​​​​​Phone: 727-399-1310

​Email: hospital@seabirdsanctuary.com

8:00am - 4:00pm / 7 Days a Week

Melissa Dollard             Amy Nulph              Justin Perelli

​   Licensed Rehaber                 Hospital Avian Specialist         Hospital Avian Specialist

If you find a sick, injured, or orphaned bird, call the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary's Injured Bird Rescue Line

What Happens to A Baby Songbird Who Is Admitted to The Hospital?

The new arrival is examined for any diseases or injuries and is treated accordingly. Nestlings are placed with others of their species and age, and are hand fed every 15-20 minutes. The chicks are handled as little as possible in order to prevent them from becoming “imprinted” and therefore unable to be released into the wild.

Once the fledglings begin to eat on their own, they are moved to large secluded aviaries where they can perfect their flight skills and continue to interact with others of their own species. Once young birds are able to survive on their own they are released into suitable wild habitats.

Built in 2003, the DR. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital is probably the most important facility located on the 1.5-acre Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. Here, a team of dedicated and experienced staff and volunteer members diagnose and treat the countless number of sick, injured, and orphaned birds that are admitted to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary hospital each year.

Similar to a human hospital, the DR. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical center, injury recovery areas, and an outdoor wild bird recuperation and rehabilitation area.

Thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned birds are admitted to the Dr. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital for treatment every year. Some of the birds admitted to the hospital are rescued by the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Rescue Team, and many more are brought to the hospital by the general public.

Once admitted, the new arrival is taken to the hospital exam room where it is weighed and thoroughly examined by our dedicated, experienced hospital staff for any injuries or diseases. Once a diagnosis has been made, the bird is treated accordingly and kept in the hospital for monitoring during its treatment. Depending on the injury, treatment may include medications, stitches, intervenes fluids, etc.

Once a bird has finished its treatment, it is transferred to the hospital’s outside recovery area. Once hospital staff members are confident that the bird has recovered from its initial injury or sickness, it is then transferred to the Sanctuary’s outside rehabilitation area with other birds of its kind until it is ready to be released back into the wild.