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FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY INC

Sanctuary Life Reimagined

aka FEBS

Hudson, FL

Mission

The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring homes for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets.

Ruling Year

2004

CEO, President

Ms. Patricia Norton

Main Address

8933 Casper Ave.

Hudson, FL 34667 USA

Keywords

Sanctuary, Rescue, Parrot Rescue, Volunteerism, Education

EIN

20-0839145

 Number

6638712081

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

At the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, our one and only purpose is to provide a safe and natural haven for parrots to live out their lives in a happy and healthy environment.
With millions of baby parrots and Exotic birds being produced by the pet trade each year, the population of captive birds continues to grow. As peoples' interests fade and the birds AND guardians age, the overpopulation of parrots is destined to become a heartbreaking tragedy. With long life spans up to 80 years, parrots have a built-in homeless factor. There are many other reasons that a parrot will lose their home during their lifetime, including health problems of the parrot's guardians, downsizing, caring for someone in the family, a new baby, a move, etc. With all of these factors we are more determined than ever to continue our efforts and mission of growing and being able to help many more Parrots find their way to us and to sanctuary life reimagined.

Our programs

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Educational Tours

Sanctuary Life-Time Care & Estate Planning

Parrot Relinquishment Program

Sanctuary Life Reimagined

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Charting Impact

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The Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the care and well-being of parrots and other exotic birds. We do not breed, sell, trade, or offer for adoption the birds in our care. Instead, we endeavor to provide them with a permanent home that allows them to mingle with other compatible birds in outdoor open-flight aviaries. We also strive to provide permanent, caring home for birds with special needs, including those with physical challenges or behavioral issues. Finally, we are committed to raising public awareness regarding the moral responsibilities and physical demands of keeping parrots or other wild animals as pets. The sanctuary is situated on 5 acres in rural Hudson Florida and is comprised of numerous flight cages, aviaries, an intake center, a safe facility for special needs birds, and several feed and storage facilities. We routinely create and distribute toys, replace flight cage & aviary branches and perches and provide natural foraging materials as part of our Sanctuary Life Reimagined vision.

As part of our Sanctuary Life Reimagined vision, we provide our parrot residents with a free-flight environment; a high-quality diet; intellectual enrichment and stimulation with toys and a highly qualified staff; and social acclimation via flocking and bonding.

We are nurturing a new Sanctuary Life-Time Care Program that primarily allows parrot owners to guarantee the future care and security of their avian family members at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary—but also helps insure the continuation of the mission and the facility itself. This program supplements our “Parrot Relinquishment Program" with sponsorship donations for placement in our unique environment. This guarantees that each of our birds have a guaranteed forever home, never to be sold, bred, adopted or re-homed.

We have only just begun to re-imagine the programs and facilities that we are adding to our new grounds and continue to reach out to an ever-widening span of partners and benefactors. As we grow, we are building relations with a diversity of new partners, benefactors, nonprofits and consultants such as veterinarian schools, permaculture and ecological design experts, solar companies, landscape architects, plumbers, avian researchers, students and product suppliers.

We are planning for our new building that will serve as a hurricane shelter, avian learning center, preparation kitchen and center for the public. This new building will be solar powered—and will produce enough energy for us to also naturally fuel fans and heaters that support enclosures. We are also planting trees that will bear organic fruits for our parrots, including Mangos.

First and foremost, our founder, Patricia Norton is a renowned parrot expert. Patricia founded the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in 2002, giving up her developing career as a veterinarian in return for a hands-on approach to parrots in need of permanent homes. Patricia is the face and the hands of the organization, lending her Sanctuary life reimagined vision and passion to create and sustain the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Her goal is to allow parrots the freedom to “just be a bird," living out their lives in a natural environment, interacting in flocks in free-flight aviaries or enjoying the stimulation and tranquility of a bonded mate. She is also committed to providing education to current and future parrot caretakers, as well as to the general public, regarding the challenges and moral demands of attempting to possess these wild and beautiful creatures. Patricia personally designs each free flight cage and aviary—and ensures that they are built in a manner to sustain hurricane force winds.
Our avian veterinary center is Animal & Bird Medical Center (in Palm Harbor, Florida), owned and operated by Dr. Joel Murphy—recognized as one of the foremost authorities in bird care in the world.

Our staff and volunteers go through a rigorous training program, where they are taught the highest stand of care in parrot feeding, enclosure cleaning and maintenance and recognizing a bird in distress, among other techniques.

Our board of directors bring decades of experience in day to day business operations, immediate and long-term funding strategies and strategically planned growth of all sanctuary facilities.

For basic mission-critical objectives (including annual numbers of volunteers and staff/ clients helped/ parrots relinquished/ dollars raised—and other objectives such as reputation building through social media presence), we measure success by whether or not we achieved our target numbers and/or media impact.

We use a combination of quantitative and qualitative performance measures based on our stated annual objectives. Quantitative measures involve matching the numbers we have achieved with our goal numbers. To measure qualitative objectives, such as organizational reputation and perceived community benefits, we use surveys and interviews.

From a program perspective, we understand the necessity of measured outcomes. In general, our outcome measurement provides us with a systematic way to assess the extent to which our programs have achieved their intended results.

We initially establish—and continuously refine—program goals, each with a statement of the ultimate aims of the program.

On a scheduled basis—usually per annum—we document and examine program outcomes, including how the program has served the parrots in our care, the changes in the lives of the original guardians that surrendered their bird(s) to us and how we have impacted the community as a result of the program. We have a series of measurable information we call “indicators" that allows us to determine the scope and impact of the program outcomes.

We have over 750 exotic birds in our care, that happily consume over 2,000 pounds of pellet diet alone each month.

We have over 100 climate managed parrot enclosures, including 3 flight cages with flocks of 50 or more same-specie parrots.

We have established a successful and extensive acclimation three-phase program for new parrots that includes intake & pre-vet check quarantine, movement to an outdoor aviary and introduction to a bonded mate and/ or like species flight cage.

We are in the short-term planning stage for a new building that will serve as a hurricane shelter, avian learning center, preparation kitchen and center for the public. This new building will be solar powered—and will produce enough energy for us to also naturally fuel fans and heaters that support enclosures. We are also planting trees that will bear organic fruits for our parrots, including mangos.

We have established a successful Volunteer Program (to supplement our staff) with an average of 20 new applications per quarter.

We have established a “Life-Time Care and Estate Planning Program" that has been well received by parrot guardians.

We have an established Critical Incident Plan that was recently tested in 2017 by Hurricane Irma. This plan was executed successfully and resulted in no injury or loss of life to any of our birds.

We have a well-qualified treasurer, that is myopically focused on financial options and strategies that meet near and long-term financial goals.

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FLORIDA EXOTIC BIRD SANCTUARY INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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