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“Up close and personal with the birds”

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.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The staff does a great job with these damaged birds who couldn't make it on their own in the wild. Some are nursed back to good health aand released. Give a few dollars as a donation...It should definitely be on your "to visit" list.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

There do not appear to be many places in the Keys to walk around in a natural environment, but this bird rehabilitation center provides one. You walk along a boardwalk path and get close up to many kinds of indigenous birds that have been injured or otherwise are unable to live in the wild. They are in large fenced-in areas that may hold a couple, or a dozen, birds, with room to fly (if they can), swim or walk. The explanations of each kind of bird -- and the circumstances of their being in rehab -- are helpful. Many other birds that are still free and in the wild come over and "visit" their friends. At one point the walk goes along the shore and you can get a sense of what the Keys must have been like before all of the development. While standing there we saw pelicans diving for fish just off shore.

The center is not very large -- it can't take more than half an hour to see everything. It would be a great place to take kids -- you get up close and personal with a lot of interesting birds. Make sure you look carefully for the signs; you don't get a lot of advance warning as you approach it on the highway.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

My wife and I visited the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and we were surprised of the commitment of the workers there to aid the birds not just because it was a job, but from the heart.

We saw all sorts of birds and I was visited by a Bluejay (Harvey Dent) that landed on my shoulder and stood there for about 5 minutes before flying off. The staff was very helpful and informed us about the Rehabilitation Center and the birds there.

All in all it was a good short visit and we placed a large sum of money in their collection pot to aid them in their future endeavors. A must see in the Florida Keys.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This place runs on donations and is self guided. It's just of the main road and worth a visit. You will see birds that you will probably not elsewhere in the area.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wow, this was so cool! A self-guided tour takes you through various "habitats" like a zoo, with birds in different stages of recovery. There are informational decals on each cage describing what might have caused injury to the bird, and other information about each. We saw owls, falcons, pelicans, and other various seabirds. Definitely a must see!!

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