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Tippecanoe County outdoor happenings this weekend, Jan. 18-19

Mallards grouped together in a retention pond.
Mallards grouped together in a retention pond.Rosemary Halsema

With the weather forecast calling for the low 20’s, this weekend has some great outdoor options. Unfortunately, there probably won’t be enough snow for cross country skiing, there may be enough for sledding at Murdock. At this time, there’s no schedule for the snowmaker being used at Murdock. Keep in mind, Prophetstown St. Park is open, the farm is not open on weekends during the winter season. No fee for the park during winter.

Hiking advisory: Lowland flooding could still be affecting Prophetstown SP, trails 3&4. Parts of Wabash Heritage Trail are under water.

Jan. 18: Wolf Park’s Winter Wolves, 1-4 p.m. Come out for this winter festival at Wolf Park (link). The wolves are in full winter coats. Enjoy the tours, games, crafts for kids. Family friendly, great photo op venue, fee charged.

Out and about.

Jan. 18: Indiana Audubon Society, Eagle Field Trip 2014. This field trip starts in Parke County. Meet at 7 a.m. at the West Union covered bridge. From Lafayette, take US231 south to I 74, west to US41, south to Bloomdale, turn left (west) on the CR500N, continue to Tow Path Road and go north. Figure about 1.5 hours to get there. For internet directions, Parke County map (link) is a good resource. You can pre-register with Alan Bruner at 765-562-2741, abbird@att.net. Indiana Audubon Society (link). Family friendly, no fee.

Jan. 18: Sunrise Eagle Watch. Mississinewa Res. Pre-register 260-486-2127 (link). This field trip is along the Mississinewa Reservoir. The limestone cliffs were home to Eagles when the Miami tribe lived along the river. Today, the river is dammed and the Eagles are back. The Upper Wabash naturalist will lead this birding convoy to the most likely areas to see the magnificent birds. Family Friendly.

Jan. 18: Live Birds of Prey, 1 p.m. If you are in Zionsville for a day of shopping, head over to the Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St. for this awesome program. Mark Booth of Take Flight Wildlife Education (link) will bring in some raptors. School aged children and up. No fee.(link)

Coming up:

Jan. 28: CONSERVATION DAY at the STATEHOUSE pre-register online at conservationday.eventbrite.com. You can also register there on the 28th.