Suncoast Bird Sanctuary. - Orlando / Florida Guide
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It is always nice to credit people who devote their lives to animal rescue and if you visit Indian Shores on Florida' s Gulf Coast you can visit a wonderful sea bird sanctuary.
The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a not for profit organisation that was founded in 1971 by Ralph Heath, a zoologist who is ably assisted by dozens of volunteers. Over the years we have been coming to Florida we have many times seen a fisherman accidentally catch a seabird when casting his rod and it is very distressing to watch, let alone what the bird feels. Ninety per cent of all the birds brought in to this sanctuary have been harmed by humans. Isn' t that appalling? Most birds are released within a day or two after some tender loving care, but there are some that are too severely injured and they have become permanent residents. If the captive birds breed, these are released to live a natural life in the wild.
The volunteers tell us that a staggering 10, 000 birds are helped by the organisation annually from over 150 different species. They also have a breeding program for the endangered Eastern Brown Pelican. The hope is that one day this bird will once again be part of the bird population of Florida.
Everyone is welcome to visit this rescue centre and there is no charge made; however, they do rely on public donations so a small appreciation is welcomed.
If you can make up a group of 10 or more, they will offer you a guided tour. I suggest you call ahead to organise this 727 391 6211
This bird sanctuary is the largest in the whole of the United States and during your visit you will see around 60 birds in a beach side setting.
The centre is open 365 days a year. Afterwards, you can have a relaxing day at this, or one of the many other splendid beaches in the area.
Suncoast Sea Bird Sanctuary
18328 Gulf Bvd
Phone 727 391 6211
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