Bird Gardens of Naples
October 17, 2013
I have volunteered at Bird Gardens of Naples a few times with feeding birds and cage-cleaning for the special-needs birds. When the proprietor had been in a car accident and had some mobility challenges, the daily chores took more time for the limited staff. It was a joy to be there among the birds and get to know which ones prefer interaction and which ones prefer to wait until you leave their flight to come forward to inspect what you've left for them. Every plant on the grounds is "parrot-safe" and grown with no pesticides or fertilizers so a volunteer can pick a guava or starfruit and hand it to an excited parrot...until the finicky eaters get tired of the easy offerings and wait for the food from the wheel barrow that gets pushed from flight to flight. It's a beautiful, back-to-nature, scenic home for more than 200 birds who have come to a point in their lives where it's time to sit back and let life be calm. The Bird Gardens of Naples is providing something enriching and lovely after years of uncertainty for some of them; after years of truly loving homes for others.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would find a way to hire more staff. The proprietor has unending love for what she does, but the limited resources force her to depend on volunteers and donations. By increasing staff, she could increase grant-writing and solid funding sources in the office.
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