The Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield OH

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a haven for the native birds, a nature preserve and a living museum. Their team is dedicated to caring for and rehabilitating Ohio native birds, protecting natural habitat, and creating opportunities to engage with nature. Their mission is achieved through educating the public by providing family-friendly programming and school-based programs, managing a 90 acre preserve and actively aiding sick and injured birds back to health.

Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1988. (originally entitled the Richland County Raptor Center). The Sanctuary was operated from the private farm of Chris & Gail Laux. It began as three enclosures built adjacent to a barn that housed the first educational birds and the barn itself was used to condition birds for flight. Over the next 10 years four flight cages were designed and built to condition recovering raptors for release and additional enclosures were constructed to house the growing educational collection. The first 10 years established the Sanctuary as serving an important need in the community.

Visit the Sanctuary on Saturdays at 1pm for a bird encounter. Meet an owl up close, watch a Red-shoulder Hawk soar over an open field to a handler’s fist. Programs vary each week and with the season. However, there is always an opportunity to meet one of the Sanctuary’s avian ambassadors up close.