The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is currently looking to expand its Injured Bird Rescue Team and is seeking volunteers who would like to rescue for the Sanctuary.
We have been seeing a large increase in distress calls for sick and injured avian wildlife needing rescue. Many of these calls are for birds needing rescue in Hillsborough County, Manatee County, and Southern Pinellas County (particularly in southern St. Petersburg). To maximize response time we are looking for dedicated volunteers who live in or near these areas.
Field Rescue volunteer recruits are trained to evaluate situations and decide whether a bird needs to be captured and transported to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary’s Dr. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital for treatment. Recruits are also trained on how to safely capture and transport birds of various species. Besides helping birds, our Field Rescue volunteers provide valuable information and assistance to the public.
Becoming a rescue Volunteer for the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a great activity for those who want to learn more about wildlife, enjoy getting out into the field, evaluating situations and interacting with the public. The experience is ever-changing and ever challenging.
Requirements to become a Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Rescue Volunteer are as follows:
* Must be at least 18-years old.
* Must own a Smartphone.
* Must be willing to use their own vehicle.
* Possess a valid driver’s license and provide proof of auto insurance.
* Must be able to maintain a friendly and professional attitude in stressful situations.
* Possess good communication skills.
* Must never have been convicted of animal cruelty or neglect.
If approved and accepted to become a Rescue Volunteer, all rescuers will be provided with:
* Training on how to capture, hold, and transport sick or injured birds of various species, as well as how to evaluate a bird to decide whether a bird needs to be transported to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary’s Dr. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital for treatment.
* Bird Transport Carrier and towels.
* A Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Rescue Volunteer shirt and ID Badge.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY
18328 GULF BLVD, INDIAN SHORES, FL 33785, US
To rescue, treat, and rehabilitate sick and injured wild birds with the goal of releasing them back into their native habitat in the wild. To educate the general public about Florida's native wild bird population, and how to prevent and reduce man-made dangers wild birds face everyday.
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, LLC was founded on July 13th, 2016 as a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, treating, and rehabilitating sick and injured wild birds. On September 1st, 2016, Seaside opened up their 1.5 acre full-service avian hospital and sanctuary located in Indian Shores, Florida. Seaside was granted its 501(c)(3) non-profit status three months later on December 15th, 2016. On March 30th, 2017, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary held its official grand opening.