MANSFIELD -- The eagles have landed at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. And they could sure use some fish.
The 3774 Orweiler Road facility, just north of the Clear Fork Reservoir, is caring for seven eagles.
Executive Director Gail Laux, who founded the non-profit more than 30 years ago, said Wednesday OBS is eagerly accepting donated fish from area residents.
Four of the eagles are permanent residents at the 90-acre sanctuary, founded in 1998. Three more are currently being cared for after recently arriving from other facilities around the state.
"They love fish," Laux said with a laugh. "The females can eat about a pound of fish a day and the males eat about three-quarters of a pound.
"A good-sized trout or a medium-sized sheepshead," Laux said, adding OBS supplements the donated fish with rabbits, pheasants, rodents and smaller prey, all of which the sanctuary has to purchase.
She said someone recently asked if OBS accepted larger fish, like catfish and carp.
"We are not picky at this time," she said. "We will chop them into smaller pieces. Please make sure the fish was legally caught!"
Laux said the best way to donate is put the uncleaned entire fish in a Ziploc bag and freeze it.
"We are going to freeze it anyway," she said, "for seven to 10 days to make sure no parasites get passed through to the birds.
"Try to limit the bag to five pounds or less. Bring it out when you have enough to make the trip to us worthwhile," she said.
Donations can be made Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
The OBS re-opened in May after closing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laux said the public response has been gratfiying.
"It's been good," she said. "We are something people can do. The public has been wonderful and really accommodating to some of the changes we had to make. We have not had to turn anyone one. We are outdoors and people can socially distance so masks are not required."
Call the OBS at (419) 884-4295 for more information.