Our goal at Sky Harbor is the rescue, rehabilitation and hopeful release of Florida’s native and protected wildlife.
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!
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OUR journey began with one small parrot that came into our lives. In 1995, giving a neglected red front 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 2011, 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.