Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Florida Sights

Seabird Sanctuary

The volunteers call him "Mooch"
This fella is a visitor looking for a hand out
Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a truly unique place.    Founded in 1971 by zoologist Ralph Heath, the Sanctuary is the largest non-profit wild bird hospital in the United States. It is staffed by experienced professionals assisted by over a hundred dedicated volunteers. Similar to a human hospital, it is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical center, and indoor and outdoor rehabilitation areas. An average of 23-30 wild birds are admitted every day for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of these injuries are directly or indirectly attributable to humans.

University of South Florida Botanical Garden - a visit to the gardens was lovely, but I must say a bit confusing. It was 80ยบ but I had to keep telling myself is was winter. Very few flowers were in bloom! But the Hibiscus were there waiting just for me!

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