Received a call around noon from Captain Dan concerning this Green Turtle that he was able to rescue in the waters off of Key West. He was able to get it to the Galleon Marina where we able to pick it up. Captain Dan has rescued several birds in the past and we appreciate him taking the time and effort to get this turtle help. Great to have partners like the Marathon Turtle Hospital who immediately got Devin rolling down here in the Turtle Ambulance. The turtle is suffering the effects of papillomas covering the eyes and body. The Heart rate was good before transport to Marathon for treatment and we are hoping for the best. Thanks to all involved in the rescue!
This juvenile female Brown Pelican was just rescued from Tamarac park on Geiger Key. We received calls from multiple people about the bird that had come out of the water and walked straight up to people on the street. Debbie Sidorski was able to contain it in her yard until we arrived. Another case of a first year migratory Pelican getting into trouble through inexperience and becoming dehydrated. No outward injuries were apparent and the bird was started on fluids.
This juvenile Brown Pelican was just rescued at Ibis Bay Resort with a fishing hook through its throat. We were able to safely remove the hook and line from this youngster and it will be released after a period of rehabilitation. We are here to help anyone who accidentally hooks a bird or sees one in distress. Please leave enough line attached to aid us in finding and removing internal hooks. Call 305-292-1008 to report wildlife in distress in the Key West area.
Thank you to crew members of United States Coast Guard Cutter Thetis who are volunteering with the Key West Wildlife Center for the next two weeks!
Rescues 11/30/2013 as of 6pm: Laughing Gull @ Southernmost Cafe Beach; Sandwich Tern @ South Roosevelt Blvd.; Laughing Gull @ Reach Resort; Turkey Vulture @ 2800 block of Harris; Broad-winged Hawk @ Catherine St. (KWPD); Caspian Tern brought to KWWC; Broad-winged Hawk @ 800 block Laird St.
Releases 11/30/2013: 2 American Bitterns; 1 Sora; 1 Broad-winged Hawk.
Release footage from the American Bittern rescued by Monroe County Sheriffs at Key West International Airport November 15th. The American Bittern had an injury to its neck just under the beak. After a period of rehabilitation the bird was released today…
Rescues 11/29/2013 as of 5:50pm: Double-crested Cormorant @ Blue Marlin KW; Broad-winged Hawk @ 600 block of Eaton Street KW; Broad-winged Hawk 3800 block of Flagler KW; Brown Pelican with multiple hooks @ Smather’s Beach KW; Sandwich Tern @ Fort Zachary Taylor KW; Cooper’s Hawk from water off of Banana Bay KW.
This Brown Pelican rescue was called in to the Key West Wildlife Center in by Barbara who spotted it along the South Roosevelt Sea Wall this afternoon. We were able to remove the many line entanglements and two fishing hooks that were causing major distress. The bird has responded well to a round of fluids and is resting comfortably now. Without a rescue call, the entanglements would have have caused this bird to get even weaker and perish. Thanks to all those looking out for our native wildlife!
Our first rescue of Thanksgiving day is this juvenile female Brown Pelican down on the Sigsbee Causeway in Key West. Thank you to US Navy Personnel for keeping an eye on her until we could arrive and make the rescue. The Pelican has a minor injury to one foot, is a little underweight, but should be releasable after a period of rehabilitation…
Rescues 11/26/13: 1 Double-crested Cormorant @ Higgs Beach Key West; 1 Double-crested Cormorant @ Smather’s Beach Key West.
Releases 11/26/2013: 2 Cattle Egrets @ Indigenous Park; 2 Broad-winged Hawks @ Indigenous Park; 2 Double-crested Cormorants @ Boca Chica Beach Geiger Key.
Special thanks to Kristin, Kayla and United States Coast Guardsman Jason for joining us this afternoon for the release of two Double-crested Cormorants at Boca Chica Beach. Kristin and Kayla had rescued one of them in their building complex and had brought it to the Key West Wildlife Center. It was released today with another Cormorant it had been rehabilitated with. Both flew strongly and stuck together after release.
Happy to post the release video of the two Broad-winged Hawks rescued by Pepe Gonzalez of Pepe’s Charters November 19th. The Hawks were down in the waters off of Key West where Pepe was able to get them on board his boat. Animal Care Director Peggy and volunteer Blake release them while members of Pepe’s family and friends look on. Both Hawks flew to a tree to get their bearings before flying off. Thanks to everyone involved in saving the Broad-winged Hawks that surely would have perished without help!