As you know, we love to go to Florida. That is where I recharge my internal batteries, and let life take a slower pace for a while. Every so often we like to visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. This is a wonderful place where all sorts of injured birds are rehabilitated and released. For some release is not possible, and they live out their days here in relative peace. I say relative, because anywhere you have a bunch of birds, it is seldom quiet.
The Sanctuary is located in Indian Shores, about 15 minutes from where we stay in Madeira Beach. It is between Gulf Blvd. and the Gulf of Mexico. This sign welcomes beach goers and beckons them to visit the birds and the gift shop. Visiting is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
This handsome fellow (No, I'm not sure of his/her gender) looks like he is standing guard.
A large number of the birds you will find here are pelicans of all ages and varieties. There are several large areas dedicated to them, each with their own swimming pool. Below you will see what a grand time they have splashing around.
For more information, visit their website - Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.