Open Door Bird Sanctuary
Open Door Bird Sanctuary
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The Open Door Bird Sanctuary raises avian awareness and inspires coexistence with the rich natural world of Door County, of Wisconsin and wherever you call home. Please let us share a bit more detail about our vision for the sanctuary. We are a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and the only facility of its kind in the area. With 34 acres of pristine land with hiking trails, wildlife viewing and our birds of prey, we offer a unique combination of environmental and wildlife education as well as being a destination for both Door County residents and tourists alike. Our visitors are all ages offering just as much awe and inspiration to adults as to children. Highlights are: Feature live raptors for educational observation for Door County school groups, service clubs, senior groups all year round both on site and off. Engaging environmental education through interactive, live behavioral demonstrations Shelter to injured raptors (birds of prey).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,793 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We stopped in during their Open House, and while it was nice to see the various birds, the presentation was a little tedious. We had a 5 year old with us, which was the reason we stopped in. She enjoyed seeing the birds, but the "talk" was way above a child's level. It was great for adults, but could have been much more engaging, and interesting. My husband is a biology teacher and also thought the presentation could have been better and involved the audience in a better manner. It was clear the presenter loves his subject, and loves the birds, though.
Written August 5, 2020
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Tori W
Shawano27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I didn't do my due diligence in finding out exactly what was involved in the open day. If you do it, know that you have to commit over 4 hours to it if you want to actually see all of the presentations and birds. Not that they'll tell you that when you arrive. You will be shuffled from location to location, you'll stand around getting bitten by mosquitoes listening to presentations full of forced enthusiasm and, if you know a bit about raptors already, you'll find some of it to be pretty tedious. But, for heaven's sake, don't try to look at any of the birds on your own, even though they're all in mews that are well away from where you can stand. Everything is quite rigidly structured.

Also, if you're thinking that because it's outdoors, it's safe during a pandemic, just know that some of these people have no concept of personal space or any awareness that some children don't like being touched by people they don't know.

Of course, the primary purpose of this place is to care for the birds, not to entertain people, and I'm sure they do that very well. It's an organization worth supporting, and apparently the private tour is a better experience, but I wouldn't recommend the Open House.
Written August 16, 2021
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WIpaintchip
Custer, WI214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
I had booked a 2 hour private tour for our anniversary about a week before arriving.
Rob sent us specific instructions on how to arrive. We pulled into the parking lot and had a short wait as we were early. Staff member Val walked out of the forest holding Percy the merlin. A great start to our tour. We walked along forested areas to different enclosures/mews meeting different ambassador birds up close and personal. Val was great with facts and little known facts of the birds in her care.
My highlight of the tour was Forest and Radar. Amber was also quite entertaining in her enclosure.
Throughout the duration of the tour we could hear a gentle drumming and that was a ruff grouse somewhere near the property.
About a hour and half into the tour we stopped the building where they prepare the food for the birds and also where we had the opportunity to use a flush toilet. We had cold but perfect weather for the tour.
I love and have great interest in raptors so for me this was a highlight of our Door County vacation.
Written October 20, 2022
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StacFace1
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Our group opted for a private tour, and we HIGHLY recommend doing this! Rob is fantastic and his passion for these majestic creatures is evident. He has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to answer any and all questions! The grounds/aviaries are well maintained. If you are looking for something unique to do in Door County, we highly recommend you check these guys out!
Written August 16, 2021
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dz_zd
122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Rob was waiting for us with a kestrel on his hand. From the interaction between the bird and Rob it was clear that he is totally dedicated to the welfare of the birds at the sanctuary. The birds he cares for can not be returned to the wild for a variety of reasons.

We were lucky to get the private tour at the last minute. It was spectacular. Each bird is housed in an appropriately sized and equipped enclosure. He regularly interacts with each bird as can be seen by the relaxed attitude of the birds.

In addition, the property the sanctuary is on is a beautiful natural area worth a visit just by itself.
Written September 22, 2021
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Amy P
Albertville, MN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We did the private tour today. Its a great value at just $60 for our Family of 4. Val was our tour guide and she was patient and informative. We could tell the love and passion she felt for her job and the birds. So very informative. If you have nature lovers and/or bird lovers in your group then the Open Door Sanctuary's Private Tour is the way to go. My son was even able to go into an enclosure and feed a bird.
Written August 10, 2022
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Kate F
Verona, WI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We had a private tour of the sanctuary. The director, Rob, is engaging, knowledgeable, and clearly devoted to the animals. We saw owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, kestrels, and a vulture. It was such a treat to see these birds up close and learn more about them. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Door County, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Written May 14, 2023
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience at the Sanctuary, we appreciate it!
Written May 18, 2023
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NurseMel74
Chicago, IL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Awesome! This was the highlight of our trip! We absolutely loved it. Highly recommend the private tour as it is up close and personal with the birds. Rob is an excellent guide and he runs the sanctuary. He is so nice and very knowledgeable about the birds. They are well cared for and you can see how much he loves these animals. I really had a great time and it is very interesting! I want to go back to visit!
Written July 30, 2021
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Austin, TX88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beautiful, beautiful experience. Well worth the $10.00 admission. You will learn facts about several species of birds including owls, eagles, hawks and falcons. Very close up and hands on with expertise and care. The all volunteer staff is knowledgeable and passionate. The owners are active, informative and everyone is welcoming. A must visit. We will be back to learn more. So thankful that there are people who share their passion! Thank you!
Written August 20, 2022
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Ann D
Crystal Lake, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We went on the private tour with another couple. All 4 of us had a wonderful time. Val gave us our tour and was very good at explaining about the birds and the purpose of the sanctuary. They are a non-profit organization that take in some birds that are unable to survive in the wild. They are a small organization with hopes of getting bigger. Definitely a must see experience.
Written May 31, 2023
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