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Beehunter Marsh

Linton, IN

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Beehunter Marsh is a part of the bigger Goose Pond FWA.  It has hosted many great birds since it was established, and restoration was started in 2000.

Specialty Species:

Black-crowned Night-Heron:  Check the trees between the Farmhouse Driveway and the parking area of BH5A.  Many times in the early morning, they will sit up in the trees making them easy to find.

Least Bittern:  To find this species, walk the dikes of BH5A and the Farmhouse Driveway scanning the marshes and listening for their call.

American Bittern:  To find an American Bittern, walk the dikes of BH5A and the Farmhouse Driveway scanning the marshes and listening for their call.

King Rail:  Walk the dike through BH5A and the Farmhouse Driveway for the best chance at seeing or hearing this species. 

Sedge Wren:  Walk the Farmhouse Driveway for this species.  During the summer and early fall there should be many present.

Henslow’s Sparrow:  Walk the Farmhouse Driveway for this sparrow.  Hearing these birds is much easier than seeing them but with some patience you should be able to see one.

Common Moorhen:  To find this species, walk the dikes of BH5A and the Farmhouse Driveway scanning the marshes.

Where to Bird:

Old Farmhouse Driveway:  To bird this area, drive to the end of the road and park.  Walk back along the road and on the dikes to view many marshes and have a chance at many species.  Many grassland species use the area east of the road while the marsh species use the area west of the road.  Many Dickcissels, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks use this area.  King Rails are also found on either side of the road.

BH5A:  Walk the dikes around and through the marsh.  Depending on the time of year, you can see many shorebirds, waterfowl, or raptors.  Walking the dikes will give the best chance to see King Rail. 

BH2:  To bird this unit, walk up onto the dike from the parking area and scope the unit from here.  This unit sometimes holds many species of waterfowls.  Depending on the time of year, you may also find terns, herons, and egrets.

Hours:

Open at all times

Fees:

No Fee.  Be sure to get a day use permit at the Self-Service and Information Booth located in the BH1 parking area.  It is shown on the map with a Y. This is important for the property because gives the management an idea to the number of birders using the property and can lead to the property being properly managed for the benefit of birds.  Be sure to drop your day use at the Self-Service and Information Booths.  A pass from Goose Pond FWA is also valid at Beehunter Marsh and vice versa.

Accessiblity:

Trails are rugged and not handicap accessible.

Trails:

Many trails are located throughout the property.  You can also walk along the dikes throughout the marshes.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

A half day or full day visit is recommended when visiting both Beehunter and Goose Pond.

Map:

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Directions:

Beehunter Marsh is located just south of Linton in southwest Indiana. 

From the North:  From the intersection of SR54 and SR59 in Linton, go south 2.75 miles on SR59.  When you get to a sweeping right curve, you will turn left (west) while on the curve.  This is CR200S.  Continue east for 2.1 miles and then turn right (south) into the Self-Service and Information Booth located in BH1.  Here you can pick up you Day Use Pass and check for recent bird sightings.  From this parking area, cross CR200S and continue north on CR1000W.  Turn right (west) when CR1000W dead ends into CR100S.  After crossing the bridge, immediately turn left (north) into the parking area for BH5A.  After birding this unit, continue east on CR100S.  After 6/10 of a mile turn left (north) onto the Old Farmhouse Driveway (no sign – if you reach the next bridge you have gone too far and have left the property).  Once you have finished birding, exit the property the same way you entered.

From the South:  From Sandborn, Indiana take SR59 north for 7.75 miles and turn right (west) onto CR200S.  Continue east for 2.1 miles, and then turn right (south) into the Self-Service and Information Booth located in BH1.  Here you can pick up you Day Use Pass and check for recent bird sightings.  From this parking area, cross CR200S and continue north on CR1000W.  Turn right (west) when CR1000W dead ends into CR100S.  After crossing the bridge, immediately turn left into the parking area for BH5A.  After birding this unit, continue east on CR100S.  After 6/10 of a mile turn left (north) onto the Old Farmhouse Driveway (no sign – if you reach the next bridge you have gone too far and have left the property).  Once you have finished birding, exit the property the same way you entered.

Address:

None Available

Nearby Birding:

Goose Pond FWA
Greene Sullivan State Forest