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 Great Blue Heron (White Morph) rescued 10/13 on Geiger Road at Geiger Key has recovered enough to be standing and eating on its own out in our Wild Bird Aviary. Prognosis is good for full recovery and release!

The Great Blue Heron (White Morph) rescued 10/13 on Geiger Road at Geiger Key has recovered enough to be standing and eating on its own out in our Wild Bird Aviary. Prognosis is good for full recovery and release!

Thanks to local Megan Faust, Behavior Therapist at Sigsbee Charter School for quick thinking at the White Street Pier which saved the life of this Royal Tern! She persuaded the person who hooked the tern not to cut the line but to reel it in and get it to our center for treatment. Happy to report that we were able to remove the hook after using a technique that employs flexible tubing to reach and dislodge the hook that was deep in the stomach. Thanks Megan! We are here to assist those who hook birds in getting them help. Don’t cut the line and call 305-292-1008 for help!

A Big Thank You to crew members of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Thetis who volunteered at the Key West Wildlife Center this morning planting trees around our new aviary. They not only planted trees but helped with many organizational jobs getting us ready for Raptor and Pelican season!

Thanks to the Hydro Thunder crew for making the call about this Green Heron fledgling that was in a heavy traffic area on the 600 block of Front Street yesterday. We will provide care for this youngster and release it in a safe natural area near to where it was found when it is ready. It is already partially flighted so it should not be a long stay with us.

Thanks to the Hydro Thunder crew for making the call about this Green Heron fledgling that was in a heavy traffic area on the 600 block of Front Street yesterday. We will provide care for this youngster and release it in a safe natural area near to where it was found when it is ready. It is already partially flighted so it should not be a long stay with us.

The Cooper’s Hawk rescued this morning after a window strike on Virginia Street in Key West was cleared for release just a few minutes ago in the Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park to continue on its migratory journey South!

This Cooper’s Hawk was rescued after being knocked unconscious following a window strike, most likely the result of chasing a prey bird in flight. It was rescued this morning from the 1300 block of Virginia by Volunteer Debbie. We got this picture of it just before admittance to our clinic for recovery and rehabilitative care. Thanks to all those looking out for our native wildlife in distress!

We are seeing a lot of raptors over Key West today. During migration we have many first year hawks coming through on their first trip south. A lot of them get into trouble and become dehydrated and weak. If you see any hawks in your yard or property that sit without moving for a long period of time please call us at 305-292-1008 so we can assess the situation. We want to get them rescued and on a fluid treatment before they get too down if they are indeed weak. Thanks to everyone in the Key West area looking out for local wildlife!

We are seeing a lot of raptors over Key West today. During migration we have many first year hawks coming through on their first trip south. A lot of them get into trouble and become dehydrated and weak. If you see any hawks in your yard or property that sit without moving for a long period of time please call us at 305-292-1008 so we can assess the situation. We want to get them rescued and on a fluid treatment before they get too down if they are indeed weak. Thanks to everyone in the Key West area looking out for local wildlife!

Now that’s Volunteer dedication! Liza McCain gets in our clinic enclosures to paint them in preparation for the busy upcoming raptor and pelican seasons! Thank you!

Now that’s Volunteer dedication! Liza McCain gets in our clinic enclosures to paint them in preparation for the busy upcoming raptor and pelican seasons! Thank you!

Thanks to guests at The Reach Resort in Key West who alerted staff to this Least Bittern in distress. The bird was recovering on the ground after a window strike. We were able to make the rescue, examine the bird and get it into a darkened quiet enclosure to reduce sensory stimulation to start it on the path towards full recovery and release.

Thanks to guests at The Reach Resort in Key West who alerted staff to this Least Bittern in distress. The bird was recovering on the ground after a window strike. We were able to make the rescue, examine the bird and get it into a darkened quiet enclosure to reduce sensory stimulation to start it on the path towards full recovery and release.

A great big thanks to all of our Volunteers today! We never could have made it through such an intense period of rescues and administrative work! Thanks to Niki for working in the aviary this morning and assisting with a rescue of a Gray Catbird trapped in Island Books on Fleming. Thanks to Gary and Lucy for their usual outstanding afternoon job in our aviary. Thanks to Bill acting as greeter! We could not have done it today without your assistance. We appreciate all of volunteers and the help they give us!

A great big thanks to all of our Volunteers today! We never could have made it through such an intense period of rescues and administrative work! Thanks to Niki for working in the aviary this morning and assisting with a rescue of a Gray Catbird trapped in Island Books on Fleming. Thanks to Gary and Lucy for their usual outstanding afternoon job in our aviary. Thanks to Bill acting as greeter! We could not have done it today without your assistance. We appreciate all of volunteers and the help they give us!

Please join us October 30th from 6-10 pm at Old Town Manor in Key West for a Halloween Benefit for the Key West Wildlife Center! Should be a great time and we hope to see you there!

Please join us October 30th from 6-10 pm at Old Town Manor in Key West for a Halloween Benefit for the Key West Wildlife Center! Should be a great time and we hope to see you there!

This Northern Parula was rescued yesterday at the Westin in Old Town Key West after a window strike. It has recovered after spending the night in our clinic and will be released today to continue its migratory journey!

This Northern Parula was rescued yesterday at the Westin in Old Town Key West after a window strike. It has recovered after spending the night in our clinic and will be released today to continue its migratory journey!

This Florida Box Turtle was brought to us yesterday. Someone had captured it on Stock Island and was going to try to make a pet of it. Another individual intervened and with his help we were able to find where the turtles home range was. He brought it to us and we were able to release it back in the area it was captured. This large Florida Box Turtle can now continue its life in the wild. Thanks for those looking out for our native wildlife and keeping them wild!

This Florida Box Turtle was brought to us yesterday. Someone had captured it on Stock Island and was going to try to make a pet of it. Another individual intervened and with his help we were able to find where the turtles home range was. He brought it to us and we were able to release it back in the area it was captured. This large Florida Box Turtle can now continue its life in the wild. Thanks for those looking out for our native wildlife and keeping them wild!

keywestwildlifecenter:

Thanks to Mark Hedden of Florida Keys Audubon for identifying this as a female Chestnut-sided Warbler! We appreciate all the input! It is great having such support and input from the community…

Any birders out there who can give an opinion about the proper identification of this migrating vireo that struck the window of “Yours and Mayan” shop on Lazy Way Lane this morning? Our initial identification was a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. Would love some input! The bird is resting now and recovering from a window strike. We look forward to getting it back on its migratory journey as soon as possible!

keywestwildlifecenter:

Thanks to Mark Hedden of Florida Keys Audubon for identifying this as a female Chestnut-sided Warbler! We appreciate all the input! It is great having such support and input from the community…

Any birders out there who can give an opinion about the proper identification of this migrating vireo that struck the window of “Yours and Mayan” shop on Lazy Way Lane this morning? Our initial identification was a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. Would love some input! The bird is resting now and recovering from a window strike. We look forward to getting it back on its migratory journey as soon as possible!

Thanks to Mark Hedden of Florida Keys Audubon for identifying this as a female Chestnut-sided Warbler! We appreciate all the input!

Any birders out there who can give an opinion about the proper identification of this migrating vireo that struck the window of “Yours and Mayan” shop on Lazy Way Lane this morning? Our initial identification was a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. Would love some input! The bird is resting now and recovering from a window strike. We look forward to getting it back on its migratory journey as soon as possible!

Thanks to Mark Hedden of Florida Keys Audubon for identifying this as a female Chestnut-sided Warbler! We appreciate all the input!

Any birders out there who can give an opinion about the proper identification of this migrating vireo that struck the window of “Yours and Mayan” shop on Lazy Way Lane this morning? Our initial identification was a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. Would love some input! The bird is resting now and recovering from a window strike. We look forward to getting it back on its migratory journey as soon as possible!