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Date:7/23/2014 2:50:26 PM
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Hello FAncy
Day 18
November 18th
Hello, every birdie, Sky here with your Sunday blog. With Thanksgiving just days away for those of you in the US, I think it's fitting that I ask every birdie to think of one thing they are thankful for. I will be writing a special blog for Thanksgiving on , "The Thankfulness of BIRDS", so think of that one special thing, and let me know before Tuesday.
Today, we visit The Oasis Sanctuary( OS), home to 600 plus birds of all species, located 50 miles east of Tuscon, Arizona in Benson, a small quiet rural town. There official opening on this location was in 1997. There, on 71 acres sits the very first non-profit rescue established in the USA. Founded by Sybil Erden, The O.S. is a permanent, life care facility, home to birds deemed unadoptable for various reason. O.S. works as a referral to other bona fid adoption programs across the country for birds that can be rehomed.
The birds, mostly parrots, Cockatoos, Macaws and other psittacine species are housed in large, natural free-flights. The Macaws share a 100'X40'X17.5' flight. Other smaller, 40'X40'X13.5' flights house African Greys, Amazons etc. There is a 1300sq. foot building that serves as home to "special needs birds."
The Oasis Sanctuary continues on the donations and support of private as well as some corporate sponsors. There is an amazing " sponsor-a bird" program in place where you can donate to the care and feeding of any bird from a Budgie to Macaw, large Cockatoo and everything between. As well as yearly memberships.
The O.S. works hand-in-hand with other bird rescues, to educate the public in correct, responsible bird ownership & care." The important message being that birds are NOT domesticated pets like dogs or cats but wildlife held in captivity. There is a need for respect, and an understanding that no matter how many years a bird has lived in captivity it is still in possession of its wild traits and instincts. You can share your life with them but never own them."
The Oasis Sanctuary is open for tours by appointment only. It is an amazing place, well worth the drive to see free flighted parrots interacting with one another.
If you'd like more information please look on line at The Oasis Sanctuaray.org. and to see how you can help call 520-212-4737 or email them at the-oasis.org
I have posted a eight photos in my gallery of this wonderful facility and some of the birds who found a home there.
with my heart filled with love,
SKY-224183 running for BOTM on BC
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