It was wonderful visit - and as close as I would get as an artist to some of the birds of Florida. The place looked really nice for the inhabitants and they looked well cared for. I would rate it as high as I did visiting the Mote and friendlier in some instances. It was a wonderful walk - and a good place to donate - rate it very high!!!! Spend the time -
On November 1, 2008, Save our Seabirds opened to the public in the same location where Pelican Man Sanctuary was located. After being abandoned for four years, it took a crew of volunteers 6 months to remove the lush overgrowth that had consumed and buried the old sanctuary. Now it is open to the public with no admission charge. It is up and running as a seabird rehab facility, accepting injured/sick birds on a daily basis.
If you like birds, this is for you, no matter your age. It mimics a zoo, compact, with attractive areas featuring open (netted or screened) housing for birds, separated by species. The section for birds of prey is located away from the others.
When we were there, we were given a "tour" of their small veterinary hospital. Vets donate their services to help injured and stranded birds brought to this sanctuary. Birds which can't be released back in the wild (can no longer fly, for example) find shelter here.
PMBS is a terrific family spot for all ages if you're looking for a short and inexpensive diversion. (allow yourself about 1.5 hours) The facilty includes permanantly disabled local birds of all kinds in natural, clean enclosures shaded by beautiful landscaping. The number of volunteers that keep PMBS running attest to what a special place it is. PMBS is very easily handicap accessible.
Situated right across from Mote Marine, another wonderful sanctuary, The Pelican Man's place is fascinating. I'd plan at least a couple of hours. Bring your camera. Then when you've seen all the birds and talked ot the volunteers there, head over to Mote to see the manatees and other sea critters.
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful place. We were able to get up-close to so many beatiful birds and animals that we had previously only seen in photographs! The best part is their rescue work -- they save 6,000 animals every year in their wildlife hospital. The grounds a pretty, the people really care. Go see the Pelican Man when you visit Sarasota.
This sanctuary was started by the "pelican man" because he loved pelicans, and sympathized with the hurt and damaged birds. It has expanded to include many different species, and the passion that goes into the care for these birds is phenomenal. I have to credit the "pelican man" and all of those who work there. Great work, guys!
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