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MISSION WILD BIRD + LAURA QUINN WILD BIRD SANCTUARY
TAVERNIER, FLORIDA

 
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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

VOLUNTEER

FKWBC welcomes dedicated, passionate volunteers to assist us in our work. Click above to read more about volunteering!

DONATE

INTERN

Interns are an integral part of our organization. They take part in every aspect of rehabilitation. Click above to read more about internships at FKWBC!

The Center is always in need of both monetary and material donations. Click above to read more about donating!

ADOPT-A-BIRD

Our Sanctuary Residents are looking for people to help fund their enclosures and dietary needs. Click above to read more about our adoption programs!

 
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OUR FACILITIES

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Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary

93600 Overseas Highway Tavernier, FL 33070

Come visit our non-releasable wild birds! Take a walk along our boardwalk, watch the sunset, see a pelican feeding, & more.

HOURS: Monday-Sunday Sunrise-Sunset

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Mission Wild Bird Hospital

92080 Overseas Highway Tavernier, FL 33070

While our Hospital area and Administrative Office are staff-only, Mission Wild Bird also houses our gift shop and visitor education center.

VISITOR CENTER HOURS: Mon-Fri 10 am - 2 pm

HOSPITAL HOURS: Mon-Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

BIRDGENCY HOTLINE AVAILABLE 24/7

"The Bird Lady" 

The history of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center centers around one woman known as the "Bird Lady". It is a name that our founder, Laura Quinn, earned over the years as she created a natural legacy rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds. Originally a statistician and mathematics teacher, Quinn always loved nature. She and her husband were sailors, eventually relocating to a home in Lower Matecumbe. When asked about her time on the boat, she said, "I'd get bored on the boat. I tried to knit or crochet, but woodworking seemed to be the thing I could do that was okay to get wet." To counter her boredom, Laura began carving native birds that she encountered in the Keys.

Eventually her interest in avian species led her to collaborate with a veterinarian, Dr. Robert Foley. Together, they provided modest rehabilitation services in a facility behind her small oceanfront home. By reading bird books and observing Dr. Foley, Laura learned how to rehabilitate her feathered friends, helping them heal their broken wings, removing fish hooks, and raising the orphaned. But when the sick and injured birds she cared for increased in number and species, expansion became necessary. With a bit of well-deserved luck, Quinn acquired a 5.5 acre property on which only three-quarters of an acre could be developed - just enough space for a house and office. The rest of the property was (and remains) lush native vegetation, mangroves, hammocks, and wetlands.

Incorporated in 1988, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Inc. officially opened its doors as an organization in 1991. Team Wild Bird owes much gratitude to Laura Quinn, who left to fly with the birds on September 18th, 2010. Her focus and determination continue to motivate us to provide the best care possible to our patients. Our past, present, and future are the direct result of one woman embracing her passion and caring for the environment and wildlife in the Florida Keys.

Our mission: The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is a not for profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced; providing or locating a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released; and educating the public towards the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species.

The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center

 
 

Meet Team Wild Bird!

We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented, passionate, and hard-working staff. Together, they strive to "Keep Them Flying" by providing the best care possible for our birds.

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Jordan Budnik

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jordan and her jealous bird-wife Nikki moved to the Florida Keys after accepting a job with FKWBC in May 2017. She comes from a mixed background with organizations including Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE). She now works as FKWBC’s Executive Director, handling fundraising, coordinating community outreach programs, and speaking with donors about ways they can help “Keep Them Flying”.

JORDAN BUDNIK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Gregory Russ

WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR

Greg grew up in Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. While studying pre-veterinary medicine at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, he discovered that he loved working with birds. After graduating, Greg volunteered and interned at a variety of rehabilitation centers in Minnesota and Vermont and worked at the Raptor Education Group Inc. in Wisconsin as an Avian Technician and volunteer coordinator.  He joined FKWBC as the Wildlife Rehabilitator at the end of October 2020.  In his spare time, he loves bird watching, photography, and hiking.

GREGORY RUSS
WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR

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Kenneth Lorber

FACILITIES STAFF

"I love nature and all it brings

life's great color and shape

the music of being alive

this is what we cherish

I help with daily care of birds here to give hope

and end pain"

Ken was previously a beloved long-time volunteer. He is now an integral part of our facilities staff. Without him, the Bird Center would not be here today.

KEN LORBER
FACILITIES MAINTENANCE STAFF

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Connor O'Hea

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Caselyn grew up in North Carolina. As a young child, she always had a love for animals. Caselyn earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology (with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation) from Lees-McRae College. During her time in college, while working and studying at May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Caselyn discovered that her passion was working with birds. After graduating, Caselyn volunteered and interned at Carolina Raptor Center. Caselyn looks forward to broadening her knowledge with various other species while at FKWBC!

CASELYN LITTLE
AVIAN CARE FELLOW

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Sarah Slayton

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Grace was born and raised in northern Utah and has always had a deep love for wildlife and the outdoors. She recently graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. During college, she spent each summer doing aquatic invasive species work with the Utah DNR. Although she enjoyed the work, Grace is now wanting to pursue a passion in wildlife rehabilitation. She is very excited for the opportunity to switch mountains for oceans in Florida and gain brand new experiences in avian care and rehab at FKWBC!

GRACE RICHEY
AVIAN CARE INTERN

JORDAN BUDNIK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Bayleigh MacHaffie

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Originally hailing from Dalton, Massachusetts, Bayleigh joined Team Wild Bird in November 2019 after spending some time in North Carolina. Previously she was a Wildlife Rehabilitator at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue & volunteered with the Carolina Raptor Center. Bayleigh is an IWRC Certified W.R. & has earned her B.S. in Psychology & Wildlife Biology (with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation) from Lees-McRae College. Aside from her obsession with Pelicans, Bayleigh adores & spoils her Cat (Charlie) & Leopard Gecko (Archie).  

BAYLEIGH MACHAFFIE
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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Deja Canter

WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR

Deja attended Lees-McRae College in Western North Carolina where she received her B.S. in wildlife biology with a concentration in wildlife rehabilitation. Before joining the FKWBC team in March 2021, she spent time working at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Banner Elk, NC and completed a fellowship program at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel, FL. Deja enjoys birdwatching and her favorite bird is the American Crow.

DEJA CANTER
WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR

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Connor O'Hea

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Rachel was born in Honduras before she moved to York, PA when she was eight years old. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After college, she worked in rehabilitation, conservation, and education at Sea Turtle, Inc. for nearly three years. She’s ecstatic to continue exploring the world of rehabilitation and learn more about one of her passions, birds! Her favorite birds are pelicans and green herons.

RACHEL LECATES
AVIAN CARE INTERN

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Emma McCarthy

AVIAN CARE TECHNICIAN

Maggy hails from New York where she grew up going to nature camp and raising assistance dogs. With her degree in Sustainability she completed a wildlife education internship and served with AmeriCorps in New Hampshire at an environmental non-profit for two years providing watershed education, trail building, and various forms of conservation field work. Maggy is ready to get back in the bird game since she has always loved working with raptors and corvids and is excited to expand her knowledge with the variety of species the FKWBC sees throughout the year!

MAGGY POLLICINO
OUTREACH COORDINATOR

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Connor O'Hea

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Julie grew up in Harleyville, South Carolina and has had a passion for animals since childhood. She earned her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University. She enjoys drawing portraits of animals and has drawn pet portraits for people. She also enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Julie is excited to get more hands-on experience working with birds at the FKWBC and learn more about how to

protect, conserve, and care for a variety of bird species!

JULIE BAUCOM
AVIAN CARE INTERN

Click here to see our Board of Directors!

Contact Us

To inquire about a patient's status, please email updates@keepthemflying.org.

Mission Wild Bird

92080 Overseas Highway

Tavernier, FL 33070

Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary

93600 Overseas Highway

Tavernier, FL 33070

info@keepthemflying.org


Tel: (305) 852-4486

SANCTUARY HOURS:

7 DAYS A WEEK SUNRISE-SUNSET

MWB - VISITOR CENTER HOURS:

MONDAY - FRIDAY 10 - 2

MWB HOSPITAL HOURS:

AVAILABLE 24/7 FOR BIRDGENCIES

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HAVE A BIRDGENCY? CLICK HERE 

24/7 BIRDGENCY-ONLY HOTLINE

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