We are a sanctuary for birds of prey and songbirds in Door Co, WI, featuring exciting educational programming with future rehabilitation.
Open Door Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to raise avian awareness while inspiring people to co-exist with the natural world that surrounds them. The Sanctuary, when fully functioning with facilities and birds on site, will be the only facility of its kind in the area. Open Door will offer a unique combination of environmental and wildlife education as well as becoming a destination for both Door County residents and tourists. Highlights of what we will offer which would be unique to our organization are:
After nearly two years of networking with Door County residents and various organizations, we have determined that there is both a desire and a need for the type of enriched learning experiences such as these as well as the rehabilitation service we will eventually offer. The closest opportunity for rehabilitation is Bay Beach in Green Bay. Often that is too far for most people not having experience with a bird and too far for a bird seriously injured. From a habitat standpoint, every spring and fall, tens of millions of migrating birds sweep through the Great Lakes region and stop at a variety of sites on their way to breeding grounds as far north as Greenland and the Arctic Ocean and wintering grounds as far south as Argentina's Tierra del Fuego. These stopover sites, including Door Co, provide birds with critical food and shelter en route; conversely a loss of stopover habitats poses an ongoing threat to the health and stability of migratory bird populations in the Great Lakes region. In addition to the migratory population sustained in Door County, there are also a bountiful number of species that call Door County home, largely due to the many tracts of land that have been preserved by various organizations like the Land Trust and now Open Door Bird Sanctuary.
No other facility in our area or the Green Bay area, for that matter, works with birds of prey the way we do by featuring free flighted educational demonstrations, that is to say, the birds will show how they behave in the wild by exhibiting their flight and other behaviors. The birds are trained on a daily basis, learning their cues through food prompts. We will be open to the public, on a limited basis at first, but increasing to daily program offerings through the tourist season and equally as important, we can bring our programming to off site venues. In today’s world, we would be short changing our mission though, if our interest and focus was exclusive to those areas. Just as there is now global economy, communication, and travel, it is a global environment as well. Whether directly impacted by environmental issues, concerns, and occurrences from other parts of the world, or learning through the experiences of others, it is our duty to view the environment from a global perspective. For example, our first bird to arrive in early May, a Eurasion Eagle Owl, gives us the ability to share the global message. Birds that have been born here in the US, but are native to other parts of the world will help us to educate, showing both the similarities and differences of these birds as they relate to our native species.
In addition, our land is a treasure of pristine mini ecologies with abundant and uncommon plantlife. We will not only serve our communities but offer a wonderful experience to Door County’s many tourists. Having had expert evaluation, we do believe that there are good reasons to support conservation of this land. Thus by dedicating the property to the purpose of sanctuary, we will be able to incorporate nature education along with raptor education to offer diverse program topics that highlight the property’s ecosystems and that of Door County in general using self-guided hiking trails, wild bird feeding stations and wildlife observation blinds in addition to the specific programs featuring our birds.