Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary President, Ces Erdman, a Wilmington native and bird lover saw problems parrots faced from an early age. Erdman had his first hand-raised cockatiel at the age of three and developed an affinity for birds of the parrot family thereafter. His parents encouraged his interest and helped him with a “bird sitting” business until he left home for college.
In 2006, Erdman returned to Wilmington and resumed his hobby of caring for birds. He organized other bird owners and created Cape Fear Bird Club (renamed in 2011 to Cape Fear Parrot Club). Several hundred bird lovers from southeastern North Carolina had participated in meetings, trade shows and educational activities sponsored or organized by the club.
Erdman wanted to do even more to help parrots, so he established the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary (CFPS), 501 © (3) non-profit organization in 2013. CFPS has rescued, rehabilitated, and provided aviaries for hundreds of parrots since forming.
The organization has been awarded several grants. Grants awarded are, but not limited to: The Binky Foundation, Duplin County Tourism grant, DJ and T Foundation, The Doris Day Foundation and Tito’s Vodka.
All of the nearly 400 birds at CFPS reside in the safest, state-of-the-art avian housing and receive the very best nutrition, veterinary care and most importantly, love.
*** Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, a decision was made to end the Cape Fear Parrot Club.
CFPS receives no state, federal or county funding and relies on donations from the public, corporate and foundation supporters to achieve our mission.