Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Non Profit Parrot Rescue Organization

NEWS FLASH: FEBS Will Be At The Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival This Weekend!

Come see FEBS this weekend!

Hey there everyone! We wanted to let you know that this weekend Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd FEBS will be hanging out at the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park in Lutz, Florida!

FEBS staff and volunteers will be there with a few of the FEBS Spokesbirds. We will be selling our 2013 calendar designed by our very own Leslie Caroleo, Owner of Mayko Design and also Director for FEBS. She generously donates her talents to creating artwork for the Sanctuary!

2013 FEBS Calendars will be for sale!

We also will be selling FEBS t-shirts and private artwork of the birds from FEBS as well as Dream Catchers made with the naturally molted feathers from our rescued Parrots. The Dream Catchers are handcrafted by Rose Rohner and Leslie Caroleo. We also have donated, handmade sculptures by Maria Spradlin that will be for sale as well. All proceeds will benefit the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary!

Leslie with feathered friend and the FEBS T-shirt.

Now here’s some more specific information about the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park in Lutz:

The FFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, Inc. will hold its 33rd annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Park, N. Dale Mabry Road (south of Van Dyke Rd.) Admission is FREE but Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Department collects a $2 per car charge.

This vibrant event attracts between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors each year and features over 250 vendors with a wide variety of artists of every medium participating thereby offering the public a huge array of art and handmade items from which to choose. There are booths showcasing paintings, photography, jewelry, wood carving, ceramics/pottery, stained glass, quilts and, of course, great food. This is a juried art show with several categories of art forms and cash prizes are awarded by the Women’s Club.

The food offerings are always a big draw at this festival and will include the Women’s Club booth with hot dogs and their famous peach cobbler. Many other food booths will feature delicious BBQ, Cuban food, sausages, funnel cakes and much more!

Mark your calendar to do your Christmas shopping in this enjoyable and festive atmosphere, bring the kids along and have a delightful weekend locally while supporting the Woman’s Club. These hard-working ladies have been serving our community for over 50 years and the proceeds of this event will insure that they can continue their good work and provide support to so many of our local organizations! Their motto is ‘Serve Today For a Better Tomorrow’!

So as you can see it’s a great time for everyone, you can get your Christmas shopping done and support local artists and charities like FEBS!! And the most important reason to go besides supporting FEBS is that it’s where the cool people hang out! You want to be cool with us right? So there, it’s settled! We’ll see you there! 🙂

Where: Lake Park, N.Dale Mabry Rd. (south of Van Dyke Rd.)
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much: FREE with a $2 per charge charge.
Why: To support FEBS and local artists and organizations 

Meet The Residents: Spike – The Lesser Sulfer Crested Cockatoo

Meet our feathered friend, Spike!

Today I would like you to meet Spike. Spike is a 12 year old Lesser Sulfer Crested Cockatoo who found his forever home with us at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

Spike was originally purchased by his owner from a pet store because he was showing signs of aggression and abuse. The owners heart went out to him so she raised the money the pet store wanted in order to get Spike out of there. He lived with his new owners and their Sun Conure for a number of years and because of that became much friendlier.

After the owner’s Sun Conure died Spike started to become aggressive again and the owner was no longer able to take him out of his cage because she was afraid of him at that point. Sometimes Spike would let his owner touch him but then for no reason he would  attack her!

He had his nice days and his angry days with his owner but had a whole host of behaviors and quirks that made it difficult for her to continue to care for him. Some of the behaviors were he was a screamer and could go non-stop for many hours on end. He would throw his food out of his bowl constantly, wasting 75% of it, and was really spoiled and preferred to be hand-fed rather than eat directly from the bowl where he wouldn’t touch it.

Spike also didn’t like baths or being misted as well as loud noises or sudden movements. He also didn’t like when anyone changed their appearance which would make him scream too.

Spike does loves to eat and tear into peanuts in the shell, eggs, cereal, pretzels and green grapes. His main diet is Zupreem Fruit Blend so if you’d like to donate some to him there’s a link at the end of this blog. Fortunately Spike has never plucked his feathers which is a blessing. His owner really loved him but just couldn’t trust that Spike wouldn’t hurt her because of his aggression so she brought him to FEBS in the hopes that he would be much happier in a Sanctuary setting in his forever home. He is fairly new to FEBS but we are sure that he’ll settle in, make friends and feel at ease and happy very soon.


NEWS: Keep In Mind That FEBS Is A Member of Ebay Giving!

The holiday season is yet again upon us and we would like to remind everyone that Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Inc. (FEBS) is a member of Ebay Giving! So please think of us when making your holiday donations to charities.

For those of you who don’t know, Ebay Giving is a way that people can donate to their favorite charities when selling or buying items on Ebay. You can make a cash gift to your favorite non-profit organization and you can donate as little as $1 using PayPal and your donation will be delivered safely and securely to the charity of your choice.

You can also set up ‘My Favorite Non-Profit’ so that it’s easier to support your favorite charities whenever you buy or sell on Ebay because you decide which non-profit you see when checking out or creating a listing.

If you’re buying something on Ebay all you have to do at check out is pick one of your favorite charities to donate to and state how much you want to donate this time. You are never obligated to donate anything but when you do want to donate it’s really easy to do so.

If you’re selling stuff on Ebay you can donate a percentage or a set amount of money to your favorite charity for every item you sell. In this way you can also set up a fundraiser for your charity where you sell things and donate a percentage of the sales to your charity. It’s fun and it’s really easy to do.

If you would like more information on how Ebay Giving works you can CLICK HERE to read more about it. If you want to designate FEBS as one of your favorite non-profits be sure to look us up under ‘Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Inc.’

Meet The Residents: LaLa – The Scarlet Macaw

The Birdmother, Pat, with LaLa, the Scarlet Macaw!

Next up on our Meet The Residents column is LaLa, the Scarlet Macaw! LaLa was flown to FEBS from California in May 2011 via Delta’s Pet First Program. She is only 6 years old and will live to be at least 90 years old!!

When she came to us she had no tail feathers at all which was unusual because these Macaws have 20-24 inch tail feathers normally. Her owner was concerned for her well being because he could not provide her with the attention she needed and because of that she was starting to act out by screaming and being very destructive even before her sexual maturity which would not occur for another two to three years!

After six months with us she now has grown her tail feathers out again but she does not like it touched. She is, however, a very sweet bird and gives great kisses! We all love her here at FEBS and are very glad to have her in our feathered friends family!

NEWS: Halloween Pet Costume Contest Results

First Place Winner: Little Marine Doggie!

We wanted to show you all the pictures from the recent Halloween Pet Costume Contest that was sponsored by East West Animal Hospital on October 27th, 2012. The winner was the Little Marine Doggie pictured above and the second place winner were the little yellow ‘Peeps’ seen below.

Second Place Winner: Little Yellow ‘Peeps’!

There were raffle tickets that were bought and gift baskets that were filled with pet treats as well as toys that were given away. The raffle was a 50/50 with 50% of the proceeds going to The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS)!

Another clever costume – The Cat That Ate The Canary!

We would like to thank everyone very much for having us and for all the fun too. FEBS brought out two Eclectus to the costume party. First was Jezza, Leslie Caroleo’s little fostered female, who wore a little pink Tu-Tu. Then Billy Lollar brought Dakota, his fostered male, and he was wearing an adorable tux that his wife, Julie, made just for the occasion!

Dakota and Jezza make a cute couple in their costumes!

Aren’t they the cutest little couple!!

Leslie and Billy with Jezza and Dakota

Here are some of the other great pictures from the Halloween Pet Costume Contest:

The Jailbird!!

The judges had a hard time in front of them because all the costumes were so great and original!

The Judges had a hard time deciding the winners…the were all so good!

and there were even some strange pets there too like this possum that Pat, the Birdmother, fell in love with!!

Pat, the Birdmother, even got to snuggle with a Possum!

All in all a great time was had by all and FEBS’ residents got some help from their friends with 50% of the proceeds of the raffle going to help FEBS continue their great work!

Some of the happy crowd poses for a picture!

Meet The Residents: Jezza

Jezza and Leslie, her foster parent!

Meet Jezza! Jezza was a rescue that came to FEBS 3 years ago. Her owners could not stand to watch her continue to  pull her feathers out and finally realized something drastic needed to be done. They searched for Sanctuaries and found ours. After a tour to answer all their concerns and questions they felt it would be in Jeeza’s best interest to bring her to FEBS to try and get her to stop plucking.

After some time here we realized that she had already done too much damage to the feather follicles and that she would never be able to grow feathers back again. During this time, Leslie, one of our Directors, fell in love with this bird and asked if she could foster her at her home.

This arrangement has worked out very well for Jeeza and she is happy and healthy. Normally our rescues are introduced to the outdoors in flight cages but with no feathers that is just not possible for Jeeza.

Jeeza goes to many events with us. Most recently she was at the Wiregrass Mall Fresh Mart (that’s where the photo above was taken) and she was also entered into the Halloween Pet Contest that we had recently too!

NEWS: FEBS and the Wiregrass Mall Fresh Market Event!

Come see FEBS every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Great news! You can see FEBS and some of our birds every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wiregrass Mall Fresh Market! Pat, Leslie, Billy, JD, Billy and Maria will all be there with some of FEBS’ feathered friends talking to the public about education and the challenges of Parrot ownership as well as passing out brochures, FEBS tattoos and feathers.

Floyd and Dakota (and their sidekick) doing their jobs!

One of the best things is to come by and see Floyd and Billy’s bird, Dakota, who is a male Eclectus taking donations from the public!! They really love to do it and everyone gets a thrill watching them take the money and put it in the jar.

Floyd likes to supervise Dakota with the donations!

It makes everyone smile plus it does so much for FEBS to get those donations! So please come and see us, give Floyd and Dakota something to do, and help FEBS keep them happy and well fed with your donations!

Dakota loves taking your donations and putting them in the jar!!

This plucked bird is one of the rescues that came to FEBS with hardly no feathers. She was stressed because her family was going through a divorce and she was picking up on all the stress in the environment.

Jezza came to FEBS because the stress in her household caused her to pluck her feathers.

Her name is Jezza and she is 12 years old. Leslie, one of our Directors, is fostering her at her home. She is currently fostering 5 of FEBS’ birds until we can build them sheltered flight cages! This is where those donations that Dakota and Floyd collect can contribute to as well.

We are one of the few non-profits that have been invited to attend the Wiregrass Mall Fresh Market every other Saturday of the month. There are lots of vendors there selling their crafts and foods as well and it’s a really nice open air outdoor mall and we are able to set up our tables and birds and walk around with the birds too.

The Birdmother, Pat, with Leslie and Maria at Fresh Market!

We were a HUGE HIT our first time there. We were had lots of parrot education going on and talked for 6 straight hours!! We were able to talk three people out of going out and buying a Parrot! They thanked us profusely because like most they didn’t realize how much was involved with taking care of the Parrots and keeping them healthy and happy.

Come on down to Wiregrass Mall’s Fresh Market and see us!!

We also took in almost $150.00 in cash donations before we realized that we could have done so much more by having Dakota take their money. They were lining up to get him to take it! Apparently Birds trump humans! 🙂