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Who We Are

Save our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization located on the former site of The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds, and to educate the public about nature and environmental sustainability. Birds that have been rescued but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center. Please say hello to our talented and caring staff:

Dana – Avian Hospital Administrator

Dana holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Wildlife Management from State University of New York, as well as two Associates degrees – in Science in Environmental Studies and in Applied Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation – from Finger Lakes Community College.In addition to her four years as an Avian Hospital Technician at Save Our Seabirds, Dana’s seven-plus years of wildlife handling experience include participation in the Winter Raptor Survey and the Short-Eared Owl Dream Team with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Reef Check underwater volunteer in Montserrat West Indies, Wildlife Intern with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and Wildlife Volunteer researching the development of nesting Bald Eagles in Belmont, New York.In addition to working as an AHT, Dana is in charge of our new summer internship program and our summer camp program.

Fun Fact: Dana participated on a collegiate Timber Sports team, handling chainsaws and axes. She is also a competitive 123 power lifter, recently placing second in the nation.

Cindi – Avian Hospital Technician

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Cindi holds an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has logged well over 6,000 hours of direct avian rehabilitation experience over the past four years, including birds of prey, songbirds, seabirds, tropical birds, and others. Her duties have included intake, triage, diagnosis, administration of fluids and medications, removing hooks, treating and suturing wounds, changing bandages, rescuing and releasing birds, directing other employees and volunteers, and maintaining our hospital facility.Cindi also worked for five years in a horse breeding facility, where she groomed, exercised, and trained mares and foals, and assisted in artificial inseminations and veterinary examinations.

FunFact: Cindi can parallel park a 40-foot transit bus.

 

Jonathan – Avian Hospital Technician

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Jonathan is working toward a degree in Zoology at the University of North Florida. He is a former member of Future Farmers of America and has extensive experience ranging from zoo and stable work to accounting and macroeconomics.

Fun Fact: Jonathan’s dream is to own a farm when he grows up.

 

Chelsey – Avian Hospital Technician

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Chelsey moved to Florida in 1996 from Meredith, New Hampshire. After graduating from Sarasota High School, she attended USF in St. Petersburg as well as Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts, where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. With nearly 15 years of experience, Chelsey has worked as a veterinary medical professional in various animal hospitals, shelters, rehab centers, and equine training facilities located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. As a master disc golf player she also enjoys biking, fishing, film photography, and mixed martial arts.

FunFact: Chelsey also works at McCurdys Comedy Theater located in downtown, Sarasota.

 

Tara – Avian Facilities Technician

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Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University. Her honors thesis was on Intelligence in Crows as Described in Biological Studies and Literature. She has worked at SOS for a total of almost two years. Before that, she spent two years tracking and banding eastern bluebirds as well as banding passerines for spring and fall migrations at Kalamazoo Nature Center. She also volunteers at Mote Marine Laboratory and Wildlife, Inc.

Fun Fact: Tara can do a bit of Tuvan throat singing.

 

Lorin – Greeter

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Lorin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from City College of the City University of New York. She is a fifth-generation Floridian who migrated north to New York City after high school. Her first job in New York was at Simon & Schuster Inc. She went on to a career developing educational materials for students and teachers at Bank Street College of Education (where she worked on a project that included a TV show starring a 9-year-old Ben Affleck), Children’s Television Workshop/Sesame Workshop, and Time For Kids at Time Inc. For the past 19 years she has served on a freelance basis as principal editor for Audubon Adventures, the National Audubon Society’s supplementary curriculum for elementary-age students.  In her spare time (ha!), Lorin also gives tours as a docent AND develops and administers our fully-accredited school field trip programs.

Fun fact: In her small Central Florida hometown, when Lorin was 8 years old, her entry came in third in the town’s gopher tortoise race (before gopher tortoises were considered endangered!)

 

David – CEO

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David is a graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota, holds a Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Business Administration and French from San Diego State University, and earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He began his career with Arthur Andersen’s Information Consulting organization, now known as Accenture, in Los Angeles and later successfully helped lead numerous Silicon Valley technology companies through early growth or turnaround stages. His former positions include Director of Education and Consulting Services for Oracle Corporation, Practice Director at The Application Group (now ADP), and Vice President of Customer Services with Quintus Corporation (now Avaya). Since returning to Sarasota in 2003, he has been active in numerous community organizations, including Rotary International, Riverview High School Foundation, Sarasota YMCA, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Program, and the Sarasota Opera. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida and the Board of Directors of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.  A lifelong nature lover and environmentalist, David enjoys skiing, hiking in the mountains, and nature photography. To see some of the photos he has taken during his adventures at Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, crank up your speakers and Click Here.

Fun Fact: David has appeared in seven operas – over 50 performances – with Sarasota Opera… but he doesn’t sing!