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Save Our Seabirds - 2010 Oil Spill

Facility Type: Info/Hotline
Status: Open

1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236


Main/General Business Number: 941-388-3010

Mission: About Lee Fox and SOS

Lee has worked in wildlife rehabilitation for over twenty-two years. In 1990, she founded Save Our Seabirds in St. Petersburg (formerly known as the Pinellas Seabird Rehabilitation Center); the facility has been awarded permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Lee has and continues to guild efforts to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of native and migratory birds each year.

In 1991, Lee worked with major oil companies, environmental groups, state officials, and the U.S. Coast Guard to develop an oil spill response plan for the Tampa Bay area consistent with the 1990 Oil Pollution Act requirements. Within ten short months, the plan was put to the test when the Tampa Bay channel experienced a devastating 365-barrel oil spill. Lee managed more than 3,000 volunteers over a three-month period to minimize the impact of this tragedy on the local seabirds. An unprecedented 85% of the birds affected - a total of 371 were saved! In recognition of her efforts, Lee received eleven separate awards from the U.S. Coast Guard and other environment groups.

Lee developed the first Oiled Wildlife Preparedness Program and Training Manual for the Tampa Bay area. She designed and equipped Florida’s Oiled Wildlife Response Mobile Unit at the request of the Florida Department Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program.

Education and outreach has always been a major focus of SOS. Lee has created and implemented numerous educational programs, including the highly successful “Don’t Cut the Line!”, and education program for fishermen initiated in the Tampa Bay watershed area and now in use in other parts of Florida (particularly the Keys) as well as other states such as California. Other SOS education and outreach campaigns include Seabird Savers, Don’t Feed the Birds!, Consequences of Feeding the Birds, How To Care for Baby Birds, a number of marine pollution prevention programs and a variety of broad based education programs geared to young citizens in grades K-12.

This organization provides Temporary or Permanent Service? Temporary


Facility is open to the public seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm!
Guided tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm by request. Please contact the SOS office to make arrangements 941-388-3010 or email saveourseabirds

May 11, 2010
What to do if you find any Oiled Wildlife.
If you find an oiled bird, DO NOT rescue it. DO NOT handle it as protective clothing must be worn. Call your local Emergency Response Center.
The number for Sarasota is 941-861-5000

Apr 27, 2010
Help by donating to the oiled wildlife response.
We need your help during the current oil spill crisis that is threatening the Gulf Coast. Our Oiled Wildlife ResponseTeam is on stand by waiting for the official call to respond. You can help by making a secure donation by clicking the donate button, sending a check or present the gift in person.

Save Our Seabirds is a Florida bird rescue group that is looking for support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call 941-388-3010.


2010 OIL SPILL -
Oiled Wildlife Response
SOS is no longer singing up volunteers to help with the oiled wildlife response. The amount of people wanting to help has been tremendous and uplifting to our staff and volunteers. However, SOS is in need of help at our Sarasota facility due to the re-assignment of many of our staff members to address this crisis. Contact SOS at 941-388-3010 if you are able to help


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Created At: Wed Jun 23 16:23:19 -0700 2010
Updated At: Fri Jun 25 02:56:13 -0700 2010
Updated By: DNug

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