Marsh Madness is a community-based bird festival that
will take place March 1st thru March 2nd
2013. The festival will celebrate Greene County’s
abundant natural resources and feature the Sandhill Crane and waterfowl
migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
WHAT:Marsh Madness is
scheduled to coincide with the Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose
Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (GPFWA). The
festival will start at 6:30PM Friday evening with the Peabody Energy Kick-off
Banquet featuring Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Michael Sertle as the
keynote speaker. The Friday evening
event will also include dinner, live music as performed by Cade Puckett silent
and live auctions, door prizes and cash bar.
The event will take place at Shakamak State Park Group Camp Dining
Hall. The Friday event is underwritten
by Peabody Energy. Proceeds from the
night’s event will go towards the Goose Pond Visitors’ Center.
During the day on Saturday there will be self-guided tours
of the surrounding area, where festival participants can marvel at the annual
bird migration. Guided bus tours
departing from the East Cabin in Humphreys Park will run hourly throughout the
day on Saturday.
In addition to the tours, festival goers can attend a
variety of talks and presentations by experts on such topics as Goose Pond Fish
and Wildlife Area, waterfowl, shorebirds among others. For a full list of speakers/topics please
visit www.marshmadness.info . Leslie Grow, from The Dwight Chamberlain
Raptor Center at Hardy Lake will be giving presentations and have several birds
of prey on display including a Bald Eagle.
A craft and vendor fair will also be held during the day Saturday. Kid’s activities will include coloring,
puzzles & bird house construction.
Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center will host a showing of the
works by the talented wildlife artist Robin Myers www.artfromthewild.com .
Adventures will be at Humphreys Park where they will be offering festival goers
the opportunity, through a system of ropes, to safely climb in some of the
grand old trees in the park.
Ducks Unlimited will host a waterfowl calling contest,
retriever demonstrations and on Saturday Night the Goose Pond Chapter of Ducks
Unlimited will hold a Sportsman’s Night Out (SNO) event at Shakamak State Park.
Marsh Madness offers something for everyone.
1st thru March 2nd 2013
Energy Kick-Off Banquet: March
1st from 6:30PM to 10:00PM (doors openat6:00PM)
Events: March 2nd from 7:00AM to
Out: March 2nd from 5:30PM to 10:00PM
WHERE: The festival will be
based out of Humphrey’s Park but some activities will take place at other
venues such as Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center, Shakamak State Park as well
as at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
WHY:The event is intended to showcase the abundant and
beautiful natural resources of Greene County, to attract out of area visitors
and to provide a boost to the local economy.
Additionally, Marsh Madness is intended to raise the awareness and
appreciation of nature among festival
Admission:Tickets for Peabody Energy Kick-off Banquet are $25. Tables of 8 can also be purchased (# of
available tables is limited). Friday
night’s tickets are also good for admission to Saturday’s events at Humphreys
Park and Goose Pond FWA. For ticket
information, go to