For the last three and a half years, Open Door Bird Sanctuary has been fundraising to purchase the land it resides on. Courtesy of generous donations and revenue generated from its annual fundraiser, the Hoot-e-Nanny, the sanctuary made the final payment in early June to hold the land free and clear.
To celebrate, Open Door will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 20, 11-11:45 am, which will include a brief meet-and-greet with resident birds. The sanctuary’s regular hours, 12-4 pm, will follow, with a full program at 1 pm and optional guided hikes at 2:30 pm. The sanctuary will also debut its new Nature Center: a small, mobile, cabin-type structure that can be used for other purposes on the property. The Hoot-e-Nanny fundraiser, held annually at Woodwalk Gallery, has provided nearly half of the funds needed to purchase the land, but this year, Open Door will devote the funds to creating its first paid staff position. Rob Hults, executive director and director of avian training, will continue his role, starting full time in 2020.