If you’re looking for something interesting to do today, consider visiting a bird sanctuary. One of the jewels of Flagler County is the Baiata Bird Sanctuary. Tucked away in the oaks alongside Nature Scapes Nursery, the sanctuary is located at 325 Old Brick Road in Bunnell, Florida (near Palm Coast). It is a great place to visit with your family as well as alone. And best of all, admission is completely free. If you live too far away to visit, I hope you will enjoy our web site. Get Directions and Hours.
NOTE: For the health of our birds, we do not bring the birds outside when the heat index is over 90 or the temperature is below 62. Our birds are older and acclimated to indoor air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.
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A Beautiful Habitat
Birds can be really interesting to watch, and many people have exotic birds as pets. And while most people like to watch birds, they do not appeal to everyone as pets. Birds require more patience than, say, a pet dog or cat. And birds can sometimes be temperamental.
This makes the Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary particularly appealing. Without having to own a bird, you can watch some exotic birds in a beautiful, tranquil habitat. And if you do own one or more birds, or are considering getting one, the Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to see a number of different kinds of birds. And, you can even get up close if you would like to. If one of the volunteers is on site, you can ask questions and learn even more.
The Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary was originally created by Mary-Lou Baiata, the long-time owner of Nature Scapes and the birds before her passing in the summer of 2014. The Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary is a Florida non-profit organization and a 501 C corporation designed to help rehabilitate and rehome abused or neglected parrots. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for the pet birds of Flagler County and surrounding counties that need help. The Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary officially started on August 7, 2014 with 6 parrots and those same six are flourishing under the daily and watchful care of the volunteers.
How the Birds Got to the Sanctuary
Marylou Baiata, the founder of NatureScapes, accepted and cared for birds in her nursery until her death July 25, 2014. In most cases, original owners surrendered the birds because they could no longer care for them. Some moved to assisted living centers or nursing homes. Marylou’s favorite bird, Teddy, is the signature bird of the sanctuary and is known for saying: Tickle, Tickle, Tickle.
In 2018, David Matchett purchased NatureScapes and is very supportive of the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is offered birds on a regular basis, but due to space limitations and our mission to provide excellent care, we can only accept a limited number. To help people, we offer a matching service and have placed a number of birds in excellent homes. Dr. Tappan supervises all “adoptions” personally and provides continual support to adoptive parents.
The leader of the Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary is Trudy Tappan, RN, PhD. Dr. Tappan has had pet birds ever since she was 5 years old and has an impressive educational background with four academic degrees.
In addition, to these degrees, Dr. Tappan has taken multiple avian veterinarian courses to further her knowledge of birds. Her presence in the Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary has made it what it is. She slowly introduced the birds to a nutrition rich pelleted diet, making the birds much healthier. Dr. Tappan filed all of the corporate paperwork to make the Palm Coast Bird Sanctuary a non-profit tax exempt organization, recruited and trained volunteers, and plans to seek a community educational grant.
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