The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary functions with the help of many individuals. Most notably is the founder and her staff of dedicated employees who keep the daily operations functioning in a seamless manner. Behind the scenes are the Officers and Members on the Board of Directors. These individuals help to determine what new events should be held throughout the year, help with upgrades to the property, spend time rehabilitating abandoned parrots and other companion birds, and much, much more. All members of the board are animal lovers and have birds of their own, many of which were adopted from the Sanctuary itself.
Sanctuary Director, Jamie McLeod bio:
As Founder and Director of Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, Jamie McLeod has dedicated nearly 30 years to the care and love of exotic birds. While still in her teens Jamie began her career working as a Veterinary Assistant, for the Santa Barbara Humane Society, and the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens.
Knowing animals and birds were her life’s work, in 1984, Jamie McLeod earned a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College. After graduating she was employed by the Bowmanville Zoo in Canada to train animals and develop an educational animal show. She also worked at the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos.
However, exotic birds were her first love and wanting to have a more personal contact with the birds and their owners, in 1995 Jamie began her own business. As an aviculturist and the owner of Menagerie, Jamie McLeod is an avian behavioral consultant, an accomplished photographer and public speaker, and has developed her own nutritious line of frozen gourmet bird food, McLeod’s Parrot Cuisine. At Menagerie she provides grooming and boarding, toys, other parrotphernalia and pampering.
Jamie’s commitment to educating parrot owners is to ensure that all companion birds receive the best possible care and nurturing. Under her expertise and guidance, abused and abandoned birds can now find a safe haven and a new start at Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary.