The Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Annapolis, Maryland. All donations we receive go directly to the care of our feathered residents.
Upon arriving at our sanctuary, each parrot is given a thorough examination by an experienced avian veterinarian. All of our residents receive fresh diets daily, and loads of enrichment including toys, fresh air, sunshine, and the opportunity to fly. . . and of course, lots and lots of love!
While we have many different species of parrots living here, our primary focus is on providing lifetime care for cockatoos. Cockatoos are arguably one of the most complicated and challenging among captive parrots, and as a result, they are one of the most often relinquished to rescues and sanctuaries. Currently, there is a great need in the US for sanctuaries who cater to the specific needs and demands of cockatoos. Please help us fill that need!
It has been estimated that as many as up to 40% of captive parrots have some form of undiagnosed heart disease.
Our organization was named after a surly 30 year old, overweight Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, who loved to sing opera. Icarus came to us from a tragic hoarding situation, along with 9 other birds. Instead of stressing over the work involved in caring for 10 additional parrots, I found myself singing right along with Icarus' operatic melodies while preparing daily bird diets, washing bowls, and scrubbing cages. His singing brought me such great joy each and every day!
When he arrived, Icarus could only be picked up by using a perch. One day, while I was busy in the kitchen, I heard the distinct sound of parrot footsteps coming toward me. I looked up to see that it was Icarus! He walked right up to me and stood at my feet. He looked up at me as if to say, "Well? What are you waiting for?" I put my hand down and he stepped right up! For some reason, Icarus had decided to place his trust in me, and when he did, a very special bond was forged between us. From that day forward we were special friends. Icarus flew into my heart and touched it like no other. In my heart he will stay forever. ***
Christi Richter, President/Founder
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.