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Community Spotlight: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

Andy Mohr Collision Center Blog

Posted: February 17, 2021

Just outside Indianapolis’s hustle and bustle is a bluff overlooking a bird sanctuary—the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. At the Ornithology Center, you can get away from the city without traveling far and observe birds in their natural habitat. Take a beat, learn about birds, and relax while in nature.

History of the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center is a part of Eagle Creek Park as a whole. The building where the Ornithology Center is now was originally the private library of J.K. Lilly Jr., the brother of Eli Lilly.

Around 1980, the library transitioned into Eagle Creek Park’s Nature Center. This building remained the Nature Center for 30 years, welcoming many visitors.

In 2010, the Eagle Creek Park’s Nature Center was renovated and reopened as the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. The Ornithology Center focuses primarily on birds and bird watching. The building was renovated to includeHistory of the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center is a part of Eagle Creek Park as a whole. The building where the Ornithology Center is now was originally the private library of J.K. Lilly Jr., the brother of Eli Lilly.

Around 1980, the library transitioned into the Eagle Creek Park’s Nature Center. This building remained the Nature Center for 30 years, welcoming many visitors.

In 2010, the Eagle Creek Park’s Nature Center was renovated and reopened as the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. The Ornithology Center focuses primarily on birds and bird watching. The building was renovated to include

Things To Do At the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

Since the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center’s opening, they have hosted over 150 public programs each year that focus on education and fun when learning about birds from the Indiana and Midwest area.

You can start your visit to the Ornithology Center inside the 800-square-foot exhibit hall. Featuring forest, grassland, pond, and wetland habitats—with taxidermized birds from these environments—you can tour through and learn about how these birds survive in their surroundings without having to step outside.

There are also hands-on kiosks devoted to learning about specific birds, including their migration patterns and calls. Some of these kiosks also have interactive maps to show you the best birding trails.

If you head toward the south end of the building, you’ll find the Observation Deck. The Observation Deck includes an outdoor bird checklist and a detailed map of the park. With these, you can find out what birds have been spotted over time. The Observation Deck gives you a view of the entire sanctuary, so you can spend some time spotting various birds and ducks.

Want to Meet a Raptor?

You can visit resident birds who have been injured and can no longer survive in the wild. They are now healthy and spend their lives at the sanctuary. These birds work as ambassadors for environmental awareness and education.

If you love walks in nature, consider joining the Sunday Morning Bird Walks. Members of the W. Butler Audubon Society conduct these walks. Make sure you bring some binoculars, so you can spot some birds while you walk!

Visit the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center

From bird watching to trail walks, there is a ton to do—and many different birds to see—at the Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center. Want to keep up with all the events and activities the Ornithology Center has to offer? Like their Facebook page. They post regular updates to their hours, events, bird photos, and even introductions to new birds in the area.

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