Though it is not normal policy, procedure, or a requirement for a wildlife rehabilitation facility to discuss the status or outcome of a wild bird that has been admitted to their hospital to the general public, Seaside's hospital staff will, if time permits, give a status update to a person who drops off a bird if they call and ask as a courtesy. You can call the Sanctuary's Hospital at 727-399-1310 to request the status of a bird that was admitted. We do recommend that you wait at least 2-3 days before you call since most birds conditions, depending on their injury, won't change for the first couple of days. The ringers on the hospital phones are turned off as to not cause stress to the sick birds. In addition, the hospital staff are extremely busy treating the hundreds of birds that are in the hospital. Due to this, all calls will automatically go to the hospital's voicemail. Be sure to leave a message, and, if time permits, a member of the hospital staff will return your call with a status update as soon as it is convenient. Please understand that status requests are a courtesy, and not all calls will be returned.
No, we do not treat pet birds. The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a non-profit avian rehabilitation sanctuary and hospital that treats wild birds. Once you admit a bird to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, the bird can not be returned back to the person who admitted it.
Note: When choosing a carrier to place the injured bird, choose one that is appropriate for the size of the bird. An injured bird placed in a carrier too large could result in the bird moving around and injuring itself even more. It would also take away the availability of a larger carrier that may be needed if someone drops off a larger bird after you.
Normal business hours drop-off (8:00am - 4:00pm):
Bring the bird tothe reception area in front of the Dr. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital located near the
No, you do not need to pay for the birds treatment. The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary takes full responsibility of the bird once you drop it off.
If you find a sick or injured bird, you can bring it to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary where our dedicated and experienced hospital staff will diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate the bird for release back into the wild.
front entrance of the Sanctuary, fill out the white "Hospital Admission Form" on the podium, and ring the doorbell for assistance.
After hours drop-off (4:00pm - 8:00am):
Place the sick or injured bird in one of the pet carriers in the "After Hours Injured Bird Drop-Off" building, located just outside of the Sanctuary's main entrance. Fill out one of the "Hospital Admission Forms" located on the counter and clip it to the outside of the carrier door with one of the clothespins provided.
We will accept any type of sick or injured wild bird.