Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pelican release

I recently had the good fortune to see around 140 pelicans released from the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.They were all injured birds that had been brought to the sanctuary to be fixed up and rehabilitated in the past several months.

My friend Laura who volunteers there emailed me about the release and said I should come down and take pictures. Brett and I went thinking we'd help out but when we arrived there were over 40 volunteers waiting in line to get a pelican, get it banded and walk it down to the beach and set it free. It was great fun watching the smiling faces walking the pelicans down the beach. I'm sure the pelicans were happy as well.

If you are in the Redington Shores or Indian Shore beach area you should stop in and see the place. They have hundreds of permanently injured seabirds there along with a few owls, vultures and hawks. They are non-profit and there is no charge to get in but there are donation boxes around the place.

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