Mary Gray Bird SanctuaryThe 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.

Limited Access to Trails:

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary trails are temporarily closed due to the abundance of dead ash trees that are falling, making hiking in the woods dangerous. These dead ashes are the work of emerald ash borers, which are devastating ashes around the country. Visitors are welcome to enter the Sanctuary and walk around the ponds. Trail #6 is now open and hikers can walk back to the 4th pond but MUST stay on the main service road trail.

Hiking Trails

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

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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!

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The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is temporarily closed.

MGBS Trail Map

MGBS Hiking Map
MGBS Hiking Map


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

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