Team EFA's June COTM:
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
chosen by Ashley of BirdsInHand
Photographs courtesy of SSS
Located in Florida , the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is the largest nonprofit wild bird hospital in the world. Founded by zoologist Ralph T. Heath, the Sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured birds. Many are released upon recovery, but some (unable to survive in the wild) remain at the Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is equipped with medical facilities, with veterinarians and professionally trained staff working year-round. Volunteers are also an integral part of the operations. The facilities stay busy, with dozens of birds admitted daily, as well as many visitors.
Duck in Hospital
Over 8,000 birds are brought to the Sanctuary each year, the overwhelming majority of whom are injured due to human causes. Birds face hazards such as fishing line, hooks, gunshots, pollution, and pesticide poisoning. Those birds lucky enough to be brought to the Sanctuary have an 80% success rate of re-entry into the wild.
Needless to say, much money is needed to keep these valuable services up and running. It is now “baby bird season” and the Sanctuary is even more pressed for resources.
My shop BirdsinHand will match up to $200 in donations made to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary during the month of June.
I’d like to challenge my fellow EFA members to see how much we can raise for this worthy cause!