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

July 18th, 2019:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is in need of two clothes drying machines to replace the two that have broken down beyond repair. To keep up with the large amount of towels that the Sanctuary hospital uses to line the hundreds of bird cages that are located in it, the Sanctuary has two high capacity washing machines and three large capacity dryers that run none-stop from 7:00am – 4:30pm. Two of the Sanctuary’s dryers have finally died, leaving us with only one working machine. If anyone would like to donate one or two new or used (but working) dryers, please contact the Sanctuary at 727-391-6211.

July 15th, 2019:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is currently looking to hire a full-time Sales and Marketing person. Applicants should have a background in sales and Marketing for non-profit organizations. Main duties would include writing, design, and emailing out the Sanctuary’s monthly newsletter… researching and applying for government and private grants… seeking out private and commercial donors and sponsors to help fund the Sanctuary’s daily expenses as well as improvement projects… organizing both onsite and offsite fundraisers… issuing press releases and building relationships with local media outlets.

    All applicants are asked to email their resumes to Keith Wilkins at Please DO NOT send your resume through facebook via private message, as the Sanctuary’s facebook page is not regularly monitored.

January 17th, 2019:

  • From now until Valentine's Day... Purchase a personalized memorial brick for only $50 (regular price $100). Visit the Sanctuary's gift shop, or call the gift shop at 727-391-6211 to order your brick.

January 15th, 2019:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary would like to thank two-time Emmy award wining artist Lorraine Turner for her support of the Sanctuary. Lorraine is donating portions of the proceeds from the current and future sales of her original and print bird artwork to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

    Two of Lorraine's beautiful framed prints, “Silence In Trees” and “A Second Glance” are currently on display in the Sanctuary’s gift shop, and available for purchase. Lorraine's artwork can also be purchased online at:

    About Lorraine Turner:

    As a young girl, motivational speaker and author/illustrator Lorraine Turner was told she would never make it as an artist yet went on to become a two-time Emmy winner for her work as one of the lead designers for a professional sports team in the United States.... The National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers.

    Lorraine has created award winning children’s activity books and is a multiple Eisner Award Nominee in her role as Art Director for the Library of American Comics – a company she co-owns with her husband Dean Mullaney.

    After surviving years of abuse, she became a team leader for the first community Domestic Violence Response Team in New Jersey and helped the Attorney General’s Office form the police guidelines which are still being used today.

    Lorraine uses her own life experiences and travels world-wide as a motivational speaker encouraging all ages from teens searching a career to seniors desiring adult education. What makes Lorraine Turner special is that she uses Animal Communication brought through Meditation to tell our animal friends’ stories in Textile Art, Books, Workshops and Webinars.

    Today, with the help of meditation, she happily writes, illustrates, and teaches others to follow their dreams. She is a living testimony to the power of moving thoughts into action.

November 23st, 2018:

  • The Sanctuary's gift shop will be holding a "Black Friday" sale today. For one day only, you can purchase a personalized memorial brick for only $50… that’s half-off the regular price of $100. Also, all bird adoptions are only $20. Purchases must be made in person in our gift shop to receive sale prices. Online purchases do not receive sale prices.

November 21, 2018:

  • Just a reminder that the Sanctuary will be closed tomorrow in observation of Thanksgiving. If you have a sick or injured bird, our after-hours drop-off building will be open. The Sanctuary will re-open for normal business hours at 8:00am on Friday, November 23rd.

November 19, 2018:

  • The Sanctuary's gift shop will be holding a "Black Friday" sale on Friday, November 23. For one day only, you can purchase a personalized memorial brick for only $50… that’s half-off the regular price of $100. Also, all bird adoptions are only $20. Purchases must be made in person in our gift shop to receive sale prices. Online purchases do not receive sale prices.

November 2, 2018:

  • Despite your and the public’s support, and positive feedback we have been fortunate to receive since continuing operations from Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, unfortunately, it has not been enough. We began operations in September 2016 as the successor nonprofit to Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary on the Gulf Shores of Florida. Presently, we are operating at a $10,000.00 per month deficit, due largely to the great number of native and migratory seabirds we rehabilitate and release, but not including inland birds, birds of prey, and owls, which we all care for as well.

    This past summer and the last few months have brought a steady decline in donations to just barely half of what is needed to sustain Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in a typical month, and while we have stretched and even heavily relied on personal funds to continue our mission - that approach is not sustainable for much longer. “The reality is that if things don’t improve for us financially by the close of 2018 then we will have no choice but to relocate or cease operations in 2019.” said Andrew von Gontard, President of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. “We love our mission and giving back to the birds, but if the funds aren’t there you can only run so far and for so long. As the holiday season approaches, please do what you can for Seaside. We maintain a small staff and have a good group of volunteers to try and keep costs low. I understand there are other sanctuaries out there, but few if any have the infrastructure Seaside has in place to care for these native seabirds and shorebirds. We do not want to close but we need your help now more than ever!” said Andrew von Gontard in closing.

    Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is open every day year in and year out.......please add our traditional end of letter paragraph that summarizes who we are.

    Look forward to your thoughts, but at this point I think we are being taken a little for granted that we will be there no matter what, and so we lay it out and if it doesn’t pan out then we move inland in 2019.

November 1, 2018:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary appears in the newly released book, "100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before you Die," written by author Kristen Hare.

November 25, 2017:

  • It is a sad day here at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary as one of the Sanctuary's permanent residents, "Isis," our Red-Tailed Hawk, passed away today. Isis has lived in captivity since 1990. Isis lived well past her life expectancy, as she was over 30 years old. As one of the Sanctuary's most well-known residents, 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 24, 2017:

  • We are happy to announce that the 2nd level of the Sanctuary's observation tower is now open to the public.

September 12, 2017:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is excited to announce the promotion of Keith Wilkins from Hospital Manager to the Sanctuary's new Director of Operations. Wilkins takes over operations of the Sanctuary following the retirement of the former Director of Operations, Eddie Gayton.

​July 25, 2017:

December 15, 2016:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary received it's 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. The status designates the Sanctuary as a public charity and allows donors to deduct contributions from their taxes. The 501 (c) (3) status allows the Sanctuary to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts. It also allows the Sanctuary to receive donations through trusts and estates. The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary relies 100% on private donations to maintain operations. The Sanctuary hopes you will consider donating this holiday season either online, by mail or in person at the sanctuary which is located at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 33785.

    The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has been hard at work making countless improvements and changes to the Sanctuary's facility. These improvements and changes includes a new website, new signs throughout the facility, new outdoor aviary enclosure netting, repairs to our fence, and other general maintenance. We welcome you to come visit us to see for yourself! 

    The Sanctuary is 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.

October 28, 2016:

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

October 27, 2016:

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

September 1, 2016:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has officially moved into the location of the former Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, located in Indian Shores at 18328 Gulf Blvd.

July 13, 2016:

  • The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, a non profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild birds, has formed.​​