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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

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

1 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.

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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.