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MISSION WILD BIRD + LAURA QUINN WILD BIRD SANCTUARY
TAVERNIER, FLORIDA
 
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HAVE A BIRDGENCY? CLICK HERE 

24/7 BIRDGENCY-ONLY HOTLINE

(305) 852 - 4486 ext. 1

 

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!

 

OUR FACILITIES

Click a location to read more!
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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

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 8:30 am - 5 pm

HOSPITAL HOURS: Mon-Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 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.

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

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

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

Sarah Slayton

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Sarah is originally from Los Angeles and has wanted to pursue a career working with animals for as long as she can remember. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where her coursework focused on animal behavior and wildlife conservation. In addition to her studies, she gained firsthand experience in behavioral research and animal care through internships at the St. Louis Zoo and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Sarah is thrilled to be continuing to build on her previous work studying birds by gaining hands-on experience in avian rehabilitation at the FKWBC!

SARAH SLAYTON
AVIAN CARE INTERN

Carlie Anderson

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Carlie earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Austin where she explored broad-ranging interests in the natural sciences. As an undergraduate, she engaged in various fields of research including vegetation and fire ecology, biogeography, & entomology, & attended an immersive 6-week field training program in central Botswana. She will be pursuing a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at FSU in Fall 2021. In the meantime, she is grateful for the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences with the uniquely diverse avifauna of the Keys & is excited to be a part of the FKWBC team.

Carlie Anderson

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Carlie earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Austin where she explored broad-ranging interests in the natural sciences. As an undergraduate, she engaged in various fields of research including vegetation and fire ecology, biogeography, & entomology, & attended an immersive 6-week field training program in central Botswana. She will be pursuing a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at FSU in Fall 2021. In the meantime, she is grateful for the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences with the uniquely diverse avifauna of the Keys & is excited to be a part of the FKWBC team.

CARLIE ANDERSON
AVIAN CARE INTERN

JORDAN BUDNIK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

Emma McCarthy

AVIAN CARE TECHNICIAN

Emma grew up in Wisconsin & has always enjoyed spending time outside in nature. She pursued her love of science by completing a degree in Biology at DePaul University in Chicago. During her time in school, she completed internships at the Shedd Aquarium & Lincoln Park Zoo, where she first gained experience working with wildlife. Emma is excited to continue learning about new species & the rehabilitation process at FKWBC! 

EMMA MCCARTHY
AVIAN CARE TECHNICIAN

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

Connor O'Hea

AVIAN CARE INTERN

"Growing up being involved with the Boy Scouts of America developed my love of nature and animals. After obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, I wanted to expand my knowledge further where I attended the University of Delaware and received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Currently, I am applying my knowledge and developing my skills as an intern here at the FKWBC!"

CONNOR O'HEA
AVIAN CARE INTERN

Connor O'Hea

AVIAN CARE INTERN

Jenna grew up in North Carolina and has loved animals ever since she was a child. She is currently attending North Carolina State University to pursue a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Before interning at the FKWBC, Jenna had gained experience working with songbirds, domestic fowl, small mammals, and waterfowl at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue and Skywatch Bird Rescue, both in North Carolina.

JENNA DONKLE
AVIAN CARE INTERN

Click here to see our Board of Directors!

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Contact Us

To inquire about a patient's status, please email info@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 8:30 - 5

MWB HOSPITAL HOURS:

AVAILABLE 24/7 FOR BIRDGENCIES

A Team Wild Bird member will respond to your message as soon as possible.

 

HAVE A BIRDGENCY? CLICK HERE 

24/7 BIRDGENCY-ONLY HOTLINE

(305) 852 - 4486 ext. 1