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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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  • 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.
  • Such a lovely spot to come for a walk. Beautiful specimens who appear to be very well cared for and adored. Staff was intelligent, kind and supportive. Great place.
  • Highly recommend anyone that loves birds to visit this remarkable facility that houses birds that are not capable of returning to the wild as well as rehabilitation for those birds that can be returned to the wild.
  • My family loved it we need more places like this in the area! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable
  • Great educational facility. Despite being small, the volunteers and staff show a lot of passion for the wildlife. If you're near the area and love nature, this is one place you have to visit! We showed up on a Tuesday morning, so it was pretty quiet and there weren't any demonstrations. I can imagine it's osu lovely on the weekends, though.

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