The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society and is located south of Connersville in Fayette County.  Alice Green Gray gave the initial 264 acre property to the Indiana Audubon Society in 1943 as a living memorial to her daughter

Mary, who preceded her in death.  Congressman Finley H. Gray willed additional property to the society in 1947, bringing the total to more than 600 acres.  Gifts from members have allowed the acquisition of more property so that the Sanctuary now occupies more than 700 acres.

Visitors are welcome to the property from dawn to dusk. Rustic camping and fishing is available to Indiana Audubon members (check in at Caretaker residence or check in online with Operations Manager prior to arrival).  Join Indiana Audubon Here.

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary needs your help! We are always looking for extra hands to help with projects on the property. If you’re interested in helping out, whether long-term or just for a day, fill out our Indiana Audubon volunteer interest form today!  Consider making a donation to support Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

In 2024 try your hand at the MGBS Healthy Hiking Challenge by running, hiking, or walking a minimum of 25 miles of trails to be entered into IAS memberships, hiking trail medallions, t-shirts, and more.  Download the MGBS Healthy Hiking Challenge Entry Form to get started.

Hiking Trails

The trail system takes visitors through habits such as woodlands & prairies.

Hike a Trail

Our Research

One of the functions of the Indiana Audubon Society is to engage in scientific and educational pursuits.

Bird, plant, and wildflower research projects are currently being conducted.

Learn More

Rentals & Facilities

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is the perfect location for your next event! Retreat, reunion, and meeting space is available for rent.

View Our Rentals

MGBS Trail Map

MGBS Hiking Map
MGBS Hiking Map


Libby Keyes, Operations Manager

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