Thursday, July 28, 2016
Our Visitors

Where are our visitors from? 


  • Connersville
  • Rushville
  • Liberty
  • Richmond
  • Shelbyville
  • Muncie
  • Plainfield
  • Marshall
  • South Bend
  • Indianapolis

Cincinnati, Ohio




New Mexico


New York

and our list goes on! Stop by the kiosk before you leave and let us know about your visit! We'll be adding to this list as time allows and plan to add your comments, too!

Overview of the 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.

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.  Currently, a study involving Ball State University is underway to monitor birds, trees, shrubs, and wildflowers throughout the property.

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is open to everyone. Membership is not required to hike the trails. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have found a lost, sick, or injured wild animal please do not bring it to Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.  We do not have State or Federal permits to rehabilitate. Please click  here for information on how to help.

Donate to Help the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Make a difference, make a donation! 

Your donation will help to support the Indiana Audubon Society and its activities. The sanctuary, which receives no funds from Indiana Audubon memberships, counts on its endowments and your generosity every year to preserve and maintain the land and the structures on it.  

 Mary Gray with its deep forests and multiple streams, endured the drought fairly well.  And just as end-of-summer rains have brought relief to aquifers and wildlife, so, too, have several generous donations in recent years restored health to the financial status of the sanctuary accounts.  The infrastructure of the sanctuary is in good stead.  We look ahead, then, to the future of Mary Gray, and we consider that one of its greatest potentials is to enrich and educate those who would visit the sanctuary. 


Imagine yourself wanting to attend one the spring meetings with all of the glorious birds and wildflowers on display at the sanctuary, but at some point in life, sleeping on the hard ground and hiking to the outhouse just doesn't sound as idyllic as it once did.  Consider an alternative in which Markle Barn has comfortable sleeping quarters.  Or, picture the crab apple promenade near the bluebird meadow.  The trees lining this peaceful walkway have suffered in recent years and should be replaced with young, vigorous new starts.  Or, thinking of the youth of Indiana, envision a funded sanctuary director who would organize living-classroom teaching, create programs for wildlife study, and encourage guided field trips, exposing and developing the many fascinating and beautiful features of our 700+ acres. 


This unusual year, then, we make an extraordinary appeal.  We ask that you help launch a special fund to support these long-range ideals so that generations of future visitors will be lured and inspired by the wonders of Mary Gray, just as the happily skipping child above.


Whichever you choose, your contribution is deductible to the extent provided by law and helps us to protect the nature of Indiana. 

Save a stamp! Make your payment using PayPal. With PayPal, you will be able to pay by credit card, debit card, or by electronic check on a safe and secure website. Here's what you do:

  1. Select the fund below in the dropdown box.

  2. Add special comments if you would like.

  3. Enter the amount you would like to donate.

  4. Click on the "Donate" button.

You will be taken to the secure PayPal site (no account needed) and PayPal will do the rest!

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Special Comments:

You can also mail your check to:

Sally Routh
Membership Chair
12284 Daugherty Drive
Zionsville, In 46077 

Please make check out to the: Indiana Audubon Society, Inc. and be sure to let us know how to designate your donation. 

Thank you! 


Visiting the Sanctuary

We are open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. 

NOTE: If we have a heavy snow, the road leading to the Sanctuary is often plowed last. Please keep this in mind when visiting. 

Pet Policy

Pets are allowed on the walking trails but must be on a leash. Please pick up waste. 

Contact Information

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is the headquarters for the Indiana Audubon Society.


3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd.
Connersville, Indiana 47331

Resident Managers

Carl & Amy Wilms

Phone: 765-827-5109

Resident Caretaker

Michael Hall

Driving Directions

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is located in Fayette County, Indiana near Connersville. (Directions & Map) (Google Map)


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Visiting Hours are from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.
No admission fee is charged, however, donations are always welcome.

Stop by for a visit and enjoy the outdoors!