12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN

This year will marks the 12th Annual Plunge … January 1st at 11:00AM at Fairfax Beach near Four Winds Resort in Bloomington. It’s a plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monroe – and a seriously fun time for all !!

The 2016 Polar Bear Plunge is a free event — everyone is welcome! Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to all registered participants. This year’s theme is ugly sweaters.

T-shirts commemorating the event will be available at the event. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

For more information, check out our website: bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org or email Cindy at [email protected]

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23 Saturday / January 23, 2021

Eagles Over Lake Monroe

09:00 am to 06:00 pm on Jan 31

Monroe Lake is one of the best places in southern Indiana to see bald eagles, which the park typically highlights during a bald eagle driving tour in late January. Due to Covid-19, Monroe Lake is adapting that 1-day event into a 9-day experience with a mix of virtual, self-directed, and small group activities.

Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretive naturalist, is offering “sunset eagle watches” at the lake from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, 25, 29, and 31. Vance and a couple of volunteers will have spotting scopes set up to help participants observe eagles and other birds. Hot cocoa will be available for people who bring their own travel mugs.

To ensure social distancing, each sunset eagle watch is open to a maximum of 12 people and advance registration is mandatory. Registration closes 3 days prior to each date, or when registration is full (wait lists are available). Sign up for a session at http://bit.ly/sunseteagle2021.

Vance is also encouraging people to create their own self-guided bald eagle driving tour at the lake, using the property’s bald eagle brochure as a guide to the best viewing locations and times. She will post a link to download the bald eagle brochure on the Facebook event page on Jan. 22, http://bit.ly/eaglesmonroe2020, or you can send an email request to [email protected] from Jan. 22 to 29.

Virtual programming be hosted on the property’s Facebook page, http://facebook.com/monroelake. For direct links and descriptions, see the event description at http://bit.ly/eaglesmonroe2020.

• Jan 23 at 3 p.m. EST: Facebook LIVE Identifying Bald Eagles
• Jan 25 at 3 p.m. EST: Facebook LIVE Bald Eagle Mating, Nesting, and Fledging
• Jan 26 at 11:30 a.m. EST: Facebook LIVE Return of the Bald Eagle
• Jan 27 at 2 p.m. EST: Facebook VIDEO Bald Eagle Flyer Craft Tutorial (rerun)
• Jan 28 at 10 a.m. EST: Facebook VIDEO Bald Eagle Magnet Craft Tutorial (premiere)
• Jan 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST: Facebook LIVE Bald Eagle Coloring Break

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