Established in 2004, Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary is a haven for companion parrot species, neglected, abused, unwanted, or outliving their owners. Many stay with us permanently, since parrots can present both physical and behavioral problems that require long-term rehabilitation. Adoptable birds are carefully matched with responsible, parrot-educated people.
Our flock population ranges from 60 to 80, including species from the smallest Parakeets and Lovebirds to the largest Cockatoos and Macaws. All of the birds at the Sanctuary are fed twice daily and thrive on custom-designed diets of fruits and vegetables, nuts and grains. Our PARROT PANTRY is the program that keeps our flock healthy and happy.
COVID-19 has thrown a major monkey wrench in the way we normally receive donations that help stock the PARROT PANTRY. Our doors are closed to the public, eliminating all income-generating events and education outreach, including donations from Sanctuary visitors. Nor can we rely on our usual funding sources, since many charitable foundations have withdrawn opportunities for support during this pandemic we all face.
Yet the birds must be fed. We cannot let them starve or wither away. We must be able to buy the foods the birds require, prepare and serve the food, and - if you know anything about birds - clean up afterward!
Do you remember the song “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag” from the original “Mary Poppins” film? It takes more than two pennies these days, especially when dealing with the large appetites of parrots! Please help us feed our flock during this time of coronavirus crisis. And please take an additional moment to visit our beautiful website – www.sbbird.org – to meet the birds and learn more about the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary. On behalf of the flock at SBBS, we would be so grateful for your support!