Central Indiana Birding Sites

The Central part of the state offers a great diversity of birding sites, with Indianapolis serving as a central hub for both resident and visiting birders.  The area includes the first of Indiana’s State Parks, large man-made reservoirs, as well as the Indiana Audubon’s flagship property, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.  Due to the proximity to Indy, many of these sites are heavily birded, and eBird hotspots often contain a good set of data for birders seeking out specific central Indiana species.


Celery Bog Nature Area

Brookville Lake

Cool Creek Park Nature Center

Cope Environmental Center

Eagle Creek Ornithology Center

Fort Harrison State Park

Hayes Arboretum

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

McCormick’s Creek State Park

Mounds State Recreation Area

Pine Creek Game Bird Habitat Area

Pine Hills Nature Preserve

Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Salamonie Lake

Stone Head Nature Preserve

Summit Lake State Park

Turkey Run State Park