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 thePlan your visit to Ohio Bird Sanctuary and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mansfield sightseeing tool.
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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Found out about this place from Tripadvisor and was glad I did. The place is in the middle of nowhere but totally worth the trip. You will see bald eagles, blue jays, cardinals and many other birds...
Found out about this place from Tripadvisor and was glad I did. The place is in the middle of nowhere but totally worth the trip. You will see bald eagles, blue jays, cardinals and many other birds... more »
The hiking trails here are free and open to the public. Restrooms are inside the entranceway to see the birds. Cost to get in to see the birds is minimal. ($3) My favorite place is the aviary where...
The hiking trails here are free and open to the public. Restrooms are inside the entranceway to see the birds. Cost to get in to see the birds is minimal. ($3) My favorite place is the aviary where... more »
Super cool adventure today at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. A special protective place for native birds, but also a nature preserve, and living museum. They take care of sick, injured, and orphaned birds..... more
Super cool adventure today at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. A special protective place for native birds, but also a nature preserve, and living museum. They take care of sick, injured, and orphaned birds..... more »
We visited on 3/5/2022. Very nice bird rescue Sanctuary. Birds are well taken care of and plenty of staff to answer questions. There is a learning center for groups as well. You are able to feed the birds in the aviary area but most are hard to get to come for the food. Admission for my wife and I was $5 each plus .25 for each cup of feed for birds in the aviary.
Really pretty area. The birds seem well taken care of. Not a huge place, but quaint and pretty. Birds back stories on how they got to the sanctuary are listed with each bird. There is an area you can pay $.25 for a small cup of meal worms and feed the backyard type birds. Has a small butterfly garden. Has a gift shop and indoor bathrooms. Picnic tables if you being a small lunch. Staff were nice and professional.
It was okay. I expected to see more birds. I also feel that the price to see the birds, should be more of an optional donation. There were several birds to see and the stories about each bird, was interesting. If you do feed birds, opt for some live worms...some birds go for the ones that are crawling. Overall, I would recommend stopping, if you're in the area.
Didn't get many bird pictures (mostly videos) but it was amazing. Staff is so nice and it was really cool to see all the little and big birdies. So cool to be able to feed them!!!!!
Beautiful place to meet cute feathered creatures and take a nice relaxing walk 🚶♀️ 🐦 🪶
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