Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Beach is for the Birds....

This is my first time at the Beach... the white sandy beaches of Clearwater, FL.
While we were there we visited a nearby Bird Sanctuary.

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary  It is the largest non-profit avian hospital and sanctuary in the U.S. ( I copied that right off of their flyer).  Here they house birds that have been hurt in the wild.

They take in up to 8000 birds a year.  They try to return to the birds to their natural environment.

We saw one bird today that was the 125th bird to arrive at the sanctuary.  He is blind and is around 39 years old the lady feeding him told us.  That is almost double the average life expectancy of this bird.  There is a picture of him on the left.

It takes a lot of money to take care of and feed these birds 365
days a year.  They could really use our help.  So, here's my thought.  Ready?
You saw that gorgeous beach picture at the top of this blog post, right? Wouldn't you love to go there?  Me too.

So, next time you're in the area or just going to do something fun.  Take the money you would normally spend, make a donation to the sanctuary instead and take a sack lunch with some Cheez-Its to this beach instead... and visit the birds while you are there.  There is even a crow that says HELLO when you walk in.  Impressive.
And much more unique than the greeters at Wal*Mart.

Look a this guy on the right...trying to be me.  Lucky for me he doesn't type cause he sure was cute!  :)

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