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    Indiana's Goose Pond Marsh Madness bird festival, Mar. 2-4

    Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area’s annual Marsh Madness bird festival takes place March 2-4 at multiple locations around Greene County.

    The festival celebrates the county’s abundant natural resources during the peak of the annual sandhill crane and waterfowl migration. Visitors will get to enjoy interpretive programs, educational materials and artistic displays among other hands-on events.

    The fun kicks off on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Linton Elks Lodge with a wine tasting event featuring wines from Oliver Winery, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction and a cash bar.  The Friday kick-off, which ends at 10 p.m., is underwritten by Peabody Energy.  Proceeds from the night’s event will go toward the Goose Pond Visitors Center. Tickets for the night are $30 apiece.  Tables seating eight and 10 people are also available for purchase, although the number of tables is limited. Friday night’s tickets are valid for admission to Saturday’s events.

    Single tickets for the Saturday, March 3 events cost $5 each. Children age 3 and younger are free. Activities, which run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., include self-guided tours of the surrounding area during which participants can marvel at the annual bird migration. Guided bus tours departing from the East Cabin in Humphreys Park will run hourly throughout the day. The Hardy Lake bird rehabilitation program will display live birds of prey. There will also be activities for children, speakers, workshops, and an arts and crafts exhibit and sales.

    Admission on March 4 is free for all. The craft-and-vendor fair and various activities for children will run from noon to 5 p.m.

    For more information, visit <a href="http://www.marshmadness.info/">marshmadness.info</a> or call (812) 659-9901.

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