It is hard to believe we are more than halfway through 2017. It was nearly a year ago that Seaside Seabird Sanctuary assumed all operations from the previous sanctuary. Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is your stand alone, completely independent, Seabird Sanctuary on the Gulf Coast. It has not been an easy year in transition as we want to make sure there is no confusion about who we are as Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, a 100% public-funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that needs you and your financial support to keep the legacy of rehabilitation and rescues alive for years to come. That aside, throughout our first year we have made considerable headway into forming a solid team, putting in place new management, ensuring all permits are current, and most importantly, nurturing a fresh approach to wildlife and the environment.
We continue our mission as environmental stewards caring for sick and injured land and seabirds that we rescue and receive from good samaritans within our community. As we develop and shape our future at Seaside, we understand that education through onsite programs and outreach is critical to making a difference. Our mission at Seaside has evolved to not only being one of wildlife care, but also to include promoting a sustainable approach to the environment to minimize bird injuries and illness in the first place.
Our grand opening this Spring was a wonderful gathering. Bayou Catering put on a nice spread, and city council members and leaders attended from up and down the Gulf Coast, as well as many of our loyal supporters from the local communities and beyond. We featured a young and accomplished author, Charlie Parker, whose children’s book, Charlie’s Shore PALS, was inspired by his many visits to the Seabird Sanctuary. The event culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing Seaside Seabird Sanctuary as your sanctuary on the Gulf Coast. We hope you enjoyed the get-together and have visited in the meantime or plan to soon!
As with any new non-profit, we rely on your support! Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accepts donations, both in-kind and material, but we always need your financial support. We feed over 110 permanently injured resident birds daily. Our small, yet dedicated, staff has offered critical care to over 1,300 sick, injured, or orphaned birds representing over 128 different species in 2017 to date. In total, the monthly cost to sustain rescue and rehabilitation operations is nearly $30,000. Please consider Seaside Seabird Sanctuary for your general giving, annual non-profit contributions, or in your estate or will planning.
For further information on how to give to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, and to hear about what the birds may need at any time, please call our business manager, Brian Tharp, at (727) 392-4291. Also, we are always looking for motivated, passionate volunteers. Call (727) 391-6211 for the details.
Please visit our website, www.seabirdsanctuary.com, to stay abreast of the latest news and developments at Seaside. Also, we encourage you to join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. We look forward to seeing each of you this summer at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary!
Remember we each make a difference and together we will go far. Please support the birds, and always stay in touch.