Sanctuary Life Reimagined™
We have only just begun to re-IMAGINE the programs and facilities that we are adding to our new grounds. We are reaching out to an ever-widening span of partners and benefactors. Of course, we will continue to have volunteer opportunities to care for and feed the parrots -- over 700 already. As always, newcomers come to us on a regular basis and this means that we must be prepared to expand.
As we grow, we will be building relations with a diversity of new partners, benefactors, nonprofits and consultants such as veterinarian schools, permaculture and ecological design experts, solar companies, landscape architects, plumbers, avian researchers, students and product suppliers. This is just for starters. Your support in kind or through grants and donations will be the wind beneath our wings.
Take a look at some of our near future re-imaginings on this page. Let us know what you think by submitting an email on our contact page or sharing this on social media. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Our first milestone became a reality early 2017 when Pasco County approved the site plan for the 4,400 square foot hurricane shelter, pictured above. The plan calls for a twenty-two car parking lot in front of the structure (not pictured), including space for anyone who is physically disabled.
Our three-stage intake process for those birds who are new to the sanctuary and haven't yet received a clean bill of health. We are pleased to announce that according to our preliminary floor plan, we will finally have a climate emergency area specifically for quarantined birds.
Our vision also includes a special area for parrots who may need to be temporarily boarded during a hurricane including an adjacent free flight area (you can recognize these in the sketch above by the two curved domes stretching out; the long main building in the rough sketch.)
There will be amenities for staff and volunteers who will have a break area and kitchen - not to mention an office and reception area, including storage closets. For staff and volunteers, we there will be a large enough storage area specifically designed to easily receive, organize and store food. A connected room is next door to prepare nuts, food and water dishes. Conveniently, the room next door will give staff and volunteers a dedicated area to recycling and a crafting parrot toys.
Avian Vet Clinic
Scholarships, Research and Intern Opportunities
When our hurricane shelter is built, it will contain an avian veterinarian clinic. Nestled between FEBS' offices and the shelter, the avian clinic will enable us to monitor, treat and heal parrots on the spot. When it comes to most exotic bird sanctuaries, the capability to maintain the health of parrots–even during extreme climate and weather events–will make us unique.
We intend it to keep it open all year in collaboration with veterinarian schools. We are opening conversations with schools, clinics, students and organizations who are interested in participating in creating a state of the art facility. Internships and research are an important goal.
We love our bird suppliers, that goes without saying. It's why we designed into the sanctuary re-IMAGINED plan a distribution room right off storage, with a delivery staging area complete with a food cart. No more hand-carried buckets.
Parrot lovers know fresh food is paramount to happiness. Parrots love mango, pomegranate, bananas, cantaloupe and apple. Some like raw vegetables, including broccoli, leafy greens, root vegetables, grains and nuts.
We're ready to take the next step and that means coming up with a step-by-step plan to bring hydroponics into the sanctuary. Different from farming, hydroponics means we need to use and deplete less soil. Not only that, but it will let us use less water. More than this, hydroponics leads to less diseases and higher soil yields. To sum it up, incorporating hydroponics into the sanctuary makes a healthy diet more affordable and the parrots happier.