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Bird Gardens of Naples Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: About Our Organization The Bird Gardens of Naples is a nonprofit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots. We are an outreach and placement program which places into safe custody, parrots which are abandoned, abused, or in need of a home for any reason. Parrots are intelligent, highly social and complex beings with a life span of up to 80 years. The individual bird’s best interest and well being of the present flock will determine if a parrot is accepted into the organization. We actively support networking with other parrot welfare groups, animal welfare organizations, the veterinary community, conservation organizations and the general public. Education is of the utmost importance concerning the well being of a parrot and its ability to successfully live with its human companions.

Target demographics: The Bird Gardens of Naples is located in Corkscrew Swamp with a variety of flora, fauna, bees and butterflies. Tours last approximately two hours with several miles of walking trails. You will have the opportunity to see, learn, and interact with 300+ birds from origins around the world. If weather allows, groups can enter our large macaw aviary with opportunities to take photos and hold birds. Please wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. Feel free to bring unsalted nuts to feed the birds, no peanuts please. We do not charge a fee for our tours, but donations are greatly appreciated and go along way to help keep the birds happy and healthy.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 students

Geographic areas served: south west florida

Programs: education

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I love the birds..I've been involved with breeding birds for almost 20 years now. I lived and worked at the Bird Garden of Naples for the last 3 years or so. While the conditions at the Bird Gardens of Naples, look good the the average person, they is much that goes unseen or is hidden from public view. If the public would know what goes on there, I doubt if they would support the owner as they do. The place is infested with rats, and many, many birds have been killed and eaten by rats. A problem that could be solved, but hasn't been. I would estimate while I was there, over a hundred birds have been lost to rats. .The flights and cages are built in a low area; durning the rainy season, which is half the year, the mosquitos are attacking the birds in their cages and flights. The birds are trapped in their cages with hundreds of mosquits attacking them... yet no one seems concerned, out of sight, out of mind. Of course the management stays indoors, ...If you don't think mosquitos are a problem, I suggest you spend the night in in a cage in the everglades / swamp. Up until recently, the birds were forced to drink sulfur water....it took 5 years to solve that problem.... try drinking untrested sulfur water for 5 years, see how you like it.

To me, the most upsetting thing and the root of many of the problems there, is the owners uncaring mindset when it comes to killing small animals. I personally watched her bludgeon a squirrel to death with a 2x4 for no reason except she does not like squirrels. The owner knowingly lets the hawks swoop down and kill baby chicks, peacocks and ducklings... at least 150 that I know of....I wanted to protect them from the preditors, but the owner objected. It's nature's way according to her. However it is very irresponsible and cruel way to raise poultary. In effect all she is doing is feeding the hawks, which is illegal. In my openion she should be arrested for animal cruilty. The owner's mantra is if a person can not take care of their animals they should not have them. I agree, problem is she can't take care of the animals she has, so she should get rid of her's and stop being such a hypocrite. Many of the problems at the Bird Gardens of Naples, can be solve, but it take someone who cares about all animals, not just parrots. In my openion she should be arrested for animal cruilty, and replaced by someone who is not a Narcissistic Sociopath. I am trying to kept this review short. This is just the tip of the iceberg. To fully expose all that is taking place at the Bird Gardens of Naples would require many pages. If you do take a tour, you may want to ask the owner what she is going to do with the two freezers full of dead birds she has...

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place im a care giver I happened to,take my one client here he still talks about how he loves this place and when will we go again . The tour was awesome got to hold few of parrots which was really cool and you get to feed them to if you bring parrot food peanuts that are recommended by owners . There are so many exotic and very beautiful nice birds first time I visited and we both fell in love with the birds this is by far best non profit that is free and all they ask are for donations to help for the love of the birds
Thank you so much for this wonderful place we hope to come back soon

2 Tricia31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very familiar with the parrot rescues in central and southwest Florida. Kerriellen is one of only two that I know of who is honest, above board and transparent with her operation. She is also only one of two that I will be trusting with my own birds.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to bird gardens last year and was in awe of the birds and the knowledge the owner had and the information she shared and the patience she had with everyone

3 Chico L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keriellen, volunteers, and family works hard to provide for all of the BUDs...

I go there every year.

I love to feed Caitec BUD cookies to everyone...

4 Suzette H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is such great work being done at the Bird Gardens! It's wonderful to have been able to volunteer here and see first-hand the natural environment and care given to the beautiful Birds that have come to know this place as their home! Anyone would enjoy a visit to the sanctuary, gain knowledge about parrots, and even enjoy giving the birds some nuts and treats

5 Lorelei H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was extremely impressed by their knowledge and devotion for all the birds.

6 Bonnie110

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Bird Gardens of Naples about 2 years ago. Since then I have fostered, adopted and boarded birds with this amazing place. I do not know how Keri does what she does but she is amazing!! I always try to schedule my visits during her tours because I LOVE seeing all the birds. Seriously she has over 300, maybe even closer to 400 of birds at her sanctuary. I can never get enough of seeing so many different species and the wide array of colors and sounds! Each time i'm there I learn something new and it keeps bringing me back for more. She helps spread the awareness that bird ownership is not as easy as people think it is. You cannot "own" a bird. Seriously they are in charge...ALL the time... As a result many birds end up abandoned or neglected and eventually/hopefully in the hands of someone that can love them as much as Keri. Some of the birds are injured or no longer trust people and she provides them a safe place. Some come in that have outlived their owners and just need a new family to love them. Her belief and goal is that no bird that's adoptable stay in sanctuary. They need to be loved and to love in return. Those birds she finds adoptable homes for. Some of the iffy birds like my buddy "Jack-o" (African Grey bird with an attitude) can be tried in a home as a foster in hopes that they will trust or "choose" a person. Jack came to Keri with a broken wing and an infection. She got him vet care and did weeks or shots and medicines and boy he no longer seemed to like or trust anybody! We agreed to try him out as a foster (even AFTER he bit me,) We were what Keri refers to as a "foster fail." We ended up loving him enough that we adopted him permanently into our family. After that I was hooked. I still visit and honestly have adopted 2 more birds from the sanctuary. It is a place to not be missed! The birds and almost as amazing as the owner! Please check it out and explore this AMAZING place!

7 Bob_114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you love birds this is a must see. Incredibly informative. My experience there was unforgettable and will return.

6 Tracey32

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keri and her crew are tirelessly amazing. When our lives changed, Keri took in our 3 macaws for several months until we could get settled enabling us to be able to keep our beautiful babies.

Take time and walk through any of the aviaries with Keri and you will see how much all of the birds adore her, this comes from time and mutual respect.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keriellen is amazing. She and her team give the very best care and atmosphere for birds that have no where to go. They have fresh air fresh food and activities to keep them engaged in life. She cleans all those cages herself and makes so they all aree feed loved and happy. If you havent been to her sanctuary you need to go and bring your kids its a very special place.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Keri Lohrman of the Bird Garden of Naples. The Bird Garden of Naples is a nonprofit organization. Keri is very down-to-earth, sincere and caring person. She has such a pleasant personality that it's a joy to work for her. The birds are all kept clean, happy and healthy. She has 300 of the most beautiful and exotic parrots in avaiaries throughout her property. She does educational tours on the weekends. She also shows her ambassador birds for parties and events throughout Naples and can be booked through her website at www.birdgardensofnaples.org or through the Bird Gardens facebook at facebook.birdgardens.org. Caring for 300 birds, she could always use more volunteers and donations.
- Carol King

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are volunteers and have adopted birds from the Bird Garden of Naples. While volunteering we found the birds well cared for by caring people. Some rescues were thought by others to be beyond help but with love and attention they were rehabilitated. The Bird Garden of Naples gets five stars in our opinion.
-Carol and Peter King

6

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great place with knowledgeable people, whose experience they willingly share, It is a favorite spot and a place I try to get to every few months. Kudos Kerri and team!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bird of Naples!
Does an amazing service for the sounding communities. Helping take care of your (any) type of parrots. Caring for them and if adoption is for the bird, finding great homes for them.
As nonprofit organization they are very excited to receive any donation to help.
I received my bird from Keriellen, who runs the rescue center, and she and her group of volunteers are a great organization for birds and people of the community.
Even going to the extent to take care of my bird when I was in great need for it.
So open your hearts and pockets for this awesome group!
Dolores Cook -Estero, Florida

6 Kelly227

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a place to learn everything you can about exotic birds, this is the place. Keri is one of the most informative people I have ever met when it comes to parrots and their habits. She cares very much for the welfare of these birds. They take a lot of work, but she never complains about the cost or the time it takes to feed over the hundreds that live on the property. She only boasts about them!!! I absolutely recommend you take a trip to Naples and visit the sanctuary where all of these wonderful creatures live and prosper.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a wildlife educator in northern NY I contacted the Bird Gardens of Naples to inquire about a tour of their facility and the possibility of networking with the organization. I was absolutely taken in awe at the amazing care, knowledge, and work this organization does. This organization doesn't just house hundreds of birds; it houses love, compassion, knowledge, passion, and dedication. I was amazed at the cleanliness and beauty of the facility - it was like walking through the jungle and seeing a new species of bird around every corner. While visiting we also decided to adopt 2 birds that needed a home and we couldn't be more happy to have done so. I wish for more people to find it in their hearts to give to this organization!

6 Aimee21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bird Gardens of Naples is a magical place! I have been here multiple times and I wish I could live here. The tour is very informative and it's like stepping out of city life and into the rainforest. The birds are very well cared for and very Interactive. Kerri is very knowledgeable about parrots and other critters and is a very welcoming hostess, as she lives at the gardens. Her relationship with their birds there is so encompassing and I often wonder how she remembers all of their names.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you come to florida bird gardens of naples is a must see place. Absolutely beautiful. If you love parrots of all species this is a must visit place. Ms Keri has to be the most knowledgeable person I have ever met on many many levels when it comes to parrots. I highly recommend bird Gardens of Naples to everyone. I have been there many times and can't wait to go back every time. I give bird gardens of naples 100 stars

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I 've been to this Sanctuary 2x. I was so intrigued at the organization of the cages, and how well adjusted the birds seem. My friend adopted a GW Macaw and things are going great. I recommend everyone visit, donate and support this sanctuary.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The place is amazing so many birds and great people running it!