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any birds have made TradeWinds their home; from the green herons that return to raise their young every year to the beautiful swans that cruise the waterway that meanders throughout the resort. The rarest bird you’ll see, however, is much larger than your average species and a lot more mysterious. He’s a large, friendly blue pelican named Beaker with a wingspan of around 6 feet, and his lively presence can be felt all over the TradeWinds property. We thought we’d sit down with our marvelous mascot and get the scoop, straight from his beak!

Q: Beaker, walk us through a typical day in your life. A: I get out of my nest in the morning like everyone else, one webbed foot at a time! From there I get to roam around the spacious TradeWinds property, participating in some incredible activities, greeting guests, and spreading smiles until it’s time to tuck in our smallest beachgoers and soar home to start it all again the next day!

Q: Do you ever get lonely, being the only one of your kind? A: I am lucky to be the only Beaker around! There’s no better feeling than when an awe-struck kid runs up to me to slap wings or give me a squeeze! I also get invited to hang out with some pretty cool celebrity mascots, like the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Thunderbug and the Tampa Bay Rays’ DJ Kitty and Raymond!

Q: Why did you choose TradeWinds to call home? A: The friendly staff is so accommodating to visitors, even to a big bird like me. When I flew down for vacation more than 30 years ago, I never wanted to leave! Now I’m part of the TradeWinds family and I couldn’t be happier they all took me under their wing!

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GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...