By Mark Kanz
The Open Door Bird Sanctuary begins its new season Saturday. The 34-acre sanctuary is home to unreleasable birds of prey. The facility is open every Saturday and Sanctuary Executive Director Rob Hults says the raptor program at 1 p.m. provides the best venue for visitors to meet the sanctuary’s residents.
Hults says the birds are incredible ambassadors for the environment. He and his volunteer staff often provide programs elsewhere in the community. Two new aviaries are under construction this summer to accommodate more residents. Hults says sanctuary hiking trails run through three distinctive habitats: prairie, hardwood forest and pine forest where bird watchers will view the wild birds that live there. Open Door Bird Sanctuary is located one mile west of Highway 57 on County I near Jacksonport.