfield IN 47424
Facebook: Stone Branch Images

Goose Pond Visitors Center Exhibits

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
13540 W County Road 400 South
8:00am - 4:00pm


Marsh Madness 2023 would not be complete without stopping by the Goose Pond wetlands and our beautiful Visitors Center:

  •  Visitors Center inside exhibits open
  •  Aerial flyway and wetland functions displays
  •  Naturalists on hand to answer questions
  •  Enjoy beautiful panoramic views from the highest elevation in Goose Pond!
Visitors Center

About The Marsh Madness Festival

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 late February. Events include a kick-off banquet, craft fair, live birds of prey on display, informational and educational presentations, bus tours, self-guided tours, kid's 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.”

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