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Rehab Facility Rejecting Birds

By February 9, 2013

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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!

Brown Pelican
Photo Rian Castillo


February 10, 2013 at 10:00 am
(1) cathartes says:

This is a constant struggle for many wildlife care centers. People seem to think that the center is a government run facility and we’re funded by tax dollars but that’s not true. It’s donations from individuals and vet clinics and help from local companies that keep us going. We struggle with gaining grants.

Then in the history of our own center, we struggled with how to spend the money. Some thought it was a waste of time to fix robins and ducks, etc. They felt those individual animals wouldn’t have that great an impact on the local wildlife population. It was felt that money would be better spent on the larger conservation issues.

Thankfully there were those that fought for the care center and we discovered that it was an excellent educational tool. People in the city found injured wildlife and wanted to take them some place for care. When they got here they learned about the impact of cats on birds, the side effects of poisoning mice and chemicals in the yard. They also learned about the natural life cycle of baby birds and squirrels. Best of all, they learned about all the other educational opportunities we had like the interpretive center, kids’ camps and nature walks.

Care centers are crucial to the community but it’s so hard to keep them going. Donations are their lifeblood.

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