If you are near the Pinellas County beaches and would like to add a little something different to your time on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico then consider a visit to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores.
Indian Shores is about 8 miles south of Clearwater beach and it is there that you will find the goodwill and tireless efforts of this rehabilitation center staffed by people dedicated to the rescue and treatment of sick and injured birds.
The birds on display at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary are permanently disabled birds that cannot be released back into the wild, as their disabilities would prevent them from surviving. As a result, these birds live out the rest of their lives being cared for by the dedicated staff of the sanctuary.
Birds that are being treated or rehabilitated for eventual release back into the wild are not put or display for the public to view. The birds that eventually can be released are not viewable to the public and are kept in the avian hospital or outdoor rehab aviaries.
Some birds that can be seen at the sanctuary are not injured or sick at all but freeloaders looking for a safe haven and an easy meal. They make nests within the trees of the property, and they too are welcome.
As John and I walked through the facility we encountered a friendly staff ready and willing to answer any of our questions. We want to especially thank Larry, a volunteer who spent about a half-hour with us answering all our questions and giving us an up-close encounter with a Screech Owl.
It made us very sad to hear about a future resident of the Sanctuary, one whose life had been recently saved. An American Bald Eagle will be out for public viewing mid-October 2020. He was brought to the sanctuary after having the terrible misfortune of not only being shot but electrocuted as well.
Thanks to the efforts of the Seabird Sanctuary, his life and countless others like him have been saved to either live out their lives at the sanctuary or be returned to the wild.
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is located at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores, Florida. Open 7 days a week from 8 am – 4 pm
Allow about one hour to view the entire facility. From time to time the sanctuary has special events, check their website to learn about the weekly happenings at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
The Pelican Hand-Feeding Presentation takes place daily at 2:30 pm in front of the Pelican aviaries. Here visitors can watch while Sanctuary staff hand-feed the Eastern Brown Pelicans.
Admission is absolutely free but donations are always needed.
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