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."
Thanks to Save a Turtle org. Volunteers for rescuing these two Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings after excavating what could be our last Loggerhead nest of the season! They were discovered in the nest and brought to the Key West Wildlife Center. We were able to release them last evening. Thanks to everyone looking out for our native wildlife and thanks to Save-A-Turtle nesting surveyors for working hard through another nesting season!

Thanks to Save a Turtle org. Volunteers for rescuing these two Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings after excavating what could be our last Loggerhead nest of the season! They were discovered in the nest and brought to the Key West Wildlife Center. We were able to release them last evening. Thanks to everyone looking out for our native wildlife and thanks to Save-A-Turtle nesting surveyors for working hard through another nesting season!

This Chuck-will’s-widow was rescued this evening on Big Coppitt Key with a wing injury that has been set and wrapped. Outlook is very good for recovery and release. The Chuck-will ‘s-widow hunts actively at night by flying low over the ground in search of insects. Occasionally, small birds and bats are included in its diet. We include the Richard Nilson illustration of the large scooping mouth without stressing our patient to show one of the unique birds interesting features.

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Thanks for the updates on the Loggerhead Turtle we helped rescue!

This juvenile Florida Box Turtle was rescued by one of our volunteers, Dell, who was working cleaning pools this morning. It was floating in the pool of a residence right around the corner from our center. We will release it in the Indigenous Park since this is most likely where the turtle originated. It is very important to release rescued turtles near to where they were found. They have to be released in their home territory or it can cause them to become disoriented and vulnerable.

This juvenile Florida Box Turtle was rescued by one of our volunteers, Dell, who was working cleaning pools this morning. It was floating in the pool of a residence right around the corner from our center. We will release it in the Indigenous Park since this is most likely where the turtle originated. It is very important to release rescued turtles near to where they were found. They have to be released in their home territory or it can cause them to become disoriented and vulnerable.

Thanks to everyone involved in today’s Loggerhead Turtle Rescue: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; The Turtle Hospital, and Save a Turtle org. Thanks to all of the organizations for partnering with the Key West Wildlife Center in order to get this turtle rescued from an entanglement that had it dragging a crab trap from its front right flipper. Thanks to Mike Hentz for the great pictures! We appreciate everyone’s efforts. Save-A-Turtle volunteers Niki Harcourt and Marlene Durazo were very helpful while Alastair from The Turtle Hospital got to the scene as well! This shows what rescue organizations can do when partnering together!

Thanks to everyone involved in today’s Loggerhead Turtle Rescue: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionThe Turtle Hospital, and Save a Turtle org. Thanks to all of the organizations for partnering with the Key West Wildlife Center in order to get this turtle rescued from an entanglement that had it dragging a crab trap from its front right flipper. Thanks to Mike Hentz for the great pictures! We appreciate everyone’s efforts. Save-A-Turtle volunteers Niki Harcourt and Marlene Durazo were very helpful while Alastair from The Turtle Hospital got to the scene as well! This shows what rescue organizations can do when partnering together!

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Got a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this morning regarding a large Loggerhead Turtle possibly in distress in the waters off of White Street Pier in Key West. We were able to determine that the turtle was struggling and that it could have an entanglement issue on the right front flipper. At that point, Alastair of The Turtle Hospital responded from Marathon while staff from the Key West Wildlife Center and Save a Turtle org. kept an eye on it. Once Alastair arrived, he was able to kayak and snorkle out to discover the turtle was entangled in fishing line and nylon rope around the right front flipper. The line was attached to a crab trap and was being dragged by the turtle. Thankfully we were able to enlist the help of one of our volunteers with a boat to make the rescue. Alastair got the turtle in a net and we were able to get it aboard safely. We were able to transport it to Hurricane Hole marina where it was transferred to the Turtle Ambulance. It has now arrived in Marathon for treatment. Thanks to everyone involved! It is always great to partner with other rescue organizations and FWC to try and save the lives of our native wildlife in distress!

Got a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this morning regarding a large Loggerhead Turtle possibly in distress in the waters off of White Street Pier in Key West. We were able to determine that the turtle was struggling and that it could have an entanglement issue on the right front flipper. At that point, Alistair of The Turtle Hospital responded from Marathon while staff from the Key West Wildlife Center and Save a Turtle org. kept an eye on it. Once Alistair arrived, he was able to kayak and snorkle out to discover the turtle was entangled in fishing line and nylon rope around the right front flipper. The line was attached to a lobster trap and was being dragged by the turtle. Thankfully we were able to enlist the help of one of our volunteers with a boat to make the rescue. Alistair got the turtle in a net and we were able to get it aboard safely. We were able to transport it to Hurricane Hole marina where it was transferred to the Turtle Ambulance. It has now arrived in Marathon for treatment. Thanks to everyone involved! It is always great to partner with other rescue organizations and FWC to try and save the lives of our native wildlife in distress!

This Prothonotary Warbler was rescued this afternoon after an impact related injury on Flagler Avenue near the Salvation Army in Key West. It is being kept under observation until it is ready to be released.

This Prothonotary Warbler was rescued this afternoon after an impact related injury on Flagler Avenue near the Salvation Army in Key West. It is being kept under observation until it is ready to be released.

A very busy day of rescues that started early today!
Rescues 9/9/2014: Laughing Gull at Reach Resort; Double-crested Cormorant at Petronia and Johnston; Florida Box Turtle on Amelia; American Redstart on 1700 block of Seminary; American Redstart at Eisenhower and Petronia; Common Grackle at KW Citizen offices (released after rescue with photographer Mike Hentz).

We are partnering with the Marathon Wild Bird Center to get this Brown Booby back to the wild. It was rehabilitated in Marathon and transported to Key West this afternoon. We are arranging transport to get it back within its home range….

We are partnering with the Marathon Wild Bird Center to get this Brown Booby back to the wild. It was rehabilitated in Marathon and transported to Key West this afternoon. We are arranging transport to get it back within its home range….

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!