The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


April 27, 2014

Bird weekend at Mounds State Park takes flight

ANDERSON — Brad Bumgardner knows a lot more about angry birds than anyone who’s played the popular game on their cellphone or tablet.

Bumgardner’s job as an interpretive naturalist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to catch and band birds in the name of science.

Birds don’t care about science.

And they don’t like getting trapped in a net, put in a bag, and handled by a human who weighs and sexes them, determines their age, and then puts a band on their leg.

Despite getting pecked at and having his fingers pinched as the birds squawk, squirm and flutter in protest, the information researchers gather is important, Bumgardner said.

“It’s a great way to research a lot of the birds,” he said “By catching them, we can look at age, sex, and look at a lot of different aspects of the birds’ lives.”

Although he normally works at Indiana Dunes State park in northern Indiana, Bumgardner was at Mounds State Park this weekend for the first “Bird the Mounds Weekend.”

“This is our first birding weekend and it has been very popular,” said Jessica Rosier, interpretive naturalist at the park. “We’re hoping it will become popular so it will become an annual event people will look forward to.”

Not only was the event the first of its kind at Mounds, Bumgardner also scored a first.

He captured and banded his first Pileated Woodpecker. About the size of a crow, some researchers thought for a time the bird might become extinct, Bumgardner said.

But it has adapted to living near humans and in smaller forests with smaller trees.

Normally, Pileated Woodpeckers don’t respond to food placed in feeders “because they are shy and skittish birds, but this one was not,” Bumgardner said. “She came right in.”

Text Only
  • Markleville Jamboree begins July 31 Is your baby the prettiest? Does your pet do amazing tricks? Do you bake, sew, craft? Do you like tractors? If any of this sounds like you, you're invited to join in the contests at the Markleville Jamboree.

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - HB0728 - Colts Camp - 006 Armed Forces Day at Colts camp pairs Girl Scout cookies with veterans

    Pair Girl Scouts and their world-famous cookies with Armed Forces Day at Indianapolis Colts training camp, and you've got a winning combination. Operation: Cookie Drop, as it's called, is a program where customers buy boxes of cookies for delivery to active and retired military throughout central Indiana.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA-HB0727-MCWinery-JC6.JPG Having a wine time

    Cathy Hensley’s never been much of a drinker. It wasn’t something that interested her very much, so it seemed unfathomable that she would ever run a winery. But after her son Eric offered her and her husband, Duke, some wine he made, it changed things.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0726 - Naturalist Day Camp - JC 5 Mounds camps offer outdoor fun "Can toads go in the pool?" It's one of the many questions Douglass and other interpretive naturalists received during Naturalists Day Camp, the second of three day camps Mounds Park is offering this summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - HB0725 - Colts Camp - 272 Colts fans come from all over Indiana for training camp

    Under bright skies and mild temperatures, Indianapolis Colts fans turned out in droves to witness the first of this year's public practices during training camp at Anderson University's campus on Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA - HB0725 - 13 The Musical - JC - 1.JPG Review: Musical takes you back to being '13'

    Wanting to kill your mom and pining for a Wonderbra are typical desires young teenage girls have, but that just scratches the surface of the relatable themes in Mainstage Theatre’s production of “13: The Musical.”

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Live music: July 25

    Live entertainment at local venues as published in the Friday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H fair - 142 Showmanship competition reveals best handler

    With a tug here, a push there, and gentle directional tapping with a small aluminum stick, Savannah Martin of Summitville won Wednesday's Supreme Showman trophy after four rounds directing swine, sheep, goats and steers through various handling exercises.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H Fair morning 2 Work starts at sunrise at 4-H Fair With the skies filled with lightning and the threat of rain on the horizon the Madison County 4-H Fairgrounds was mostly vacant at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos