10 rehabilitated birds to be released
The Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary will release 10 water birds at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet.
The birds include five brown pelicans, three laughing gulls, a herring gull and a royal tern. Each of the birds was brought to the sanctuary after suffering from a variety of injuries, including embedded hooks and fishing line entanglement. After weeks of nurturing, treatment and practice flights in the sanctuary’s new flight cage, staff determined it was time for them to move onward and upward.
Since opening in 2004, the bird sanctuary has treated more than 18,000 birds, many of which were released back into the wild. The sanctuary is part of the Marine Science Center complex at 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.