Connersville, In. — The Indiana Audubon Society is hosting its annual spring birding gathering at its Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, outside Connersville, on May 5. The event includes a multitude of speakers, field hikes, as well as a chance to see birds up close and in the hand with bird banding demonstrations.Afternoon presentations at the sanctuary will look at tropical birding tour opportunities, including upcoming Costa Rica tours with Indiana Audubon, activities and history of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, and a look at how shade-grown coffee is helping both the birds and the environment. The Saturday afternoon headline presentation will explore the science of bird sounds and how birders can expand upon their birding by ear knowledge.“Mary Gray in the spring is a magical place,” said Indiana Audubon executive director. “the entire sanctuary explodes in birdsong, blooming wildflowers, and more. It’s truly a special place to visit in early May.”Early bird registration for the weekend events is $15 per person and includes complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner around a campfire at the end of the day. Registration can be found on the events page here. A special native plants work day, called the ‘Weed Wrangle’ will occur the next morning at the sanctuary as well.Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is located at 3499 Bird Sanctuary Rd, Connersville. For more information about the weekend festival, call (765) 827-5109 or email [email protected] To learn more about the Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web.