Keep up to date on what is new at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

November 25th, 2017:

  • It is a sad day here at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary as one of our long time permanent residents, "Isis," our Red-Tailed Hawk, passed away today. Isis had been a resident at this facility for over 27 years, arriving here back in 1990. Isis lived well past her life expectancy, as she was over 30 years old. As one of our most well-known residents here at the Sanctuary, Isis will be forever missed by staff, volunteers, and loyal visitors. Our hearts go out to Isis' handler, Cathy Costa. Cathy was Isis' handler for approximately 20 years.

September 24th, 2017:

  • The 2nd level of the Sanctuary's observation tower has reopened to the public.

​July 25th, 2017:

December 15th, 2016:

  • In case you have not heard, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary received our 501 (c) (3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. The status designates us as a public charity and allows donors to deduct contributions from their taxes. It also solidifies our status as a successor organization to the previous entity and we hope it instills confidence in us as we continue our mission; to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured or orphaned birds.

    The 501 (c) (3) status allows us to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts. It also allows us to receive donations through trusts and estates. We rely 100 percent on private donations to maintain operations. We hope you will consider donating to us this holiday season either online, by mail or in person at the sanctuary located at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 33785.

    Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has made changes including a new logo, website and new signs throughout the facility. We are also making improvements like new outdoor enclosure netting, repairs to our fence and general clean-up. We welcome you to come visit us to see for yourself! 

    We are currently working on plans for a grand opening of the new and improved facility. We will let you know as soon as the date is set and we hope you will be able to join us to celebrate our new organization. 

    Andrew von Gontard
    President of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

October 28th, 2016:

  • The Sanctuary released 1 Black Vulture today that was successfuly rehabilatated in its Avian Hospital.

October 27th, 2016:

  • The Sanctuary released 2 Eastern Screech Owls today that were successfuly rehabilatated in its Avian Hospital.

October 6th, 2016:

  • We are delighted to announce a new path forward for our sanctuary! As of September 1, 2016, we are a completely new organization, now known as Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, formerly Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. With experienced management, a new board, and leadership from the Busch von Gontard family, who possess a long history of wildlife conservation, we look forward to earning your continued support as we put avian wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and ...environmental education at the forefront of our mission.

    The Sanctuary’s daily operations will be managed by Eddie Gayton, Operations Manager, who has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for the past six years. He will be supported by Brian Tharp, Business Manager, a retired United States Air Force officer, and by a team of passionate and loyal staff and volunteers. My family and I are excited to work with Eddie and Brian and the rest of the team to make Seaside Seabird Sanctuary a world-class avian rehabilitation center.

    Please come by, if you haven’t already, and see our newly refurbished bird enclosures and rehabilitation facility. We know that we are stronger together, and that the birds deserve a brighter future.

    By conserving our precious seabirds and the resources they and all of us depend on, we are fostering a healthier environment while instilling a legacy for future generations. We look forward to seeing you and your families soon!

    With warmest regards,

    Andrew von Gontard
    President and Executive Director, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary​​