In previous years I have seen many free birds around the beach there but this year there are not even any free pelicans on the boardwalk or beach ... what has changed?
In the past, when our founder Laura Quinn was still alive and leading the organization, she encouraged the presence of wild Pelicans at the Sanctuary. However, along with the changes in leadership and the transition to a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, there are also now more regulations on wildlife on both a state and federal level. For this reason, and in the name of proper rehab practices, we discourage wild Pelicans from hanging around the Sanctuary. This is in an effort to keep them wild an minimize their interactions with human beings. However, our natural tidal salt pond is still a great location to see plenty of wild birds: Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Tricolored Herons, Green Herons, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, etc. The salt pond is located on our Sanctuary property. Just follow the boardwalk all the way to its end at the bay, then take a left and continue walking until you see a saltwater pond appear on your left. You never know what wild creatures await you there. :)
I live on Florida Bay and I can only say that the ways of wild birds are mysterious to us! Some evenings we might have a dozen birds of various types on our beach along with a multitude of sea gulls. Other nights in the same month, not a single birds including the Gulls. Barometric pressure? Wind direction? You will have to ask them!
We saw quite a few, including a pair of ospreys tending a nest.
On my trip to the Keys in Jan ,I saw many birds..all kinds at the beaches, also at the rehab.Many pelicans ,gulls , commorants and small birds.
Agree with all answers! We were there a few weeks ago...saw pelicans on top of the cages...seemed like they had friends inside :) also yes TONS of pelicans at Robbies. I created a Bunch of new paintings from them while there :) at ebay now...chasingflowers
they are such beautiful birds! We will be back there in three more weeks:))
They have new management at the center and wanted to clean up the pelican area. I believe they are rebuilding it and will return soon
At the rehab area we didn't see birds on the boardwalk, but there were birds standing on the top of the "shed" which weren't caged. Thus was iyr only time there so can't say if things were different.
We saw a few on the boardwalk in January, but not nearly the amount as in previous years. We saw a spoonbill at the edge of the water in the sanctuary.
The wading bird population is down but from research I have done there isn't a definitive reason they discovered yet. There are still ibis you can find around eating areas and beaches. I saw quite a few at pennekamp park. There are also tons of pelicans at robbies marina where they steal the tarpon food!
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