The Brown Noddy rescued yesterday off of the South Roosevelt sea wall in Key West has made steps towards recovery. Eating on its own, it is more energetic and aware of its surroundings today. We hope to be able to release it back to the wild as soon as possible. Brown Noddies primarily feed by plunge diving. They feed offshore over schools of large predatory fish that drive small fry to the surface. They feed mainly on small fish (i.e., goatfish, flying fish) and squid. Often feeds in mixed species flocks. (USF&W).
We responded to a call from Ibis Bay Resort concerning this Green Heron that was seen hanging around the resort with a wing injury. After some searching, we were able to make the rescue in a space under the center of the building. The Heron has an old wing fracture that has healed improperly. Due to the nature of this species, however, there is no reason it coldn’t continue to survive in the wild. We have wrapped the wing to try and train it back to a more proper position. After a period of time we will re-evaluate it to see if it can be released.
Just rescued this Great Blue Heron (White Morph) from Bayshore Manor on Stock Island. The Heron is extremely emaciated and dehydrated. It could be the result of disease or it could be that it has worn itself out raising young herons during nesting season. We have started this bird on fluids and tucked it away for some rest.
Happy to report the release of a juvenile male Brown Pelican this morning at Boca Chica beach. The Pelican was originally rescued 6/17 at Ibis Bay in Key West entangled in fishing hooks and line. The Brown Pelican was extremely weak and dehydrated, unable to stand. After a long recovery, he was returned to the wild this morning. It is always great to be able to get an entangled bird released after rehabilitation!
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Science Snapshot Florida seagrass communities are a vital part of our marine ecosystem. When we see photos like this, it really puts into perspective how…
Great news to report: Local Tom Favelli brought this Least Sandpiper to the Key West Wildlife Center after he found it in distress on Higgs Beach in Key West 8/17. The bird could not stand and was in critical condition. It has now recovered enough to stand on its own and we are guarded but hopeful for eventual release back to the wild. Thanks Tom!