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

Map of Michigan

Hastings Weather

P/CLOUDY, humidity 100%, barometer 29.96,
wind 2 mph N
Variable clouds, a couple of t-storms
80°F | 64°F
Variable clouds, a couple of t-storms
Humid with variable cloudiness
80°F | 61°F
Humid with variable cloudiness
Variable clouds with a t-storm in spots
83°F | 69°F
Variable clouds with a t-storm in spots
Partly sunny and humid with a t-storm
86°F | 69°F
Partly sunny and humid with a t-storm
Partly sunny and humid
87°F | 67°F
Partly sunny and humid

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