My two blue and gold macaws called the sanctuary "home"'for six months while we bought a home. I went to visit often and they were well fed, safe, and well taking care of. I was so impressed that I started volunteering every week! They clean the cages every day. Fresch water and food everyday. They rely on volunteers to make toys and change toys, feed, clean or just pet and live the birds! They really need need volunteers! It is such a wonderful place. Getting better everyday with the love of the workers and volunteers help. Donations are needed to build more flight aviaries so more birdies can fly freely. Go check it out. It is a wonderful place!
The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is truly “Sanctuary Life Reimagined” as they describe on their website. http://flabirdsanctuary.org/content/sanctuary-life-reimagined
As the largest parrot sanctuary in Florida, they are truly dedicated to the care and well-being of their birds and do not breed, sell, or adopt them out. This level of care and responsibility is evident from countless owners that have placed over 700 parrots in the care of the sanctuary.
Nestled on 5 acres in Hudson Florida, each visit I make leaves me in awe. The sanctuary is truly a collection of families—from the dedicated staff and volunteers… to the 700+ parrots living in state of the art facilities.
Tours are available… and not to be missed if you want to meet multiple types of parrots—like Amazons, Cockatoos, Conures, Eclectus and Macaws—and perhaps more importantly, hear first hand what the staff has learned from the parrots in their care and the overall plight faced by parrots produced by the pet trade.
I will continue to support this very special sanctuary in any way possible and am already looking forward to my next visit.
If I were an exotic bird… I’d want to be here.
I’d want to be here because of Patricia Norton and her team that work tirelessly to live up to the word “sanctuary” in the organizations name.
The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary (FEBS) has created a safe and healthy environment for these birds like no other I have seen… a place where they are cared for, can socialize, can play and most of all, can just be who they were meant to be.
It’s heart-warming to speak to Pat and see her eyes light up when she speaks of the birds (and she knows them all by name). You understand her calling and the complex interrelationships of humans and birds as she explains how they love, mourn, cope, have a sense of humor and even invent.
I also learned that surrendering your exotic bird is a truly gut-wrenching experience from Kathleen and her husband John, a board member of FEBS. There is so much at stake and it speaks volumes when they tell you about the exhaustive research they did before selecting FEBS and then doubling down by investing their time and expertise into the organization.
The commitment and dedication of Pat, her team and the many volunteers at Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is undeniable. Collectively they provide a well-trained and knowledgeable network prepared to address not only the needs of their birds but the day to day management of the organization as well.
Not all bird sanctuaries are created equal and Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary certainly serves as a role model for this category.
I was looking for a place to take my macaw should I become unable to care for her. I had no intention of doing it right away. After reading the testimonials on the website, I was impressed enough to take the 2 hour trip to visit.
Macaws are very intelligent creatures and really should not be in captivity. When I saw the new Hudson location and especially the HUGE macaw flight I knew this is where I wanted to bring my macaw. She had begun some feather plucking and I had not felt that she was truly happy for some time. Seeing the other macaws in the flight interacting, preening, and just enjoying "hanging out" made me realize I had to make arrangements for her to come and "just be a bird". It was a very difficult decision but I had to set her free to live a life as much like her relatives in South America as I could.
She has let her feathers grow back and every time I visit there I see how she is beginning to interact and enjoy the HUGE spacious flight. She recognizes me and comes down to chat and cuddle but we both know she is in the right place. If you love something you set it free to enjoy the best life it can have.
I found FEBS because I was planning a trust for my birds and wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they would be going to a good place should anything happen to me. After reviewing the FEBS website I was so impressed I made a visit to see if it was one of those places that was "just too good to be true".
Well, it IS good and it IS true! I can't tell you how impressed I was at seeing the sanctuary with my own eyes. So impressed that I drive 2 hours one way to volunteer to do what I do at home...clean cages and feed and water birds! But what a wonderful feeling it is to know that I'm doing just this small thing to help these glorious creatures!
Pat, the founder, is a wonderful person with a big heart and an even bigger vision. She runs a tight ship to make sure that the birds are #1 priority in regard to cleanliness, meeting their needs, and letting them live as they should...as flock birds! What a joy it was to see them pairing up to preen, snuggle, and nap.
She also has an acclimation period for newcomers so they get used to new surroundings, sounds, and "meeting" other birds of their own breed before they enter the aviary. It's important to Pat that they experience as little stress as possible during the transition. Now THAT'S a person that knows what she's doing!
If you're thinking about donating to something worthwhile, this is the place. It's as easy as sponsoring one of the birds or you can get the "wish list" and ear mark for one of the many needs of the sanctuary.
I love this place! The birds are so loved and happy!
As a volunteer for over a year at this sanctuary, I find it appalling that someone would get on this forum and trash their hard word and dedication. I have access to the entire facility and there are no nesting boxes, birds missing or even being adopted. Anyone that reads the lies and garbage being put here by this ONE individual ( you can tell that it is the same person by the broken English and the same accusations, he even uses pictures from the web to try and show that they came from our sanctuary) it is really sad that an ex volunteer would do such a thing! He left because he wanted Patricia to sell the cages and birds and split the money with him so when she refused to do so, he left and opened a "so called sanctuary" of his own in Tampa. Please visit our facility and then his. Night and day! He is being investigated by this forum for what he is doing and has already been contacted by our attorney for slander. All of the staff and volunteers at FEBS work very hard and truly do not have time for this kind of nonsense.
Thank you so much, we love our volunteers!!!
It was amazing, visiting all the exotic birds at the sanctuary. The birds are so spoiled, with lots of toys and activities, the staff is really amazing. I would like more time, so I can volunteer on a more regular basis.
Would Highly recommend.,,,
FEBS mission really resonates with me. There are not many sanctuaries out there that do not breed, adopt out or sell their birds. The idea that a bird can be a bird and live within a flock makes me feel like that is the best thing I could give my companion parrot. Thank you for all that you do!
I would like to say that this is the best bird sanctuary and organization i can think of and ever finding out about. I was amazed what I saw yesterday when i visited the Bird Sanctuary. The care that they give their birds, is out of this world. They take their needs serious and as I see, the staff is well trained in what they specialize in. Please help support the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary.... it is a great cause!
Patricia does such an amazing job with these parrots. Volunteering there i get to see the care and love that goes to these animals as well as regular access to veterinary care. I started due to my love of parrots to be around them and learn more. It's been an amazing experience and I'm awed every day by the love, compassion and fight that goes into caring for these birds by the owner, staff and other volunteers. Not many sanctuaries I've experienced can boast the same as well as the ideal living environment with free flight aviaries, etc.
The BEST place to have your parrot! FEBS takes care of your bird for life. My two African Greys came here in February and they are adapting beautifully. I was so afraid to make the decision to put them in the sanctuary, but now I am happy and eagerly volunteering there. Instead of two birds, I love and feed hundreds! Best non-profit in my view.
This is a great place. They are doing wonderful work and we cant wait until the new sanctuary is up and running for all to see! They need your help by volunteering and helping it to have everything they need. Trust me you will fall in love with everyone!
Started 1 time a week as a volunteer, fell in love and now im there 5 times a week but we need more help. Love what they are about and what a concept. .just letting a bird be a bird! Imagine that!
This is by far the best bird sanctuary that I have ever actually volunteered at and observed the love and compassion that the owner and president Patricia Northern puts into it seven days a week . She dedicates her life to these beautiful and loving parrots . The birds are like children needing love and care it will bring tears to your eyes all they want is love and to be a bird and that is what they get at FEBS .
Being a parrot owner and on disability I know the love and attention it requires to take proper care of them and some day I may have to place my sweet boy at FEBS . I hope I will be able to care for him through out his life but if not I will have peace in my mind and heart knowing he is in the best hands with pat and FEBS .. It also is expensive to take care of the parrots feeding them and medical attention when necessary and they jump right on it if they need medical care . I don't think most people know what all is involved in taking care of a parrot and the costs that go along with it . If you are looking or thinking about placing your bird I hope this letter helps you make your mind up , as well as donations are always welcome and needed for our feathered children .. Thank you .
Pat & her staff including the Board of directors has accompolished so much at FEBS since my wife & I
have been involved there. Its just a joy to walk through the sanctuary and see that all these beautiful birds
have a place to be cared for. It takes a special person to take on such a huge responsibilty and make it happen, our prayers are with you Pat.
My wife & I have placed our moluccan Cockatoo with Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary 2 1/2 years ago after searching in Florida for a place we could visit on a regular basis, since then we are so grateful that we found FEBS, We visit on a regular basis and we want everyone to know what a wonderful job Pat Norton has done caring for these beautiful birds she has in her care,
We made the difficult decision to place our African Grey at FEBS. I spent almost a year researching sanctuaries. We released him into a flock under Pat's direction, and returned several times to ensure his adjustment and the quality of his care. We have also volunteered. We are so impressed with both Pat and Leslie's dedication. They are are amazing! The commitment to all the parrots at FEBS is unparalleled anywhere.
After our Grey joined the new FEBS flock, his negative behaviors stopped and he became a relaxed confident parrot. From making a decision we agonized over, within a couple months, we realized it was the best thing we could have ever done for him. Seeing him so content in a natural setting, where he can fly around, forage for his food and communicate with his flock has totally altered my feelings about keeping wild parrots confined as pets. Pat loves the parrots and they love her.
I placed my green cheeked conure with FEBS in the fall of 2010. I had adopted him three years prior and could not get his screaming under control. No matter how much attention I gave him, he wanted more. I felt that I was not giving him the best life he deserved and decided that being with other birds would probably be the best option for him. It has been wonderful for him. He is still the sweet little boy I know. But, he is in a better place with other green cheeks, and he can be just a bird. Up until recently, I also volunteered at FEBS one day a week. Feeding and interacting with the birds was such an enriching experience for me. I think I got more out of it than the birds. I hope to volunteer again in the future. As the popularity of exotic birds increases, there is going to be a need for places like FEBS. Birds live a long time and are a huge responsibility. FEBS is the standard by which bird sanctuaries should be measured. No breeding, no adoption, just a safe haven for birds to live out their lives and be with other birds. A great place!!!
I have been apart of this Sanctuary my entire life. I am the son of the Founder. My mom has worked very hard for the birds well fair and I am proud of her for making a difference when most people just stand back and talk about a problem. I love the birds and love being a part of FEBS family
My girlfriend and I have been long time volunteers for the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Their mission to rescue unwanted and abused birds has made a difference all over the United States. There have been many times where birds arrive in bad condition and are nursed back to health health, then introduced in one of the many aviaries onsite. By not fostering or adopting out, these birds have a chance to live happy and healthy lives. Keep up the good work FEBS!
I moved in across the street last year, and fel in love with all the birds that were in their care. I go over from time to time to help feed and play with a lot of birds in their care. It is such a wonderful place to be. the staff is so nice and really care for our feathered friends, all the cages are clean, with lots of perches and toys for the birds. In closing I would like to say that the staff at febs are the best.
I moved in across the street from febs in nov. of 2011. After about a week I really wanted to go over and see what this was. I found a parodise of all different kinds of exotic birds. I just fel in love with the place, I started volunteering my time to help feed and interact with the birds. What a great place to place a parrot, they get to spend their time with other birds and still get the attention from people, which they crave. Placing a parrot here will be the best decision and bird lover could make.