Nature Feature: Indigo Bunting
The indigo bunting is a small migratory bird found in much of the United States during the summer and move south to Central America in the winter. They migrate during the night and use the stars to guide their path. When it is not migrating time, indigo buntings are solitary birds.
They tend to be found on the edge of forests in the brush, open forests, and even farm fields. They communicate through chirps and both males and females will use a sharp “chirp” as an alarm if their nests or chicks are being threatened. While perched, the birds will often swish their tails from side to side, so watch for movement in the trees!
Males are bright blue in the summer and brown during the winter while females are brown year-round. Their bodies are stocky with short, thick bills shaped like cones. Their tails are short and rounded.
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Eagle Creek Park
Eagle Creek has a wide variety of organized recreation and nature opportunities. There are shelters available to rent, playgrounds, miles of hiking trails, two State Nature Preserves, soccer fields, rentable garden plots, fishing, biking, boating - the options are almost endless!
With the Earth Discovery Center and Ornithology Center, visitors can take advantage of the public programs offered throughout the year including live bird of prey programs, weekend and evening hikes, owl and frog programs, nature discovery classes, art shows, and more. These two centers are also great if you are visiting the park and want to drop in to explore the exhibits and live animal displays, or if your group wants guided field trips at the park or lessons at your school or meeting place.
Dogs are welcome in the park and have the opportunity to run and play in a large fenced field, or if you are looking for adventures for yourself, consider the beach area open June and July, the GoApe TreeTop Adventure, rent a boat or take a guided canoe or kayak tour.
However you like to experience nature, there's a fit for you at Eagle Creek Park! Visit in spring for wildflowers blooming, summer for non-stop activity, fall to watch the leaves change color, or winter to experience the park at when it is more peaceful and less crowded.