Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL (Central Florida – North Orlando area): Baby Owl Shower
Spring Event: May 8, 2010
10am – 2pm
Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season. Join us on May 8th to celebrate Mother’s Day and spring. Non-releasable baby raptors will be available to view (pending). Other organizations will be joining us this day for educational activities and programs. Admission is “free” that day with baby gifts from our wish list that is used in caring for these young raptors. Contact the Center at 407-644-0190 for more details or if you have questions.
Baby Owl Shower – Help us help them…
Spring is coming and with it brings baby bird season. During “baby season,” as the Center calls it, the clinic receives approximately 20% of our annual patient load. Most of these young birds have been temporarily displaced from their nests. The Center’s ultimate goal is to get all these babies back into the wild where they belong, and we need your help! Many of these babies will be reunited with their families or placed in foster nests. Others that are orphaned or that cannot be returned with their families are being raised and prepared for life in the wild. Center staff spends many hours educating the public on what to do if they find a baby bird and if the bird is in need of help. The best procedure is to get the baby back up into the nest with its parents if at all possible.
All Funds raised will help offset the cost during baby bird season. Funds will be used to buy food, medications, medical care and other essential supplies. To give you an idea of what it takes to care for these youngsters, a typical season looks like this:
- FOOD…287 pounds of fish, 148 quail, 595 chicks, 679 mice, 93 rats, 5000 crickets and 4000 mealworms. We went through 2 knives and three pairs of scissors cutting it all up into baby-size portions!
- HYDRATION…12,000ml of fluids were administered.
- CLEAN-UP…we washed 956 baby blankets and used 150 pounds of newspaper.
- LABOR…500+ volunteer hours were donated to rescue, feed, clean cages and care for the babies.
We need your help! Donate
This fabulous center is just a short walk from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast. Bring a baby owl gift for free admission.