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Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
Ranked #1 of 21 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.
Akron, Ohio
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Free but please give a donation”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stopped off here on our way down from Ft. Lauderdale to Islamarada, what a great way to start our vacation. Pelicans, owls, parrotts, takes about 15 min. to see all the birds, great staff working there, kids and adults will love it

Visited April 2013
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Ohio
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45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fun way to spend a couple of hours in the Keys”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We visited this self-guided center in March and enjoyed the walk through the cages and the stories of the birds housed there.

There is no entry fee, but they do have a donation box.

Brochures are provided along with descriptions on the cages about the birds, why there are there, if they will be released back into the wild, etc. Some survived injuries but will never be able to fly again, or support themselves in the wild. Others are in the process of healing.

Pelicans and other large birds share the raised walkway through the mangroves with the visitors. At the end of the boardwalk is a nice view of the gulf side of the keys.

It was fun and kids of all ages would enjoy it.

Parking along the driveway to the entrance can be crowded - it's okay to park along Overseas Hwy.

Visited March 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Explore the Natural & Real Keys - Wild Bird Center”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A beautiful natural bird sanctuary! Must stop and visit, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. It will the highlight of your visit to the Keys that will be long remembered. One can see the raptors - hawks and owls, some recovering, and some cannot be released. Pelicans, cranes, herons, gulls, and cormorants are everywhere. Walking quietly and slowly along boardwalks raised above the salt marshes and beside the salt ponds, one can observe many of these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Careful because some of the Pelicans with snap their bills at you if you get too close. It’s just an intimidation gesture but the sanctuary is so packed with roaming Pelicans that you need to gently knee them out of the way to move around. Be prepared for a rustic and natural setting in Keys mangrove filled salt flats. Very cool!

Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A surprise”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

At the suggestion of our hosts, we went to this Bird Center and saw and learned about birds we knew about but had never seen. A wonderful and insp[irational place to spend time

Visited March 2013
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turgtusteynam
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141 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Cool birds. But I think this place needs work.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We loved the birds. Really, just so cool. But I couldn't help wondering if this place is in need of more care. Some things appear rather run-down. But the birds were so great.

Visited March 2013
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