It seems like about this same time every year when I sit down to write an update about SCP for our donors here, I find myself repeating much of what I said last time around. So I apologize if this update seems slightly like déjà vu! It is the peak of baby season for our wild Amazon flocks, which means we are busy as can be with rescues and daily care/feeding/weigh-ins/etc. here at the sanctuary.
Over the last few months, our staff and volunteers have been hard at work in several areas: outreach, education, and on-site animal care. We were happy to host a booth at this year’s Ocean Beach Street Fair, an all-day event in a very urban parrot-loving part of San Diego. OB and the surrounding neighborhoods host a majority of our wild parrots this time of year, and have been very supportive of us for years now. It was a lot of fun to chat with locals and visitors about urban parrots, our work here at SCP, and answer the common questions people have about the parrots. We also got to try out our “prize wheel”, which was a huge hit with both kids and adults! Since the day was such a great opportunity to speak with the general public, we are hoping to book more community outreach events in the coming months.
As for our on-site updates, right now we are VERY thankful to have a solid team of volunteers who each come in for a 2 to 3-hour weekly shift. It may not seem like much on paper, but it is a huge benefit to have reliable support helping with daily chores, especially this time of year. While our intake numbers are steadily increasing (23 birds in June, compared to 5 in May), we are happy to have any help we can get.
In addition to the busy baby season antics, we are nearly finished with the brand-new outdoor aviary enclosure at our new, larger property. To say we are excited would be an understatement. In order to raise funds to cover construction costs, we are hosting several smaller fundraisers over the next year. These include an online auction (32auctions.com/SCPSummer19), a wine-n-paint night, and an online donation board with prizes for certain amounts given.
So what’s next for us? Right now, we are focused on taking care of the nestling, juvenile, and fledgling Amazons that always come in as rescues this time of year. After all, the goal is to release them as soon as they are ready. With your continued support and donation, we are looking forward to another record-breaking number of successful releases after Summer ends.
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to ensure you are kept up-to-date with all of the latest progress of our Amazon “Class of 2019”, construction updates, and fundraiser details.
As always, thank you so very much for your continued support of our work. With your help, we can keep saving even more wild parrots in need!