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Aviary Passes USDA Inspection


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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is proud to announce that our facility passed our first USDA inspection as part of the agency’s newest rules related to captive birds. These Federal regulations, adopted in 2023, ensure the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of birds regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. According to the inspector who conducted the site visit, only about 10% of facilities pass on the first visit, so we are extremely proud of Carrie Nameth, Wildlife and Education Director, and her team for this accomplishment. Their work to update our aviary and care for our rescued birds is certainly top notch! CNCP houses nine raptors who cannot be released in the wild due to injuries. Their welfare is our top priority and we are happy to see the hard work of our animal care staff and volunteers recognized.

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