Muscatatuck NWR (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/muscatatuck) is Indiana’s oldest national wildlife refuge (1966), located just 2 miles east of I-65 in Seymour. It is 7,802 acres of shallow lakes, bogs, prairie, and lowland forest. It is a stop-over for many migratory waterfowl, including Whooping cranes and Sandhill cranes. Tundra Swans overwinter here, and river otters were reintroduced in 1995.
While we headed south to Muscatatuck on Monday to see the sandhill cranes, most of the birds had disbursed from the refuge to forage in the surrounding farmland. There were many in flight however, and as we hiked the wet trails, their calls reverberated through woods.