Take a Picture at Goose Pond, Win a Car

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 08/06 2014 05:22PM

Updated 08/06 2014 06:27PM

"we haven't seen any raptors today, other than one eagle," Bob Kissel of Bloomington said. 

Kissel comes bird watching at Goose Pond in Greene County two or three times a month.

"There have been some really rare, rare birds that have shown up that no one would have ever expected," Kissel said. 

He calls the more than 8,000 acres of nature and wildlife a hidden gem of the Wabash Valley.

"A couple years ago there was a spotted red shank which is a bird from Eurasia which wanders after breeding and just showed up and someone found it, and hundreds of people came out here," Kissel said. 

The Nature Conservancy wants more people to visit Goose Pond.

So if you come here over the course of the next 60 days and take a picture of yourself on the grounds and then post it to the organization's website, you could win a brand new car.

"If you're a really expert photographer or have the long lenses we have a lot of photographers that come out here and get some really good wildlife pictures," Feaster said. 

Feaster is the south region land supervisor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

He says between 12-15,000 thousand people visit Goose Pond annually.

A tally DNR wants to see grow.

"A lot of the people that come out here are driving down the highway and they're like what in the world is this?" Feaster said. 

And soon this white tent will help people answer that question.

It will be transformed into a visitors center, enhancing the overall guest experience.

"That visitors center will give them that anchor that place to come to we're going to have some interpretive items for them to look at it and learn a little bit about the history of goose pond," Feaster said. 

One that this bird-watcher already sees as crystal clear.

"Anything that brings people out here is great," Kissel said.

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