BEVERLY SHORES — Beverly Shores became the state’s 14th Bird Town Indiana this past weekend. During a social event at the town overlook, sponsored by the Association of Beverly Shores Residents, the town was officially welcomed into the Bird Town Indiana program.

Modeled after the “Tree City USA” program, Bird Town Indiana works with cities and communities to recognize the work and commitment by communities that plan, develop, and implement bird conservation strategies and education on a local level. According to a press release from the Indiana Audubon Society, communities must meet a minimum of seven criteria to be considered for Bird Town status, including educational programming, conservation initiatives, and governance related to birds and their protection. Town and city officials interested in pursuing Bird Town Indiana status can find the application at

“With the nearby Chesterton and Porter Bird Town designations, it was a natural fit for Bird Town Indiana status for Beverly Shores," said Brad Bumgardner, executive director for Indiana Audubon. “Additionally, the town’s dark sky initiatives help make the nearby habitats great for birds during migration periods.” 

To learn more about Bird Town Indiana or Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web at

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