Did you see a rare or unusual bird?
Evansville Audubon Society does not maintain a local hotline, deferring instead to the Indiana Internet site referred to as IN-BIRD.
Want to know about the thousands of sandhill cranes that began migrating across Indiana during the first week in March? Did you know that the sandhills cranes closest to Evansville were spotted along the Alcoa Highway near Sharon Road? Want to know who saw the first nesting mourning dove in late February? Did you know you could see a trumpeter swam in southern Indiana? Want to see pictures of some of these birds? That and more is available through IN-BIRD, the Indiana lists are supported by Indiana University.
IN-BIRD allows you to receive daily e-mails from folks all over Indiana reporting what they're seeing--or not seeing. To take advantage of the daily postings, you have to subscribe, but the subscription rate is priced just right: it's free. Before you make up your mind, however, you may want to see what IN-BIRD is all about. Go to the archive site at and check out recent postings. They're arranged in reverse chronological order, the most recent first. Or you can use the built-in search engine to locate only those postings about sandhill cranes, for instance.
If you like what you see, subscribe at the same site. IN-BIRD replaces the phone-in Indiana Hot Line, formerly used for reporting rare and unusual species sighted in Indiana.
In addition, check out Indiana Audubon Society's online birding guide at for recommended birding hotspots throughout the state.