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Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Tavernier
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Owner description: As a part of the FKWBC, the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary is home to over one hundred non-releasable, permanent bird residents as well as wild birds including hawks, owls, vultures, pelicans, terns, gulls, herons, spoonbills, and many more. Visitors are invited to learn about our birds and the fragile ecosystems of the Florida Keys. The Sanctuary is open to the public from sun-rise to sun-set. Admission is free, but donations to help the FKWBC to continue to fulfill our mission are gladly accepted. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization.
Reviewed February 16, 2012

Not only is the whole idea great, the cages for recovering/disabled birds are surrounded by wild ones, some recoverees, and you can get as close the many as you ever get in the wild. Don't forget to donate at least $5.00 per person!!!

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Reviewed February 16, 2012

FKWBC is a slice of what the Keys were like like a hundred years ago, with the added twist of incredible humanitarian gifts. A great cross section of Florida birds are hosteled here because they are unable to be returned to the wild. Further, an impressive number of birds are rehabbed and released under very professional conditions. The staff is informative and enthusiastic. The physical plant is rustic, but fitting for the display and upkeep of the birds. Wild birds are naturally attracted to the Center and provide additional interest. This is the only place I never miss on every trip to the Keys.
There is no fee, but be sure to drop a $20 in the donation box. It's the right thing to do !!!!

2  Thank grohfoto
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We stopped in here on a whim as we were headed south to Key West and was pleasantly surprised at what we "discovered".The FKWBC has been rescuing and rehabilitating birds since the 1980s. Operating on a shoestring budget and relying heavily on donations the facilities are modest but serve the birds well. The tour through the sanctuary is self guided but we found several staff members that were helpful with informing us of how some of the local bird residents got to be there. Bring a camera! There are photo opportunities everywhere. Be careful of the Pelicans walking about as they can be quite rude. Also be sure to say hello to Pickles the greeter parrot. We understand that there is also a bird hospital across the street but that is not open to the public. Well worth the stop to for anyone interested in the more natural side of the Keys.

3  Thank Arthur P
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Walking among the birds is a very pleasant experience.Ideal and rare place for easy photographies of birds.Fantastic work of rehabilitation deserving a donation

2  Thank GuyCarnac
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you are looking for glitz, forget it, but this rustic, naturally beautiful sanctuary allows the visitor to glimpse some of the birds with whom we share this fragile planet. In the aviaries, complete with trees and vines, one can see the raptors - hawks and owls - who have been helped by the staff and volunteers of the hospital, some of whom are recovering, and some of whom cannot be released. Many birds are soft-released here, meaning they can return if they need food or shelter but are free to go where they please. And they often please to be right here, in the middle of things! Pelicans, cranes, herons, gulls, and cormorants are everywhere. Walking quietly and slowly along boardwalks raised above the salt marshes and beside the salt ponds by the sea, one can observe many of these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. This is a working rehab center, and the focus is right where it should be -- on the birds! Educational, natural, beautiful, serene. The highlight of our trip. Please donate to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center so they can continue on their mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release these amazing birds.

2  Thank MissM13
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