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Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

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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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  • We treated our 8 year old boy and a few of his friends with a birthday field trip to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary offered an excellent programme with an educational bird show and a guided to...  more »
  • Nice variety of birds .... owls .... bald eagles...very educational. Love their hiking trails ... family oriented.  more »
  • Currently the entire facility is admission free. New in 2018 a small fee of $1/child and $3/adult will be charged for access to the bird display area.  more »
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  • They do a great job of rehabilitating birds that are injured in the wild. The staff provides excellent educational opportunities on site and at local schools. Event facilities are available as well as memberships and volunteer work. Young and the young at heart will find it to be a great visit. You will see a variety of birds large and small. Everything from eagles to hawks, owls and even small songbirds and chickens.
  • A wonderful place with super friendly staff/volunteers. We arrived on Saturday during normal posted hours and found a fun “valentines day” event happening. They had crafts, snacks and 4 of their amazing owls out to meet. Then we saw the other birds and companion animals. Feeding the birds in the aviary was fun. Beware the blue jays, they can be a little more “aggressive” about snagging the food from your hands. It was exciting for the older kids but can surprise the little ones.
  • 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. Low admission and well worth it to become a member and support their work!.
  • It was a lot of fun! Really enjoyed It. Plan on a summer trip to really be able to enjoy the trails.
  • The work they do is wonderful! The staff is friendly and passionate about rehabilitating injured and sick birds. Love this place and will definitely be back.
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