Rescue Organizations Take Part in Green Fest
Photos/text by Sandi Fahy
(front l-r) Melissa Simoneau and Jo Katz of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary introduce Skeeter, an eight-year-old Eastern screech owl, to the public at the recent first annual Green Fest in Indian Rocks Beach. The sanctuary, which is the largest wild bird hospital in the United States, has been dedicated to the rescue, repair, rehabilitation and release of healthy wild birds in Indian Shores for the past 35 years. Green Fest, sponsored by the City of Indian Rocks Beach and COTI Community Christian School, was a celebration of "what's ecologically working" in the community. Local non-profit organizations took part in the event along with eco-friendly businesses, which provided "green information", conducted "how-to" workshops and introduced all-natural prioducts to those attending.
John Crosswhite of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's education department provides information on programs available to the public at Green Fest in Indian Rocks Beach on May 31. Crosswhite works in the education department at the non-profit facility which is dedicated to public education, research, animal-assisted therapy and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured animals such as dolphins, river otters and sea turtles. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located at 249 Windward Passage on Island Estates.
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