Awards & Testimonials

FEBS is honored to be a five year recipient of, and one of the first winners of a 2017 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonProfits.org!  “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2017 Nonprofit,” says Patricia Norton, founder, Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.  The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that FEBS received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with FEBS have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

My umbrella cockatoo “Malley” now calls FEBS his home. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done to give him up, but the only way I was able to do it is because I knew that FEBS would be able to give him a life more in line with his nature than what I could ever give him.

They are always making improvements with the birds’ best interest in mind. The volunteers are great and know all the birds by name and what they do and don’t like.

The fact that a place like FEBS has to exist is unfortunate, but they are doing an outstanding job of giving these birds a place they can “just be birds” for the rest of their lives.

I’ve had my Blue and Gold Macaw, ‘Perikeen’, for eighteen years – nearly his entire life has been spent with me and my husband. He doesn’t care for strangers, he doesn’t like change in his routines and we enjoy his company (most of the time) and love him (all of the time). Certainly no one could accuse us of abusing him – he had three cages: one in the house where he spent his nights eating dinner and snacks with us, watching TV, doing dishes (he loved helping with the dishes!) and playing games; another was outside in a covered porch where he could see us as we came and went all day – since we work from home, he always had someone talking to him, interacting with him all day long; the last one was a large cage hanging from a tree where he could see all around him, see the sky and the ground, see the other birds and wildlife in the area, as well as see us anytime we were outside.

He pretty much had the “Life of Riley” – he’d get treats throughout the day, had interaction with us almost constantly and had more toys to play with than most children, but still we worried that he wasn’t happy. He would have screaming fits daily – just scream and scream and scream and nothing would satisfy him during those times. He would also bite us without provocation – just ‘cause he felt like it or was in a bad mood, perhaps out of frustration or boredom. I guess if I lived in a cage, or even three cages, I’d probably feel like biting someone, too.

My husband and I had discussed placing him into a sanctuary in the past – wondering if he would be happier there with the other birds, out in a large flight cage where even he, the klutziest bird known to man, might be able to fly (and land) like a real bird. But, other than do a little research online, I never pursued it – until this year. As happens with most changes in life, this one was brought on by changes in our circumstances, so, the decision was made – Perikeen would be getting a new home…

I have my beloved macaw, Millie, at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary because I knew she needed to be with her own kind. Before choosing a permanent home for her I did research on area sanctuaries and found FEBS to be by far the best around.

Founder Pat Norton has such a love for these birds her life long goal is to give them the best life possible and let them be a bird. Although the Sanctuary moved from another location a couple of years ago, it has continued to prosper and excel in what it has to offer the birds. They are in flights that allow them ample room to fly and interact with other birds of their breed. Because Pat has business savvy she excels in fund raising and planning for expansion. Many volunteers gladly give their time for feeding, cleaning, building flights, caring for the grounds, and many other things that a facility of this kind requires. FEBS is deserving of the recognition for the best nonprofit facility.

They do great things for parrots, plus give them fantastic love and care. 

I have volunteered helping there with numerous other people. They have accomplished amazing results with the resources they have to work with. Have been donating to them for several years and have had parrots myself for over 20 years. Had parakeets ( budgies ) for 15 plus years before getting parrots.

I visited the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary not quite knowing what to expect. I knew they had a lot of parrots in their care and had seen Patricia Norton on the WFLA Daytime show and that tickled my heart.

On the day I visited, I got to see the birds being fed, saw the new flight cages and watched a contractor placing a really cool “arbor shade” system on one of the cages. I could have stayed all day. What really amazed me was how well operations are run at this sanctuary.

I can only imagine what a responsibility it is to shelter, feed, care for (and keep amused) 700 or more parrots… but the staff made it look easy and most of all, enjoyable.

My blue and gold macaw, Sebastian, was my feathered baby. After much research and two visits to Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, I knew I was putting him the best environment possible; a place where he could socialize with his kind and live his long life to the fullest. Pat took him in and has taken good care of him for many years. I can only thank the sanctuary from the bottom of my heart. I now have peace of mind knowing he is happy.