Yes, believe it!! A staycation here at M.A.R.S.. Posted April 13, 2014 by LuAnn Apple


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Home of the Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary (M.A.R.S.) in Melbourne Beach, Florida

Every once in a while a light bulb goes off in my head, and an idea is formed. Sometimes good ones, sometimes ones that end up in the garbage pail of ideas labeled “what was I thinking”.

This time, I want to share an idea that came into being this past weekend. Two individuals came for a stay here at our Exotic Bird Rescue M.A.R.S.. A bird whisperer and her videographer.They loved the experience of staying here. Their purpose, to work hands on with a few of the less adoptable birds that have come into the rescue. The goal, to get them to the adoptable stage and while doing so create a video of the entire process for their future useage. Then the DVD or a series of DVD’s created will be available for sale. More on this later as it unfolds.

M.A.R.S. is located within walking distance of great beaches and restaurants, community parks and a fishing pier. It is very easy to navigate your way around this beachside town. So I thought why not offer a stay at a working aviary to individuals and families who might want the experience of being at the beach and being around parrots, some hands on helping out so to speak. We of course have a ways to go working out all these details but M.A.R.S. is looking for your feedback and hopefully lots of imput on this idea.

What a way to bring people and parrots together. To learn and share the experience of Melbourne Avian Rescue Sanctuary (M.A.R.S.). If you would please direct your feedback to our contact form we will share ideas and see what plan we can form. I think the time has come to give something like this a try, do you?


  • elizabeth gregory April 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    moving to palm bay in two weeks. I am the “mom or flock member” to a male eclectus and african gray timneh. Hopefully our new neighbors can enjoy or tolerate the birds’ calls. I spoke with Lou about a year and a half ago that i would be relocating. Would like to contribute some help and/or get some help with my birds as I love them dearly.

  • Jerry Doolittle April 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I think that it is a great idea. My wife and I own more than 1 bird ourselves, but like to go interact with birds at aviaries or bird stores on a regular basis….

  • Dot marcotulio April 14, 2014 at 3:15 am

    You mean like a Ranch vacation or a B&B? Maybe you could hook up withthe local motels and restaurants for. .discounts or even rent a nearby house .but consider vacationers will probably want to lay on the beach all day and there is not much to do after dark except possible classes or demos on bird care?

  • Robin Moyle April 14, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Awesome idea! MARS is a beautiful spot, love it! plus it would be such a great way for families and/or individuals to get to know the birds and have an understanding of what’s involved with the care as a step toward adoption… Or just feel close to the birds and enjoy the environment if adoption is not an option. How do we sign up?

  • Jill April 14, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Great idea….for some people, getting up close and personal with exotic birds is a bucket list item. Not everyone is a “lay on the beach person”. Some pay big money to travel to Central America or Africa to experience things like this. I think it is a wonderful idea!

  • Lynda April 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I live in St Lucie County and would love to have a weekend fling at MARS. I am not that interested in the beach (as we have our own) but I am sure I could find lots to do just staying in the aviary. I would even volunteer as a helper during my stay if that were appropriate.

    I like the idea for out-of-towners as well. They would love he beach and if they are parrot lovers it’s match!!

  • Ellen Phelps April 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I think it’s a great idea! My husband and I have 2 parrots, visit the east coast several times a year, and would LOVE the opportunity to visit and help with your avians. Give it a try!

  • GaryInman May 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I was just cruising up and down A!A looking for a place to spend a couple of days. Not laying on the beach. Just relaxing without a cell phone, TV etc…

    You mean I could lay on the floor and let cockatoos climb all over me, while they were talk to me and each other in cockatooese ??? THAT is a bucket list item for sure. I figured I would have to go to Seattle to fulfill that one.

    Cockatoos in the trees, on my chair arm, on my foot, my knee, my shoulder…

    Where do I sign up???

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