The World Parrot Refuge in Coombs is accepting old Christmas tree donations which are used to recreate a forest-like setting for more than 900 parrots living in the sanctuary.

Take your Christmas trees to the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs

'We set them up in the sanctuary and the birds go crazy,' says volunteer Betty Jewers

If you haven’t disposed of your Christmas tree yet, the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs is accepting donations.

Volunteer Betty Jewers says the parrots “love” old Christmas trees.

“We set them up in the sanctuary and the birds go crazy,” explained Jewers. “They love it, it’s like a mini forest in there.”

She said the refuge “goes through a lot of wood” every year and they need all the donations they can get.

The non profit organization’s 23,000-square-foot building is home to more than 900 birds who enjoy the liberty of free flight.

The refuge consists of a few large rooms with tall windows letting in lots of sunlight. In an effort to recreate the most natural habitat possible, volunteers and workers have wired together long pieces of wood to resemble a jungle-like setting. Various types of wood hang from the ceiling, nestled together like a tropical rainforest where hundreds of abandoned parrots have found solace.

“It’s a great way to recycle your trees,” Jewers said.

Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to visit the World Parrot Refuge located at 2116 Alberni Highway in Coombs. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week. The organization accepts wood donations on a continuous basis. To make a donation, drive into the refuge and check in at the thrift store before dropping off your tree. For more information contact the World Parrot Refuge at 250-248-5194.

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