104 Brown Rd.
Harmony, Maine
(207) 683-6322

Welcome to Siesta Sanctuary!

Over the years we, Margaret and Fritz Buschmann, have developed a passion for parrots. In 2006 we founded Siesta Sanctuary as a home for parrots who have been displaced and need permanency. Parrots are wild animals that live 30-80 years. They are very intelligent and social and in the wild thrive as part of a flock. It is our mission to recreate the flock for parrots who have had their human flock disrupted; seldom can humans accommodate a pet through all the family life changes in 80 years!

All birds we take in will have permanent sanctuary. Invariably, they make friends, alliances, and even find mates. We delight in all this social activity and the odd couples that develop. We do not re-home parrots but can refer to organizations that do.

A Big Thank You To All Of You

A HUGE AND HEARTFELT THANK YOU for all the support you have shown for our sanctuary. Well over 200 people came to the open house and spent time with us and the birds who loved the attention! Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News heralded our event, followed by Brenna Kelly of Channel 5 with a very entertaining report. Rob Nesbitt of Channel 6 came and his report will air in 1-2 weeks. Donations from all this came to over $2500! This is a huge boost to our bird care budget. And all the kind comments and votes of confidence for our efforts are truly heartwarming. And remember, you can visit throughout the year. Please just call first to make sure we are home! We welcome feedback on all we do and the Open House. We will do it again mid-August 2017 - see you then if not before!

Click here for the full WABI TV5 article.

Learn About Parrots.

Come visit the sanctuary to learn about parrots, caring for them as pets, and threats to the survival of wild parrots. We can provide an educational presentation here to your group, school class, or organization.

We have an Open House during the summer and will post details here and on Facebook. To stay in touch Like us our Facebook page.

We welcome telephone calls to talk about parrot stuff!

We welcome visitors; please just call ahead so we are here and not embroiled in a messy project!

And we love volunteers!

How you Can Help.

We love volunteers! There are many small and large niches for help such as direct bird care, handyman services to stay ahead of the parrots' demolition, transporting cardboard boxes twice a month, chopping produce and preparing 80 salads daily, floor care, making parrots toys, socializing with parrots, anything that helps keep the birds happy! Volunteers set their own schedules - do one day a week or one day a month; IT ALL HELPS, and we greatly appreciate it!

  • Report abused or neglected parrots to State of Maine Animal Welfare Program 1-877-269-9200.
  • Make a donation to help feed and care for our flock of 80 +/- parrots.
  • Volunteer; Call us to talk about help we can use.


It costs roughly $16,000 annually (roughly $45 per day) to house and feed the flock. Any donation, large or small helps immensely! We are both semi-retired so we have more time to spend with the birds but less income.

100% of all money donated goes to the sanctuary's upkeep, and food and medical expenses for the birds. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donations are tax deductible. If it is an in - kind donation of a cage or equipment, we can give you a receipt for the value of the item.



We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. Therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

The Outermost House by Henry Beston:

"We are a Member"