• Seaside Seabird Sanctuary’s Grand Opening Celebration

    Indian Shores, Fla., March 23, 2017 – Seaside Seabird Sanctuary welcomes the community to join them on March 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for their grand opening celebration. The event will include a meet and greet with the Sanctuary’s avian ambassadors, staff and volunteers and a chance to check out the daily Pelican hand feeding.


    “We are excited to welcome the community to Seaside to meet our team, hear about all the improvements and outreach they are undertaking, and to celebrate our renewed mission to save the seabirds,” said Andrew von Gontard, president of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.


    The event will feature a ribbon cutting with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and a chance to win some great prizes in a raffle to raise money to help the mission. Visitors will also get the chance to meet 10-year-old Charlie Parker, the young author and illustrator of “Charlie’s Shore Pals,” which was inspired by his visits to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.


    Seaside relies 100 percent on charitable contributions to maintain operations. Donations can be made by mail, online or in person at the Sanctuary located at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 33785. For information about leaving Seaside in your estate, please contact Brian Tharp at office@seabirdsanctuary.com or call 727-392-4291.  All donations to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary are tax deductible.


    The grand opening celebration is open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged to office@seabirdsanctuary.com.


    About Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

    Seaside Seabird Sanctuary took over operations of the facility in September of 2016. It was originally created in 1971 and has been considered one of the premier avian rehabilitation centers in the nation. The Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of birds, ranging from the Eastern Brown Pelican to the Eastern Screech Owl. It was the first facility to breed Eastern Brown Pelicans in captivity. The Sanctuary is open to the public 365 days a year. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate to support the ongoing mission. More information can be found at www.seabirdsanctuary.com