Otis Sanctuary

Leopold Bench

Leopold Bench

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The Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary was dedicated in 2003, joining 18 existing bird sanctuary properties owned and managed by Michigan Audubon. Situated in rural Barry County, Michigan, Otis Farm and the surrounding public and privately-owned landscape is one of Michigan’s most biodiverse areas. Michigan Audubon’s mission to “connect birds and people for the benefit of both” is an ongoing objective at the sanctuary. Otis Farm is part of a designated Important Bird Area (IBA), a globally-significant nesting area for the Michigan-Endangered Henslow’s Sparrow. Likewise, the sanctuary is adjacent to an IBA for the Michigan-Threatened Cerulean Warbler, which is regarded as North America’s fastest-declining songbird species due to loss of nesting habitat. These two species draw birdwatchers from around the United States and world to Otis Farm during the first weekend in June for Cerulean Warbler Weekend (www.ceruleanwarbler.org). The birdwatching event features guided birdwatching tours throughout Barry County. Workshops and an evening presentation featuring locally-sourced food and beverages round out the weekend event. A year-long schedule of activities at Otis Farm, ranging from guided hikes to snowshoeing, is available on the Michigan Audubon Event Calendar.

Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary

Contact Information


3960 Havens Road

Hastings, MI 49058

Driving Directions

Phone: (269) 948-5777


Location of Otis Sanctuary

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Hastings Weather

CLOUDS AND SUN, humidity 49%, barometer 29.96,
wind 3 mph ENE
Some a.m. snow; cloudy, windy and colder
26°F | 8°F
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30°F | 17°F
Cloudy and seasonably cold
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34°F | 26°F
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Cloudy with a couple of snow showers
34°F | 19°F
Cloudy with a couple of snow showers

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