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Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

Updated on October 8, 2014

The Important Work of the Bird Sanctuary

During a Florida Gulf Coast vacation a few years ago, we visited the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. These are photos from our visit along with original inspired poems about these birds and the dedicated volunteers.

Helping the birds is what the volunteers do

Be the birds maimed or tarred with goo

A home or shelter while injuries heal

To get on with their lives after such an ordeal


Poetry copyright MindyMakuta (aka MyFairLadyah) Reprint with Permission

Rescued Pelicans at the Sanctuary

The Bird Sanctuary

A bird arrives flightless with a bent wing

That needs to quickly be righted

Others were doused in oil while floating

They wished on these waters they'd not alighted

Good care is given by human hands

To hundreds of our avian friends

Some to be released; some to stay on land

Depending on how they react and mend

For 30 plus years a sanctuary sits

On a Florida Gulf Coast beach

Among the high-rises the care station fits

To salve and to cure and to teach

Support the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

Rescued Raptors

Sanctuary Facts

Founded in 1971 by zoologist Ralph T. Heath Jr.

Home to 600+ resident and recuperating wild birds

600 Pounds of fish to feed daily

20-40 Birds rescued or admitted per day

10,000 Birds admitted each year

Largest non-profit wild bird hospital in U.S.

85% Average successful recuperation release rate

About Bird Sanctuaries

Thank you for Coming to Learn - Visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary link (below) to Learn More

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