Goose Pond, Indiana

This little gem in Greene County, Indiana is the quintessential example of “if you build it, they will come.” 

Indiana DNR purchased the property in 2005 with the help of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Department of Transportation, United States Fish & Wildlife Service and many other organizations. Prior to acquisition, the previous landowner entered into a permanent easement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This permanent easement was part of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and consisted of 7,200 acres. NRCS then assumed responsibility for the wetland restoration.

Since then numerous Whooping cranes use the property, either when they’re passing through, or now that weather patterns are changing, a number stay for the entire winter season. At last count (a week ago) there were twenty Whooping cranes in the area.

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Recently, someone brought some photos to my attention and I reached out to the photographer who agreed to share them with you.

Many thanks to Brian Killion for the fantastic photography!

Two male Whooping cranes at Goose Pond. Number’s 18-03 and 38-09. Photo: Brian Killion

Two pairs include: #W3-10 and #8-04 along with #9-05 and #13-03. Photo: Brian Killion

Female #32-09 and male #19-10 in flight. Photo: Brian Killion

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  1. Mindy December 2, 2017 12:13 pm

    Thank you for the pics Mr. Killion and to Goose Pond for this great shelter for Whoopers and Sandies.

  2. Cheryl N. December 1, 2017 3:49 pm

    Thank you for the update and information about how the land became a protected site. Kudos to Mr. Killion for the beautiful photos.

  3. Mollie Cook December 1, 2017 9:55 am

    So great to see all the Whoopers at this wonderful wetland. Thank you for sharing the info & pics.

  4. Elsie Sealander December 1, 2017 9:06 am

    Wonderful news!

  5. Cheryl Murphy December 1, 2017 9:03 am

    Saving wetlands. So crucial! Terrific.

  6. Maggie Turk December 1, 2017 8:41 am

    Wow, those are great photos. Quite a gathering area . Thanks to Mr. Killion for sharing those with us “up nort”!!!