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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and is touching down along the South Shore all weekend! Crack open some piñatas because it is time to celebrate the success of the Battle of Puebla throughout Northwest Indiana! Below you will find the top five ways to get in the fiesta spirit including authentic Mexican dining and events!

Photo copyright Gary Fua

It’s that exciting time of the year again, the time when bison calves are born on the prairie. On the morning of Monday, April 23, we spotted the first bison calf of the season! The calf was standing alongside her mother, nursing. With this furry little development, let’s take a moment to review some of the things we learned last year about bison…

Photo by Chris Helzer @ The Nature Conservancy

At Kankakee Sands, we have 68 different species of butterflies, and my daughter Savanna and I are excited to see every one of them! She and I enjoy walking the restored prairies of Kankakee Sands and trying to spot as many butterflies as we can. We often see the regal fritillary butterfly, spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, great spangled fritillary, morning cloak, and buckeye. But it’s the monarch that we are looking forward to seeing the most this year.

It might come as a surprise to some that Kankakee Sands has been home to badgers for the last ten years. To date, we’ve only had the pleasure of seeing adult badgers. We eagerly await the day when we will see young badgers, a sure sign that badgers are reproducing here. March and April are the months when young badgers, called kits, are typically born. The litters are small, often just two or three in a litter. The kits will stay in the den with their mother for only a few months. By June or July, the kits will leave their mother to begin the solitary life of a badger.

Northwest Indiana is going Irish! Grab your green and enjoy these holiday happenings along the South Shore.

1) Downtown Crown Point - St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Parade

Crown Point will again host their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the downtown with a parade starting at dusk. They will also host a corned beef and cabbage dinner from 2-6:00 p.m. on March 17 at the Fire Station ($10/adults; $4/children and $9/seniors). Reserve your spot today by calling 219-662-3290.