Nature Feature: Tufted Titmouse
The tufted titmouse is a small North American songbird, distinguished by a gray crest on top of its head. Their backs are gray while the face and belly are white. Their songs are similar to whistles but they make a variety of sounds with similar tones. Titmice prefer to live in deciduous woods but also will make their homes in gardens, parks, and shrub areas. They are seen year round in Indiana.
The tufted titmouse is a foraging bird that usually finds food on tree branches but will hunt for insects on the ground. They have a special taste for caterpillars, but will also eat seeds, nuts, and berries. Learn about other plants and animals on the MY LAND page.
Outdoor Fun: Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt Design Contest
Indiana has many beautiful landscapes, interesting natural areas, and amazing wild creatures! Let us know what inspires you by entering our Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt design contest. Explore outside, then show us what you love about Indiana's natural world by drawing, painting or creating your design on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Learn more about the Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt Contest, and send in your entry by April 27, 2017 for a chance to see your design on a T-Shirt!
Zionsville Youth Learn to Love Nature
Zion Nature Center is on the grounds of Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville. It is adjacent to Zion Nature Sanctuary and is a prime spot for natural learning!
Mindy Murdock, the manager and interpretive naturalist at the nature center, has helped more than 2,500 Boone County kids claim their deeds to the Children of Indiana Nature Park! By promoting environmental education and the Children of Indiana Nature Park at each elementary school in Zionsville, she is helping kids learn to love their land. Plan your visit to Zion Nature Center and read Mindy's amazing story.