Award recognizes efforts to enhance wildlife habitat and outdoor learning experiences
MANSFIELD, OH – The Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The Sanctuary is the 175th site dedicated in Ohio and the 2nd in Richland County.
OBS partnered with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as well as the Wilderness Center Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to design and install a chimney swift tower on OBS property. This tower provides much needed roosting and nesting shelter to these declining, insect-eating, cavity-living birds. In addition to the tower project, OBS has created or nurtured over 90 acres of meadow, riparian, and old growth forest habitat for countless birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Hundreds of visitors, representing a wide diversity of ages and walks of life, have learned to respect and appreciate nature thanks to the efforts of OBS staff and volunteers.
The WILD School Sites program is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any educational property used by students, educators, and the local community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every site, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site. Through this program, learning is brought to life by reconnecting children to the outside world while teaching everyday subjects through a specially designed curriculum.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Learn more about wildlife-related programs and grant funding in Ohio at wildohio.gov.