Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Non Profit Parrot Rescue Organization

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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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Volunteers Coming Through on Saturdays

Wow! What an Extraordinary Saturday!  We had a full parking lot of volunteer help.  This is our goal for every day.  Our birdies don’t take a day off, they need your help 365 days a year, rain or shine.  We could use a few extra feeders on weekdays between 8am -3pm and Sundays between 10am – 1pm.  If you have availability during these hours, there are two shifts that need filled; a morning feeding at 8am or a second feeding and water change between noon and 3pm.  Please contact us at 1-844-352-2473 and select option 2 to leave a message and your contact info or email birdmother@flabirdsanctuary.com.  We will be happy to get back to you within 24 hours.  Please remember we offer students over the age of 16 a safe fulfilling environment to meet their high school requirement service hours at FEBS.  Feel free to visit the website and fill out the volunteer application HERE and email it to birdmother@flabirdsanctuary.com



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A Special Volunteer Thank You

This week we want to give a special thanks to a volunteer named Kenneth Kelly.  He worked his entire vacation week from 12/11-12/16 at FEBS!   Ken is from New York and is a retired Navy man who worked on submarines.  He has a Blue and Gold Macaw, a Green Wing Macaw, and an Umbrella Cockatoo at home.  He plans to move to Florida soon (we can’t wait) :).  We can’t say thank you enough to all he and the many volunteers have done.  You all make such a huge difference every day. When asked what Ken thought of what we were doing at FEBS he said “It’s unique… we are making it happen.. it can be done”.  Thank you for all of your hard work.  To find out how you can help FEBS click the link below.


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