Save Our Seabirds Rehabilitates the Injured on Lido Key
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Save Our Seabirds is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured birds and to educating the greater Sarasota community about seabirds, their habitats, and environmental sustainability.
The Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center is located at the north end of Lido Key, immediately east of the Mote Marine Laboratory. Save Our Seabirds is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured birds and to educating the greater Sarasota community about seabirds, their habitats, and environmental sustainability. Some birds are given permanent homes at the Wild Bird Learning Center when they cannot be safely released into native habitats.
Save Our Seabirds, Inc., was first established in Tierra Verde by Lee Fox in 1990. In 2006, the old “Pelican Man’s” Bird Sanctuary on Lido Key shut down; the site was neglected until 2008, when Fox persuaded the City of Sarasota to re-open the facility as Save Our Seabirds. Bird rescue and rehabilitation had returned to Lido Key. With support from throughout the community and a grant from the Selby Foundation, Save Our Seabirds continues to upgrade its Lido Key location and expand its mission. The organization now rescues and rehabilitates about 1,000 birds annually. The work is dependent on dozens of active volunteers and generous donors.
Save Our Seabirds sponsors field trips, public seminars, and an internship program. Science teachers are encouraged to make field trip reservations. Educational tours of the Wild Bird Learning Center are offered at 4 different grade levels: K-2, 2-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Special tours for corporations, non-profits, schools, and families can also be arranged. Save Our Seabirds offers Oiled Wildlife Response Training to prepare volunteers for future oil spills. The organization pro-actively takes science education to the community by participating in events like the Sarasota Bay Water Festival and the Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival.
The Wild Bird Learning Center on Lido Key covers 130,000 square feet and shelters more than 200 birds, both exotic and native species, on any average day. Visitors are invited to follow the shade-covered boardwalk and get acquainted with some new feathered friends. The Wild Bird Learning Center is located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway on Lido Key; the Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.