Seaside Seabird Sanctuary 2017 grand opening

Founding & Opening

  • July 13, 2016: The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, LLC was founded.
  • September 1, 2016: Seaside officially moves into it's current location located at 18328 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Shores. 
  • ​December 15, 2016: The Seaside Seabird receives it's 501(c)(3) non profit status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • March 30, 2017: The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary holds it's official grand opening celebration. The event is attended by several local city officials, members of the media, and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce.

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary's Director of Operations, Keith Wilkins, rescuing an injured bird.

Bird Rescue Statistics

  • On average, The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary's Injured Bird Rescue Hotline receives 2,338 calls every year.
  • On average, Sanctuary Rescue Volunteers conduct 300 rescues each year.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Avian Hospital Director, Melissa Dollard, treating a sick bird.

Treatment & Rehabilitation Statistics

  • On average, 2,252 sick and injured birds are admitted into the Sanctuary's hospital each year for treatment and rehabilitation.
  • As of December 31, 2019, Seaside has admitted a total of 9,007 sick and injured birds into its hospital since opening in 2016.
  • On average, 44.5% of all sick & injured birds admitted into Seaside's hospital are successfully treated and rehabilitated. This places Seaside above the National average rehabilitation success rate which is 39%.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Avian Hospital Director, Melissa Dollard, releasing an Osprey.

Bird Release Statistics

On average, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary releases 669 rehabilitated wild birds back into the wild each year.

An eastern brown pelican at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Weekly Food Expenses

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary goes through the following amounts of food per week:

  • 2,500 lbs. of fish (per week) 
  • 70 lbs. of ground beef (per week)
  • 20,000 live mealworms (per week)
  • 6 lbs. of dried mealworms (per week) 
  • 200 rats (per week) 
  • 100 mice (per week)
  • 15 lbs. of apples (per week)
  • 15 lbs. of grapes (per week)
  • 25 lbs. of cracked corn (per week)
  • 50 lbs. of waterfowl feed (per week).  
  • 25 lbs. of sandhill crane chow (per week).  
  • 25 lbs. of dried dog food (per week)
  • 20 lbs. of dove seed (per week).

This does not include all the other types of bird seed, fruits, berries, vegetables, peanuts, and shrimp that the Sanctuary goes through on a weekly basis.

An Outdoor Avian Care Volunteer at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Cleaning & Laundry Expenses

In order to keep up with all the towels that Seaside's hospital goes through on a daily basis, the Sanctuary has two washing machines and two clothes dryers that run continuously for 9-hours straight, 7-days a week.

Seaside goes through the following amounts of cleaning supplies on a weekly basis:

  • 10 gallons of bleach (per week)
  • 3 gallons of laundry detergent (per week)
  • 1 gallon of germicidal disinfectant (per week)


Utility Expenses

With a 1.5 acre facility that includes a full service avian hospital and outdoor rehabilitation facility the includes countless pools, The utility expenses to care for the thousands of birds Seaside treats every year is high. Listed below is what Seaside spends on monthly utilities...  

  • $1,430 = electricity (monthly)
  • $560 = water & sewer (monthly)
  • $43.30 = waste removal (monthly)


Donation allocation

Out of all donations that come into the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary... 

  • 68% goes towards the medical treatment, rehabilitation, and daily care of the sick, injured, and disabled birds that Seaside cares for.
  • 32% goes towards administrative expenses such as payroll, utilities, maintenance, etc.


Volunteer Hours

Being a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary relies on volunteers and non-paid interns to operate and maintain its 1.5 acre facility. It is dedicated and passionate volunteers which allows Seaside to continue its important mission of rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds.

Volunteers & Interns volunteer an average of 3,196.13 hours each year at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. This does not include all the hours spent at offsite events or by our bird rescuers.  

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Giant Pelican Statue

The giant pelican statue that overlooks Gulf Blvd. in front of the Sanctuary's entrance actually has a name. His name is Lucky. Look closely and you will see he has a hook in his mouth, and line wrapped around his injured left wing.