One of the first features we noticed about Florida (in stark contrast to Colorado) is that it’s quite literally bursting with life. Whether it’s alligators, lizards, weird bugs, or squirrels, you’re bound to encounter some pretty interesting wildlife.
Seth and I noticed Florida has some rather interesting birds, some of them completely unlike anything we had ever seen before in Colorado; walking on St. Petersburg Pier, we were taken aback by how large some of them are. We almost forgot that they’re bird; they seemed almost mammalian in size.
Aubrey and Daniel took us to the Seabird Sanctuary, a rehabilitation for birds who have been injured or who are victims of the oil spill. According to the website, it is the “largest wild bird hospital in the U.S.,” admitting “over 8,000 injured birds each year.” Some birds stay there for life, enjoying a comfortable (and a very social) life. Some birds recover and are released back into the wild.
The Sanctuary is a free exhibit, but donations are recommended. A warning: the Sanctuary is not the best smelling place ever, and there is a chance of getting pooped on, but the chance to see these birds makes the experience worth it. Once you’ve thoroughly experienced the Sanctuary, you can walk right on to the beach, although before you beach it up, make sure you move your car out of the small Sanctuary parking lot so other people can enjoy it when you’re finished.