The Carol Cook
Wetland Overlook at 582 Burdick Road in Jackson Township will officially
open during this year’s Dunes Birding Festival, with a dedication ceremony
at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, followed by a meeting of Boy Scout Troop 929 at
Birders and the
community at large alike are invited by the Porter County Chapter of the
Izaak Walton League of America to attend the opening of the site, named for
Carol Cook, a local artist and life-long Northwest Indiana conservationist.
The Ikes and Troop
929 have been worked toward this day for over a year: the Porter County
Chapter’s mission is the conservation of wild spaces and Troop 929 accepted
the challenge of building a boardwalk and overlook viewing platform. To give
birders easy year-round access to the site--and magnificent views of
waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds--the Ikes also built a small parking lot.
Meanwhile, the Ikes
will work with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove invasive
phragmite this summer and continue to keep it as “native” as possible for
4-H Club was involved as well in this project by raising funds and
contributing an Osprey nesting tower to be erected this spring by Izaak
Walton League member Jim Phares.
Phares is the
wetland owner, scout father, and overlook neighbor, and has been restoring
the wetland on his property for 25 years.
You can find the
overlook site on Google Maps at ‘Carol Cook Wetland Overlook-IWLA PCC’ 582
Burdick Road, Westville, Ind.
The overlook is
listed in the Indiana Audubon Birding Festival Guide and will be featured
during the Dunes Birding Festival this week. During the festival, you can
meet chapter members at their annual birdhouse building booth for families
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Dunes State Park Nature
Visitors to the
overlook are encouraged to add their experiences to the site’s Facebook
information about IWLA-PCC, visit NWIconservation.org or FB @PCCIWLA