Ohio Bird Sanctuary bird

The visitor's center is closed, but the trails remain open at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

MANSFIELD -- The current shut downs and mandates that are important to keep all of us safe have created challenges for the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. I want to assure you we adapting and finding solutions. Here is what is happening at OBS.

The staff is practicing social distancing while continuing to provide care to the birds.

The Visitor Center and Bird Display area are closed, but the trails are open.

The OBS is receiving birds for rehabilitation. Admission of the birds have been modified for staff and public safety. As one of the few facilities in the state that is still able to provide this service, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary has become a command center for finding assistance for wildlife state-wide.

Staff is using this time to focus on maintenance projects and the training of our education birds. (videos are being posted to our Facebook Page).

All programs have been cancelled. The staff is brainstorming on ways to offer small group educational opportunities for families with school-age children when social distancing regulations are lifted. Until then, the OBS has added educational links for families to the website and are posting activities on Facebook to encourage kids to get outside.

Board and staff are putting their heads together to create a plan to reduce the impact of loss of income due to the shutdowns and the need to continue basic operations.

Since the founding of OBS in 1988, the focuse has been on sustainability. Thanks to decades of planning and hard work the facility is not in crisis mode, but it is facing a serious financial crunch.

Anyone in a position to help weather this storm, is asked to consider direct support. Any amount helps, and you can be sure that it will go directly to the continuance of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary's mission.

The staff looks forward to seeing visitors at the sanctuary in the future, but until then take this time to enjoy a slower pace and more time in nature.

Gail Laux is Executive Director of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

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