World Bird Sanctuary
The World Bird Sanctuary is another conservation gem that we are lucky to have in our area. Housed on 305 acres of land directly next to Lone Elk Park, the sanctuary is home to more than 200 animals, from the exotic and endangered to the everyday.
Free to the public, the sanctuary is open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (can be closed if there has been recent snow, call ahead if unsure.)
Once on site, you are free to meander down their habitat trail, featuring caged enclosures containing various types of birds, including eagles, owls, vultures, ravens, and even some chickens. This is a perfect time of year to visit, as the foliage is lovely (even the drive to get to the site is a joy) and if you’re a nice, quiet adult like myself, you will appreciate that school being in session means fewer children.*
The animals are of mixed origin. Some are wild birds, which are recuperating in the on site hospital, and will be returned to the wild. Some are birds that are too injured to ever survive the wild again, and some were born in captivity.
The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments.
The sanctuary holds a variety of on and off-site educational events and programs each year. My favorite of these are the yearly Owl Prowls, held November-March. At these events you will see a presentation about owls, and get to see them flying up close. Then you will walk the sanctuary path in the dark, trying to hear the call of wild owls in the woods near the sanctuary. (Click here for more information or to book a space at an Owl Prowl – they fill up quickly.)
World Bird Sanctuary Photo Gallery
I had a beautiful day for my recent trip to the sanctuary, here are some of the photos I captured while there. I hope you enjoy (Photos copyrighted 2016 Ooh St. Lou/Ooh St. Lou Studios. All rights reserved.)
World Bird Sanctuary Video
*(Look Timmy it’s a bird! Timmy look! Look Timmy! Timmy! Timmy look! Look Timmy! Do you see the birdie? TIMMY STOP THAT. NO Timmy look at the BIRD. It’s a BIRD Timmy! – There’s only so much a non-child-having adult lady can take, really.)
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