As we announced earlier, the in-person 2021 Marsh Madness activities were cancelled for safety reasons. We plan to hold the event as normal in 2022. For this year, we have collaborated with Indiana DNR and International Crane Foundation to prepare some online content that you can view below. There is also a virtual tour map around the property. Scroll through to see what the property has looked like for the past few weeks.
We hope you find this information interesting and helpful! Let us know what you think! Weather permitting, we will also be doing some pop-up Facebook Live sessions on the Friends of Goose Pond Facebook page on Saturday 2/27. Follow the FB page and set up notifications to know when the Live sessions are in process. Feel free to comment and make requests!
Welcome to Goose Pond FWA
Habitat and birdwatching at Goose Pond FWA
International Crane Foundation Slideshow
Virtual Marsh Madness Links
About The 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 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.”