Our Opinion: Marsh Madness to showcase local asset

Friday, March 2, 2018

Greene County is full of beautiful treasures hidden among its vast terrain, and this weekend will showcase one of the many.

As you drive south on State Road 59 from Linton to Sandborn, you canít miss the marsh that lines both sides of the road in Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. But, the area of the land visible as you drive past in your car is just a small fraction of the vast beauty that is Goose Pond FWA.

In order to bring focus on all that Goose Pond has to offer, the annual Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival will kick off this weekend.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources states Goose Pond FWA encompasses 9,018 acres of prairie and marsh habitat, which is host to around 12,000 wildlife watchers each year.

In recent years, a visitorís center was constructed, boasting a 6,840 square-foot building with a beautiful view of the terrain for miles. Spectators can stand inside the building with its large glass windows offering a wide view, or stepping outside with your lens to take a clearer look. Itís supposed to be sunny and in the 50s this weekend, so bring a jacket and your binoculars.

This yearís event should include an awesome show for the birdwatchers, as organizers expect to see sandhill cranes, white whooping cranes, snow geese, mudhens, mallard ducks and white North American pelicans around the FWA.

The program encourages a tour of the habitats, but the event isnít just for birdwatchers.

There will be plenty happening at Lintonís Humphreys Park, which will be educational and also fun. Youth can build birdhouses or dissect owl pellets, spectators can learn about the creatures that visit Goose Pond and patrons can view a documentary film about Goose Pond produced by Linton native Bill Barnes.

This list is just small preview of all the Friends of Goose Pond are doing to highlight a little section of our great county. You can see the full list of events on our website at www.gcdailyworld.com.

The program brings out a lot of area residents, but it also draws in people from all over the state and some from outside the state. Encouraging tourism is what will keep our area thriving, and this festival is just one small piece of the incredible work being done in our area.