We were able to release this Great White Heron in the Sonny McCoy Indigenous park this morning. It had been rescued just outside the Indigenous Park on May 11th, weak and hardly able to stand. Since that time, it has made steady progress towards recovery. It was strong, healthy and ready to go today!
Heading down to Westin Marina in Key West to meet Danger Charters. They just rescued a Magnificent Frigatebird! Way to go Danger!
With roughly half of all turtle species at risk of extinction, conservationists say now is a crucial time to stick out our necks for these ancient animals. Thanks to Reef Relief, Save-A-Turtle, and The Marathon Turtle Hospital for all the work they do in supporting these amazing creatures!
Thanks to United States Navy Fighter Squadron VFA-106 for volunteering at the Key West Wildlife Center today helping us with some big jobs: Moving sand, mucking out the moat, power washing the pavilion, cutting grass and just generally knocking out a lot of different jobs in a hurry! We appreciate the volunteer help!
This Double-crested Cormorant was rescued this morning by someone fishing at White Street Pier in Key West. The Cormorant has swallowed bait, hook, and a metal leader. We are working to remove the hook carefully, because internal bleeding is already present. We hope to be able to report good news about this unfortunate situation. We do appreciate those that bring injured or distressed wildlife to our center so we can try and help them!
This Florida Box Turtle was brought to the Key West Wildlife Center today by a local family. The turtle was brought to them by someone else and they are trying to determine what location this turtle originally came from- possibly Big Pine Key. We are waiting for more information so we can return it to its home territory. It is always crucial for a turtle to be returned as near as possible to where it was found!
May 14, 2013 5:28pm
Local Artist Dick Moody and his wood craftsmen friends have offered to construct a beautiful custom new home for Augie our Broad-winged Hawk education ambassador and we need your help to raise funds! Some of you have given already to this cause and we thank you! We have an opportunity to allow a local artisan to custom build this home and to get it done in a timely manner. Please help any way you can! You can always donate on our website at: www.keywestwildlifecenter.org. Thank You!
Special Thanks to Chelsea Barattini of The Yankee Freedom III for bringing in this Upland Sandpiper from the Dry Tortugas after docking in Key West minutes ago. Chelsea had been observing this bird the last couple of days at Fort Jefferson and it seems to be weak and unstable. It has good body weight, and we hope to be able to rehabilitate this beauty!
Hannah C. Hunter called us last night from the Southernmost Beach Cafe regarding this Laughing Gull with a wing injury. We were able to make the rescue. This shot was taken this morning after the wing wrap was changed. Thanks Hannah for looking out for our native wildlife in distress!
This fledgling Red-winged Blackbird was brought to the Key West Wildlife Center this morning after a concerned citizen saw it in traffic at the intersection of Flagler and Kennedy. We are going to get the bird released back to safer spot in the vicinity so the parents can continue to care for this youngster. It is already flying short distances, so it will not be too long before this bird is flying regularly….