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Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield
(4.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1988, by Executive Director Gail Laux, as the Richland County Raptor Rehabilitation Center. The Bird Sanctuary signed a lease with the Heart of Ohio Boy Scout Council in 1995 to create a public facility at the site of Camp Avery Hand. Through public, private and foundation support the

Sanctuary developed a public facility that opened the summer of 1999. In 2007 the Ohio Bird Sanctuary entered into a land contract with the Heart of Ohio Council to purchase the 52 acres it had historically leased. In 2009 the Sanctuary purchased additional acreage and a building suitable for renovation into a larger visitors center.

The development of the public facility occurred in stages. 1996-98 the board of trustees and volunteers created a trail system and conducted fund-raisers to renovate an existing building and parking lot. This first phase opened the doors of the Sanctuary for summer camps and special events. In 1999 a visitors center was constructed with an interpretive lobby, resource library, classroom, receiving area for sick and injured birds, office space, and an outdoor display area for live birds. Completion of this phase created a public educational center for hosting school groups and presently houses all the Sanctuary’s operations. A brick walkway and boardwalk were constructed to make the facility accessible to all individuals.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We had nice time here. It doesn't take too long to go through the exhibits, but the birds seem calm and well cared for in clean enclosures with natural plants growing inside. The chicken greeter in th...  more »
  • This place is EXCELLENT for nature lovers! My family stopped here while passing through the area since my son is a bird enthusiast we knew we had to stop, I'm so glad we did. First of all, the staff w...  more »
  • Viewing the birds took about 15 minutes. We spent about 45 minutes on the trails--the trails are nice (but buggy). Wear bug spray and avoid flip flops--there are some muddy areas. While hiking we saw ...  more »
Google
  • Great place to take kids periodically. You get to know the birds. Good little hiking trails to go out on. Staff is always very friendly. We go at least one time a year.
  • Amazing place for the family. We had a great time at the fall family event.
  • A fantastic place to hike or just visit with the birds. They also offer some wonderful summer day camps for kids.
  • The staff are passionate and involved in the community, and you can tell they really care about the birds. They have a super friendly cat that hangs around too. Lots of fun.
  • If you like birds, this place is for you.