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. Plan your visit to Ohio Bird Sanctuary and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mansfield sightseeing tool .
Ohio Bird Sanctuary Reviews
The park has a bird feeding area (though they aren't incredibly hungry), an area for birds that can't survive in the wild due to disabilities or can't be rehabilitated, there are walking paths... more »
They have some lovely birds, all suffering from some accident or bonding issue. There is a bird enclosure in which you can feed from cups, purchased for pocket change. A fun little activity to kill... more »
Short drive out into the beautiful countryside of Mansfield to this awesome place! Fun play area for the kids to play and climb, trails and up close looks at several different types of birds. Really enjoyed that it wasn't too big so it was enough for young children to throughly enjoy without being overstimulated or taking hours to go through. Definitely recommend very low cost and friendly staff!
It's peaceful and tranquil, the staff are eager to help injured or young birds fallen from the nest. They heal them or let them mature and release them back into the wild if possible. A truly wonderful place to visit.
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