Where’s the Sanctuary


How to get to the Sanctuary

Baker Woodlot and Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Bird Sanctuary (RRNMBS) is located in the south-central section of the main Michigan State University campus. It is bordered to the north by Service Road, to the west by Farm Lane, to the east by Bogue Street and to the south by the C & O Railroad. The MSU Clinical Center is located immediately east of the Sanctuary.

There are three entrances to the Sanctuary.  Two can be found evenly spaced along the east fence on Bogue Street and one entrance on Farm Lane: near the northwest corner.  A bike rack is located at each entrance; bikers are encouraged to leave their bicycles secured to the rack before entering the Sanctuary as bikes are not allowed within the enclosed area. Vehicle parking is most readily available on Bogue Street.


Visitors traveling from outside the East Lansing area may obtain driving direction by visiting: http://maps.msu.edu/drivingdirections.html. Maps of the MSU campus can be readily accessed at http://maps.msu.edu/.  Baker Woodlot/RRNMBS can be found at http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/index.php?location=NLID.

Trail Map

There are several trails within the Sanctuary providing visitors with opportunities to view the diversity and abundance of life throughout the area. A trail map may be accessed at: http://www.cpa.msu.edu/nat_area/baker.htm.

Bird List

  1. American Crow
  2. American Goldfinch
  3. American Redstart
  4. American Robin
  5. Baltimore Oriole    
  6. Bay-breasted Warbler
  7. Black-and-White Warbler
  8. Blackburnian Warbler
  9. Black-capped Chickadee
  10. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  11. Black-throated Green Warbler
  12. Blue Jay
  13. Brown-headed Cowbird
  14. Cedar Waxwing
  15. Chipping Sparrow
  16. Common Grackle
  17. Common Yellowthroat
  18. Downy Woodpecker
  19. Eastern Wood Pewee
  20. Fox Sparrow
  21. Gray Catbird
  22. Great Horned Owl
  23. Great Blue Heron    
  24. House Wren    
  25. Least Flycatcher
  26. Magnolia Warbler
  27. Mallard
  28. Nashville Warbler
  29. Northern Cardinal
  30. Northern Parula
  31. Ovenbird
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  33. Red-eyed Vireo
  34. Red-tailed Hawk
  35. Red-winged Blackbird
  36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  37. Scarlet Tanager
  38. Song Sparrow
  39. Swainson’s Thrush
  40. Tennessee Warbler
  41. Tufted Titmouse
  42. Veery
  43. White-breasted Nuthatch
  44. White-throated Sparrow
  45. Wood Duck
  46. Wood Thrush
  47. Yellow-rumped Warbler