Founded by Linda Mercado and Elizabeth Adkins,
All Birds Rescue Rehab Release is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization located in Pinellas County, serving the Tampa Bay area. Our aim is to rescue injured/orphaned wild birds, rehabilitate them, and release them back into their proper habitat.
Our work is 100% donation funded and volunteer run.
Linda Mercado is a permitted wildlife rehabber through the federal and state governments. She was the cofounder and rehabber of Birds in Helping Hands (2017-2020) before striking out on this new venture.
Elizabeth Adkins is a passionate animal advocate and has received extensive training through mentorship and volunteering with Linda. Together, they help and protect native and migratory birds.
Cheryl Jovel is a veteran wildlife advocate and volunteer. Her experience, knowledge, and support will assure success with ongoing situations.
Adrianne Beitl is experienced in office procedures and will implement administrative compliance. Wildlife education is an important aspect and she will help this organization with public presentations.
Diana Lovette is a farmer turned web developer. She has been friends with Linda's son Gary since they were in sixth grade and now she helps with the technical aspects of All Birds Rescue.
I’ve always had a love of animals, and been drawn to the free flight of birds. It was no surprise to my husband in the early 80’s when I took in my brothers 8 year old yellow-naped amazon parrot. Crash is now a heathy bird in his 40’s and has been joined by 3 rescued Cockatiels and a rescued Blue Quaker. No matter where I lived, I became known as a person to call about an injured or orphaned wildlife. Moving to the Tampa Bay area in 2015, I fell in love with the entire variety of seabirds in this area. After volunteering at a local Sanctuary I decided to get my Wildlife permit. I felt it was like my birthday the day my permits came in the mail from the State of Florida and the Federal government. Other than my two grown boys this was one of my most cherished accomplishments. Attending wildlife conferences and learning about the care of the birds is an enjoyable experience. The relationships developed with Veterinarians, other rehabbers and the general public is so rewarding. Helping our wildlife full-time is what I am meant to be doing at this point in my life.
I am originally from Memphis, TN and moved to Tampa Bay in 2014. I’ve always had a love for animals but found my calling in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. I love everything avian and have a great interest in learning all I can about all birds! Being involved in helping our wildlife to thrive has given me a sense of purpose and joy I wish everyone could experience in their life. I work as a barista at a café in downtown St. Pete; I hope to work toward a career with animals eventually but I like meeting people from all over the world that visit our café when they come to the area. I enjoy nature, reading, and spending time at home with my husband, our senior rescue dog, and our 2 adopted cockatiels.
I am a retired Special Education teacher for the blind. After graduating from Florida
State I joined the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I spent several years teaching overseas including in Bolivia and throughout the Caribbean. I enjoy playing the piano and kayaking. I specialize in baby opossums and squirrels.
I am a 7yr. transplant from Ohio, enjoying retirement and loving FL birds! Linda and I met volunteering at the local bird sanctuary in 2015. Our love of animals bonded us almost immediately.
My lifelong interest in animals goes back to pet ownership and wildlife care on our 2 acre yard in Northern Ohio. I am proud to have passed that on to our children also. Right now I have two rescue parrots, a Quaker and a Conure.
I am part of the Office staff here at All Birds. My love for organization helps keep our records, files and correspondence in order. Community education and involvement is another aspect I enjoy. There is nothing like going into a school or meeting and enlightening people about animals!!