I love visiting this place when I am out there, but even I have to admit that it really, really smells. If you love birds or even just respect the altruism of the sanctuary, you should be able to overlook it . This is first and foremost a bird sanctuary - this place is for them. There is no admission fee, they have a small but nice gift shop and a donation box as you come in. The gift shop is kind of hidden - when you come in, go straight until you hit the fence and turn left, it is through a door on the left hand side.
They have all kinds of birds - songbirds, seabirds and birds of prey - but what I go there for are the brown pelicans. The last time I went they had netting over the brown pelican area but before it was open - as the birds got healthy, they could leave if they wanted. The place is right on the beach. You walk all the way through and all of a sudden you are on the beach. When the brown pelican area was open, there were always a lot of birds hanging out there too.
These guys are so serious about helping the birds that they have even figured out how to make prosthetic bills for the pelicans who have had their bills broken through accidents or human malicousnous.
There are always some birds out and walking around so you can get good shots of them. This is not an atrium (this was important to one family member who is afraid of birds but ended up liking this sanctuary).
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