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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.
IAS is committed in preserving and maintaining the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary with its forests and meadows as a wildlife refuge for birds and other native organisms, and to serve as a natural laboratory. The Society cooperates with state and national conservation groups with these aims.
The Sanctuary provides various habitats for birds. There are 4 ponds, an established prairie, woodlands, and open fields on the property. In addition, there are over 10 miles of hiking trails along with 2 large established bird feeding stations.
Bird banding occurs during spring and fall migration most Saturdays beginning in May. The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary also runs a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) station and bands Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Stop by the property on Saturday mornings during the summer! Hummers are banded on a consistent basis (almost every evening in the summer from 6-7:30pm). Amy Wilms has a sub-permit to band songbirds and hummingbirds.Learn More
Address: 3499 S Bird Sactuary Rd