Visiting the Ohio Bird Sanctuary has been on my bucket list for some time, and in August we finally got there. Ohio Bird Sanctuary is located in Mansfield, Ohio, which is a little over an hour from Columbus. The drive is pretty easy so don’t let drive time deter you from visiting, it is worth it! You can even ”kill two birds with one stone” (don’t really do that), and go blueberry picking before or after at The Blueberry Patch.
At least, that was our plan. We hooked up with friends for blueberry picking and lunch at The Blueberry Patch cafe, which was very good. I think the cafe even does wine tastings if it is a girlfriend only outing. Once we finished up there, we headed to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary because it was only twelve minutes away. When we travel over an hour we try to hit two places and make it a day trip. We left at 9:30a and were back by 4:30p – not too crazy with kiddies in tow.
The Sanctuary is home to many birds who have been rescued for one reason or another. Residents include bald eagles, hawks, owls, turkeys, chickens, seagulls, and the list goes on. There is even an aviary where you can feed the smaller birds, such as cardinals, tufted titmice, mourning doves, and others. Some of the birds are very friendly and can be hand fed; we found that out by chance! After visiting with the birds, we toured the grounds and hiked the premises. My hopes are to go back in the fall when the leaves are turning. The Sanctuary is a really beautiful place!
Look at their schedule of events. They have some cool learning opportunities. Click here.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
3774 Orweiler Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44903