Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Non Profit Parrot Rescue Organization


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Join Friends of FEBS

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FEBS has launched a new monthly giving sponsorship program called “Friends of FEBS” that allows you to designate an amount of your choice that will go towards a parrot species of your choosing in our Sanctuary.  100% of every dollar goes directly towards a sponsored parrot’s food, health care, treats and caregiver snuggle time.  This new program allows you to select a a monthly donation towards  a specific group such as African Greys, Cockatoos, Macaws, Eclectus, Amazons, Conures, Cockatiels, Special Needs birds or you can select “Any Parrot” if you can’t decide.  Payments are scheduled through PayPal and are safe and secure.  Our new website makes it easier for you to support the cause so dear to us all in taking care of these intelligent and beautiful birds and providing them a fulfilling life allowing them to “just be a bird” at FEBS.  Check out our new website and Friends of FEBS sponsorship program HERE.  We would love to hear what you think of our new site and program, please feel free email LizDion@FlaBirdSanctuary.com with your thoughts so we can continue to improve your experience and ensure we are doing all we can to benefit the birds here at the Sanctuary.

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FEBS New Website Launched!

We are pleased to announce that our new and refreshed website is live! It has been crafted to reflect what our followers and supporters told us would make a better experience—including a responsive technology underpinning for site access from a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

We also improved the structure of our content so you can find information quickly and easily.

Our primary goal with the new site is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about our mission and explore our programs.

Some of the new features you will enjoy include:

  • A Sanctuary Life Reimagined™ page that articulates how we re-IMAGINE the programs and facilities that we are adding to our new Hudson sanctuary grounds.
  • The Friends of FEBS program, which is a new monthly giving program with 100% of every dollar going directly towards sponsored parrots’ food, health care, treats and caregiver snuggle time.
  • Integrated social media buttons for Facebook and Twitter that allow you to follow and like FEBS—and post and tweet about FEBS in your own social media accounts.
  • New pictures and media in our FEBS Gallery, including the exciting progress on our Hudson sanctuary.
  • Online contact and volunteer application forms.
  • Downloadable PDF’s of key information, including bird placement, tours and planned giving programs.
  • Our new, online FEBS Store—get your FEBS t-shirt today 😉

 

PLEASE NOTE that we are now using a “.org” domain as we are a fully qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit (charitable organization.) Our old website (flabirdsanctuary.com) will no longer function. If you have bookmarked that site, you will automatically be redirected to our new site.

We would like to thank our board, staff and media team volunteers who donated their time and energy to make this site what it is.

We hope you like the changes, and if you have any feedback, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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FEBS Arbor/Shade System

Happy Friday everyone. Today’s post is  about our new arbor/shade system being installed by The Phoenix Solution.

Due to the extreme heat here in Florida, we knew that we needed a covered walkway not only for visitors but our staff and volunteers as well. We are very pleased with this design and hope many of you come visit us this summer! Of course we made sure the birdies had shade and misters first! Looking forward to a nice summer!
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The Cooks’ Story

This week’s special kudos go out to Bob and Sherryl Cook.   This couple came to us in 2012 with a Moluccan named Kyoshi and a Quaker parrot, Apache.  Their situation is a very familiar one. The Cooks needed to downsize, gave up the family home to their young son and wife, who soon realized life with a large bird and a young family did not mesh.

Recently retired, Dr. Cook and Sherryl have committed their free time not only to FEBS, but also serve Christ by volunteering at a soup kitchen once a week and are very active in the local community.  Bob leads 3 different bible studies and is President of his residential community village.  He works out religiously and loves physical fitness.  He takes Jack, his beloved Shi-Tzu, everywhere he goes including the Sanctuary. Jack has such a great time and gets his exercise in at FEBS everyday with Dad.

One of Bob’s true loves lies with helping animals.  He enjoys working with people and helping them walk through the transition and difficult decision of finding a new home for their family bird and just building relationships with people.   “I have been in their shoes and Pat was kind enough to accept my birds when no other place was acceptable to our standards” says Bob.  One thing led to another and now it’s have been 5 years.  Not only dedicating their time, the Cooks have taken on many rolls including being an integral part of the growth of FEBS.

Sherryl, Bob’s wife spends a great deal of time collecting bird feathers and helping keep the grounds beautiful by planting flowers and creating beautiful horticulture scenarios.  Sherryl’s passion benefits FEBS.  She loves feeding the birds and has contributed her time almost every day for 5 years.  She knows all the birds and calls them by name.  She loves doing creative things with the feathers and watching FEBS grow and see how it’s progressing.  She loves Learning new things such as how to ride a lawn mower and seeing how everything is coming together.  “The birds come first but the beauty helps fill it in” quotes Sherryl.  She gets attached to the birds, and says they are like little kids with feathers.   She communicates with the birds knowing their personalities and differences when she is collecting feathers, feeding or just perusing the grounds.  Sherryl says “Knowing someone is noticing them.  So much can be done with the feathers, everything comes back full circle.”   She loves identifying the feathers and how many shades of green or blue that come from the same bird.  Every time she looks for feathers it’s like an Easter egg hunt which she loved as a child.  Birds have such dimension that when we beautify the place it is relaxing and calming for the birds.

Thank you, Sherryl and Bob for your continued dedication and support of FEBS and all our feathered residents!


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New Website Coming Soon!

We are excited to share with you that we will be launching our new website and blog site next week!  Our media team has been hard at work with special thanks to Bonnie Lowell for volunteering her time and expertise designing and building this beautiful new site for FEBS.  We have a brand new “Friends of FEBS” program which you can join by giving a monthly donation of any amount.  You can sponsor any parrot type at FEBS through this program or select a parrot of your choosing.  The site provides an easy way to follow our featured campaign,  blogs, or fill out an online volunteer form and make an impact at the Sanctuary.  Stay tuned for an update next week for the official launch of our site and make sure you sign up for our blog.  We are requiring all users to resubscribe to our new blog.  Make sure you check your email as you won’t want to miss out on the great things happening at FEBS!

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Safety Tip Wednesday

Quite often we are asked if we can use rolls of sisal purchased from local hardware stores for toy-making, etc.   As you may have learned from our previous blogs regarding toy safety, we do not like to use toys made of string.  Sisal is a great alternative as the birds can break it easily.  We have long since used sisal as a replacement for cloth/string toys however it needs to be purchased from a pet safe distributor within the U.S.  Please check any packaging for a strong odor or from a foreign country as they may be preserved with pesticides.  Do not use these as they are toxic to the birds.  Buying rolls for toy-making is very cost effective but please make sure to purchase from a known source like MySafeBirdStore.com.  You may also search on the internet for key words “all natural”, “no pesticides”,  and “safe for bird toys” when shopping for sisal.

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