On my last posting I mentioned theRecently a resident of
Upon further research I
discovered that there is such a place and that tours are available. We signed up for a tour, which we took
Friday. These gardens sit in part of the Naples
Bird Gardens, which we learned about at the Wonder Gardens. , so many of the aviary cages
sit in a garden of native tropical plants and trees. Keriellen Lohrman (her married name is almost the
same as my maiden name- probably no relation) owner of the gardens
stressed to us that her bird sanctuary is a rescue operation and she is not
into breeding them. She
said that she has all total 300 birds- plus another 200 or so in a couple
other gardens, one of them being the Corkscrew
Swamp . The sanctuary has a wide variety of tropical birds as cockatoos, cockatiels,
a variety of parrots, love birds, and macaws.
For these birds she has small cages, a couple of large flight cages, as
well as two quarantine barns. We were
allowed in one of the flight cages where there are macaws. Everglade
Vince, one of the staff was there Friday morning and doing his chores with one of his birds on his shoulder.
Bird feed alone costs $3,000.00 a month. It is a non-profit organization, and the sanctuary runs only on monetary donations I was impressed that Keriellen is very knowledgeable about each and every one of her birds, down to even knowing their names. She also seemed to have a good appreciation as to whether they are hostile and aggressive or sweet and lovable. Those that wanted her attention would squawk loudly when she walked by their cage, many of them can speak certain words or phrases. Keriellen asserted that parrots especially are intelligent, highly social and complex beings.
Before concluding this I wish to write about our search for many of the birds in the wild who are supposed to be residents of this part of
We are leaving this part of