The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has rescued tens of thousands of birds since it opened in 1971, but now it has to say no to new avian guests. According to the Tampa Bay Times, ongoing financial difficulties have forced the facility to stop accepting new birds needing rehabilitation. The sanctuary has tried to overcome its financial issues, but inconsistent leadership, poor fundraising efforts and the ever increasing needs of birds have taken their toll.
Over the years, the sanctuary has worked with birds of more than 155 species, and nine-tenths of the injured birds they receive are hurt from human actions, such as gunshot wounds, tangled in fishing line or inadvertent poisoning. While there are other regional facilities available for injured birds, none is as large, and for now, the help available to injured birds is uncertain.
If you find an injured bird, learn how to contact a bird rescue organization so you can get it the help it needs!
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