Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

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The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida. In 1990, its bird hospital was called "the largest wild bird hospital in North America".[1] It continues to operate solely on private donations and is the largest not-for-profit wild bird sanctuary and rehabilitation center in the United States. The sanctuary is dedicated to the Rescue, Repair, Rehabilitation and Release of sick and/or injured wild birds, and provides a permanent home to non-releasable birds in a safe and healthy environment.

In January, 2013, the sanctuary experienced a staff walk-out due to non-payment of wages.[2] The sanctuary remained open, thanks to the tireless efforts of a handful of dedicated individuals. In April 2013, the Sumter Disaster Animal Rescue Team helped the Sanctuary refurbish and prep the wild bird hospital to reopen.[3]

Due to a legal settlement in September of 2016, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary closed after 45 years of service. In its place is a new organization operating in the same Indian Shores location. It's now called the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.[4]

The new sanctuary rescues birds all over the Pinellas County area. Continued relationships in the community with veterinarians, wildlife experts and volunteers has kept the sanctuary viable.


  1. ^ Gatches, Pamela (April 8, 1990). "Seabird Sanctuary founder is honored". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lindberg, Anne (5 March 2013). "Times Staff Writer". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Miler-Most, Jen. "Executive Director". Sumter Disaster Animal Rescue Team. Tarpon Springs Patch. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
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Coordinates: 27°50′13″N 82°50′13″W / 27.83684°N 82.83681°W / 27.83684; -82.83681