Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is one my favorite places to visit in Fayette County! Over 700 acres of woods, fields, trails, ponds, and two large feeding stations for birds – add sunshine and butterflies, and hours spent here feed the soul.
Birders can expect to see hummingbirds, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, goldfinches, warblers, and many others. They might also catch a glimpse of a saw-whet owl, part of a national research project.
Summer Outdoor Education helps children in grades 2-6 learn more about local plants and animals and how they live together.
The sanctuary is owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society and has an active education program. The community is invited to ongoing hummingbird banding, bird census, and other events throughout the year. An amphitheater and covered picnic area are available for small groups. A larger facility is available for weddings and receptions.
From Connersville take St. Rd. 121 south to West County Road 350 S. Turn west, go about 3.5 miles to the entrance. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The sanctuary receives no state or local funding.