KEY WEST WILDLIFE CENTER

The Key West Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable tax exempt organization. We provide care to over 1000 native animals a year. Our mission is to ensure the future of our diverse native wildlife by providing timely rescues and quality rehabilitation with the hope of release back to the wild."
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).

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).

Thanks to local Loretta-Maria Adkins for spotting this Brown Noddy in distress along the South Roosevelt Blvd. sea wall in Key West this afternoon. Volunteer Liza McCain was able to make the rescue of this interesting species. The Brown Noddy is the largest member of the Noddy family. Key West is on the outer edge of its summer range. A group of Noddys is called a “Niddle”, a “Sleepiness”, or an “Affirmation.” The bird is dehydrated and weak. We have started it on a treatment program of fluids and rest. Thanks again to all those out there looking out for our native wildlife.

Thanks to FWC officers for responding to a call from local Patti about a juvenile Brown Pelican in distress on the pier at Higgs Beach in Key West. Officers kept people away from the bird until we arrived on scene and were able to make the rescue. What is interesting in this case is that it is a very young juvenile which may mean it was hatched regionally- a rarity in the Keys. She is weak and dehydrated but in otherwise good shape. We look forward to rehabilitating and releasing this bird back to the wild. Thanks to everyone involved with this rescue of our native wildlife!

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.

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.

We currently are providing care to two juvenile White Ibis that were injured due to car strikes. The standing Ibis has regained the use of its legs and is able to balance after being rescued 8/23 off of Von Phister. The other Ibis was rescued this morning on 7th Street. It cannot stand and has paralyzed legs. It is possible with time and physical therapy that we may be able to get it back on its feet. Please maintain the speed limit and watch out for wildlife when driving to give them the best cance to get out of your way!

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.

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.

We received a call about a Double-crested Cormorant in distress in the waters of the South Roosevelt Blvd. sea wall in Key West this morning. When we arrived we found the bird swimming near the sea wall with fishing line trailing behind it. We were able to make the rescue and get the bird back to our center. The hook was removed, the wound treated, and the Cormorant will be able to go back to the wild. Note the striking color patterns of an adult in full mating plumage!

Ralph Capone of Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys discovered six Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings during a routine excavation of a nest in Key West this morning. The nest had already hatched and according to FWC protocol 72 hours later ralph excavated it to gather crucial nesting data. Ralph found these 6 turtles at a 16” depth and realized they had not made it out during the initial hatching. He was able to transport them to the Key West Wildlife Center where we held them until sunset tonight. They were released after dark and all swam strongly in the water. Great job Save-A-Turtle in saving the lives of these baby turtles and alllowing them a chance to make it!

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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Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Come out and have some great pasta for a local cause…

keywestwildlifecenter:

Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Come out and have some great pasta for a local cause…

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!

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!

Our Wish list for the Key West Wildlife Center….

Our Wish list for the Key West Wildlife Center….

Come out and support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program on monday 8/25 at Mangia Mangia!

Come out and support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program on monday 8/25 at Mangia Mangia!

Join us tuesday August 26th at the Lazy Gecko for a fundraiser benefiting the Key West Wildlife Center and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys. Hope to see you there!

Join us tuesday August 26th at the Lazy Gecko for a fundraiser benefiting the Key West Wildlife Center and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys. Hope to see you there!