Tampa Bay Entertainment, Dining, Beaches, Golf, Etc. => Tampa Bay Entertainment and Attractions => Topic started by: TBTourist on September 05, 2010, 08:39:34 PM

Title: The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Post by: TBTourist on September 05, 2010, 08:39:34 PM
We visited The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary recently and if you like seabirds, then you should visit also!  Admission is FREE, but they need donations to feed and care for all of the birds they rescue.  The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has really kept them busy this Summer.  

Speaking of the Gulf of Mexico, if you're walking the beach in Indian Shores, then you can enter the Sanctuary from the beach.  The main entrance sits at 18328 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores, Fl 33785 727-391-6211 or 727-391-2473.

The non-profit Seabird Sanctuary is the largest wild bird hospital in the USA based on the 8,000 birds that they help annually. They
 saved so many oily birds from death this Summer, that their efforts should be applauded by everyone who loves birds.  A lot of the cleaned and rehabilitated birds from the oil spill region were released right here in Tampa Bay. 

Here's a quote of statistics from their website...

OUR BIRDS . . . By the Numbers

600     Pounds of fish to feed our birds per day
20-45     Birds rescued or admitted per day
38     Years as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit seabird sanctuary
365     Days open per year - EVERYDAY ALL YEAR!
12     Average hours per day hospital is open for rescued birds
150     Average number of volunteers each year
34     Workers on staff needed to treat all the birds
8,000     Up to 8,000 birds admitted each year
85-90     Percent of injuries birds suffer from humans
#1     Largest nonprofit wild bird hospital in U.S.
90     Average percent successful release rate of injured pelicans
16,000+    Number of international sanctuary members
$1,000,000    Annual sanctuary dollars needed to save the birds

View their website below for more information like their address.  They are open every day of the year.  

http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com (http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com)

Click the photos to make them larger.  
Title: Re: The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Post by: TBTourist on September 05, 2010, 09:24:18 PM
More photos of the seabirds are below.  Click to make them larger.