The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary will be closed from Sunday, 3/29/2020 until further notice.
We will update our visitors as soon as we are able to reopen. Thank you for understanding.



Hummingbird Celebration

Hummingbird Celebration

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

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.

Hummingbird Migration Celebration!

Hummingbird Migration Celebration

Join us on August 8, 2020 for our third annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration.

About the Festival: The Indiana Audubon Hummingbird Migration Celebration is a festival for the tiny gem, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Multiple sponsors and partners provide an opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them coming year after year. Activities include hummingbird banding demonstrations to view hummingbirds up close, guided nature walks, a native plant sale, programs about birds and other pollinators, kid’s activities, vendor booths, live music, and more.

Our Event Schedule will be added in early 2020.


Vendor Contract 2020


3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd.
Connersville, IN 47331




Carl and Amy Wilms, Resident Managers
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John Godwin, Resident Caretaker

Trail Map

Hiking Trails

Get outside and enjoy nature by hiking the many trails at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. We’re open from dawn to dusk.

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, turtle and wildflower research projects are currently being conducted.

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Weddings & Facilities

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

Weddings have become popular at the Sanctuary!

View Our Rentals

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year.

Stop by for a visit!

The Sanctuary is owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society. We depend upon donations from members and visitors to the Sanctuary to fund the upkeep and maintenance. The Sanctuary does not receive funding from the state or federal government and is not a state park.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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