Our goal at Sky Harbor is the rescue, rehabilitation and hopeful release of Florida's native and protected
Sky Harbor is a non-profit, 501 C 3 organization whose purpose is to make a difference for
wildlife and our environment, as we preserve wildlife and learn peaceful co existence with wildlife. As
required by law to possess or rehabilitate wildlife, , we are licensed through Florida Fish
& Wildlife Commission and hold a state permit, Class III, bird & small mammal permit
and a federal license as required for migratory birds.
Sky Harbor has a large network of responsible, permitted rehabbers across
Florida...please call us for a reference to one near you!
OUR journey began with one small parrot that came into our lives. In 1995, giving a neglected
spectacled amazon, named Bobbi, a safe home, provided new insight into the plight of many
species of animal. As Bobbi stole our hearts, more parrots, some abused, neglected or
abandoned, found their way into our home and hearts and "Wind Beneath My Wings", a parrot
sitting and behavior modification service was founded in 1996.
By 1998, we had founded Sky Harbor, Inc., a non profit, 501 c3 rehabilitation center for the
rescue, rehab and hopeful release of injured and orphaned wildlife in Florida. Working out of
our home and tiny back yard in Tarpon Springs for several years was chaos, with many cages and
no real space to allow recovering wildlife to heal. In 2005, through the sale of the Tarpon
Springs home, we purchased two beautiful acres of lake front property in Hudson, Florida. Our
center expanded and we constructed larger enclosures and flight cages. A care center and
educational pavilion with a nature pond was created and built! Flight cages, a raptor barn and
roomy cages were also constructed.
In early 2010, we were offered a fabulous donation of cages from a zoo in Kissimmee, Florida.
Jungleland Zoo, had closed about eight years ago, huge sturdy zoo cages now sat empty, braving
the elements and several hurricanes. Mr. Les Kaltenecker had purchased the property and was
turning it into a paint ball field. The huge cages had to go. Six long weeks were put into
traveling to Kissimmee, with our team of volunteers, to disassemble, remove and transport the
seven large cages back to our center in Hudson. Since February, 2010, we have been hard at
work getting the cages reconstructed at our center. We are nearing completion and are
looking forward to rehabbing this seasons wildlife in them!
Our life's journey takes us into the future, as our center grows and our dedication deepens.
Please enjoy your time on our website, we hope you will find it both delightful and informative!
Tours & programs available by appointment.
Children's programs and tours
|Sulpher crested cockatoo, Joey
|Mer-Lynn and Delilah, Blue & Gold macaw
and Green Wing macaw
|Perry, senegal parrot
|Jacquie, the Quaker
|Clydie & Cracker, Blue Crowned Conures
|Best Friend's Forever, Willow, Moluccan
Cockatoo and Chico, Umbrella Cockatoo
(Chico passed away in the summer of 2009,
sadly missed by Willow).
|Founded in 1998, after mentoring with the
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary for three years.
Completely non profit and totally volunteer,
making a difference for wildlife and the