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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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  • I'm a native to Mansfield. I've been going her for awhile. I've went with my family, friends, and even a ladies Bible study group. There's lots of birds to see...hawks, eagles, owls, etc. You can purc...  more »
  • We go here all the time for hiking and to visit the birds. You can go into a protected area and visit with many kinds of birds, many of which will come eat seed out of your hand. The blue jays are par...  more »
  • This is a must if you are in the area. They care for found birds that can't be reintroduced into the wild. They offer day camp for kids. The employees are very nice and knowledgeable. Easy to get arou...  more »
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  • A gem in the middle of nowhere. Amazingly it is free and open to the public. Really loved the walk-in aviary where you could get up close to the birds and even feed them!
  • This is the best bird sanctuary in ohio. I needed help with a nestling and live in an area where there aren't any wildlife rescues. I had a lot of helpful information and the staff is very knowledgeable! I sincerely appreciate them taking some time to give me the appropriate information.
  • Really nice little bird sanctuary. Nice knowledge people here. Habitats are clean. Walk through aviary is great. Good walking trails. Consider coming if you like wildlife.
  • If you like birds, just visit this place!!! If you like raptors in particular and like to take photos of them, visit either during their Fall Family Festival or the Mohican Wildlife Weekend in the spring. They tether their education raptors in natural locations (weather permitting) for photo opportunities. My photo group just visited them for Mohican Wildlife Weekend and even though it was pouring, they found a way to make the event work, utilizing the porch of their educational building. All birds capable of being rehabilitated and released back into the wild are kept well away from the public. All the permanent sanctuary residents look great and you can tell they are very well cared for and loved. The raptors enjoy putting on a show. I sometimes swear they actually know to pose for photographers :-).
  • Fantastic place to hike, explore, or just take a break. A must see family destination. Look them up before you go because they always have fun programs for kids planned.

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