The Laura Quinn
Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset 365 Days A Year!
The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary provides a humane, natural and protected refuge to hindered birds. Founder Laura Quinn recognized that some injured birds could not safely return to the wild. She knew, though, they could humanely live long and enriched lives if given a secure space to thrive. The Sanctuary offers acres of wetlands that serve as a habitat for many of the birds that fit this description. The property offers one of the only known saltwater tidal ponds in Monroe County, an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Sanctuary serves as a natural habitat to wildlife, as a healthy and flourishing part of the ecosystem and as a home for those birds no longer able to survive in the wild.Visit Us Today!
Barred Owl: Strix varia
In the spring of 2014 a veterinarian was traveling to the Florida Keys from Sarasota, Florida, and found Leopold on the Tamiami Trail. Leopold had been hit by a car and was suffering from a broken left wing. Our rehabilitation team was able to save Leopold’s life, but his wing wasn’t able to heal completely. Due to his permanent injury Leopold is not able to be released back into the wild. Now Leopold is an Animal Ambassador and helps us to teach people about birds.
Samson and Delilah
Great Horned Owl: Bubo virginianus
Samson (right) and Delilah (left) were brought to the Bird Center prior to 2011 from a rehabilitation center in Northern Florida. Samson and Delilah both suffer from defects in their right wings, most likely the result of a collision with a moving vehicle. Both owls have two fully intact wings, but their non-functional right wings prevents them from being able to hunt and flee from danger on their own. Delilah is a bit larger than Samson, and she wears a pink band on her left foot while Samson sports a blue band on his left foot.
Great Horned Owl: Bubo virginianus
Junior was found as a fledgling in Ocean Reef, and was brought to our hospital with a broken right wing. Despite our best efforts, Junior’s wing was damaged beyond repair and was unable to completely heal. This injury makes it impossible for Junior to hunt in the wild, making him a permanent Sanctuary resident.
Barn Owl: Tyto alba
Casper came to the Bird Sanctuary in 2011 with an infected right wing. Our hospital staff were able to save Casper’s life by partially amputating her infected wing, but unfortunately the procedure made Casper non-releasable. Since Casper is missing part of her right wing she is not able to hunt and survive naturally in the wild, but she is quite happy living with us at the Wild Bird Sanctuary.
Eastern Screen-Owl: Megascops asio
Professor Moody came to the Bird Center as a juvenile with a severely damaged left eye after a collision with a moving car. The damage to his eye was significant and had the potential to lead to more health issues in the future. As a result Professor Moody’s left eye had to be removed, and his lack of depth perception make him non-releasable.
Merlin Falcon: Falco columbarius
As a juvenile, Aria was migrating south for the winter when she became weak from a lack of food and was struck by a car. During the collision Aria’s left wing was broken; an injury that she will never fully recover from. Due to the lack of her ability to fly, Aria will live in at the Wild Bird Sanctuary for the rest of his life.
Broad-Winged Hawk; Buteo platypterus
Icarus came to the Bird Sanctuary in January of 2015 after going through extensive rehabilitation at Mission Wild Bird, our bird hospital. Icarus came to our hospital with severe damage to his right wing with evidence that he had been shot with a pellet gun.
Mutt and Jeff
Red-shouldered Hawks: Buteo lineatus
Our two Red-shouldered Hawks came to our hospital in 2011, and both had injuries to their right wings. While we weren’t able to find any foreign objects embedded in the wings of either bird, there was significant evidence that both had been shot by humans with pellet or BB guns. We were able to save the lives of both of these hawks, but the injuries that they sustained were great enough to prevent them from being released back to the wild.
Short-Tailed Hawk: Buteo brachyurus
Relatively uncommon in southern Florida, this hawk was found on the side of the road with a broken right wing. While this hawk is able to fly just enough to get from perch to perch in her permanent enclosure, she does not possess the ability to hunt on her own in the wild. For that reason this Short-tailed Hawk is non-releasable.
Turkey Vultures: Cathartes aura
All four of our residential turkey vultures came to our Wild Bird Sanctuary at different times over a period of five to six years. All four suffer from having a non-functional wing, and one vulture also has vision problems. It’s not uncommon for turkey vultures to be struck by moving vehicles, especially along highways and in medians where other animals become victims of car accidents. When the vultures try to swoop in for a meal of carrion (dead animal matter) they run the risk of becoming car accident victims themselves.
Bonnie & Clyde
Red-shouldered Hawk: Buteo lineatus
We came to the hospital in 2011. We were hurt by humans and were shot with a pellet gun. The Bird Center saved our lives, but our wings are still damaged, so we cannot be released back to the wild.
American Crow: Corvus brachyrhynchos
I came to the Bird Sanctuary in the summer of 2016 after being raised by humans in captivity. I was not fed a proper diet so I was in poor health, but the Center worked hard and fed me high quality food. Now I get to live in the Sanctuary with my other friends.
Blue Jay: Cyanocitta cristata
Flop came to the Bird Sanctuary as an imprinted, adult Blue Jay. Since Flop has lived with humans his entire life he is unable to survive on his own. The humans that raised Flop also kept cats, and Flop learned to mimic their “meow” noises.
Making a Difference
This place had a wide variety of birds. The kids loved walking around the boardwalk and seeing them all. They really enjoyed talking to the parrot. It’s also free, which was a huge plus. They have a donation box so make sure you help out.
We stopped before dinner one night to have a look at the birds. My favorite were the Great Horned Owls but the Pelicans were fun to watch too. Doesn’t take very long to go through or you could stop and watch as long as you...More
We had a chance to visit twice while vacationing in Key Largo this past week. I was particularly excited to meet the newest resident, Crandon, the sandhill crane I had read about on the Center’s Facebook page. He was perky and cute! Although I love...More
This place does a great service for the injured birds. And others that just show up! It's nothing fancy. But you will see a lot of great bird close up. So unusual to have a place like this right on the bay..instead of a resort....More
We really enjoyed seeing all the rescued birds and our walk along the water. Beautiful ocean views at the end. A nice place for an hour or so. It is a donation for an entry fee. Please be generous what a great cause.
We go here every time we visit Key Largo. The tireless volunteers look after a wide variety of local birds, many of whom have been injured and would not survive in the wild. The place is in great shape even after Hurricane Irma. Well worth...More
Take a nice short relaxing walk to view the birds. It’s free and probably takes 15-30 min to walk through and see a variety of birds. Great information.
If you need to take a break from water sports, and go to a nice little shelter for injured wild birds, this is for you. Don't plan a day, just a quick visit
This place is amazing. The staff is excellent and knowledgeable, and is doing such important and necessary work. My children love visiting and learning about the birds.
Really cool bird sanctuary near Islamorada. Check it out!
This was really nice! They are helping the injured birds and it's just a donation. Nice walk way to walk on, the birds are treated great here. So nice to see this!
I think the work they do is great. They have pretty cool pelicans and owls. It is a rehabilitation center so it's not very big. It's educational if you have kids. Would not visit again.
The work these guy's do is incredible - I visit every year. The settings in the Tavernier site are so natural and quiet for the recuperation of wild birds. If you love Pelicans this is the place to go - feeding time is a frenzy
They help so many birds thank you for your great work!
One of my favorite places on the keys. Some of my best pictures were taking there.
We drop in every time we head out to the keys! A quiet place to take a stroll
A wonderful 45 minute visit. We were able to get up close and personal with numerous owls, several comerands, and a couple parrots. We met Flop the meowing blue jay. We especially enjoyed the pelican enclosure with a dozen pelicans. They perform a great mission; well worth a visit (but bring bug spray!)...
Awesome place to visit! As a birder myself, Im grateful we have such places. Thank you guys, all the way from Texas!
This place was amazing had all types of birds with their own stories, beautiful plumage on the pelicans, enjoyed Fred the Parrot, thank you to the caring people who work there!
I need to visit this winter when riding bicycle. Would be a great stop .
My partner and I came here expecting a pricey tourist trap so we were blown away by the quality of the exhibits and the fact it's FREE. (Be sure to donate to support the mission!) We were especially impressed by the variety of hawks and owls at the center.
We had such fun at this lovely place. Free, although donations are encouraged. So many beautiful birds that appear to be well taken care of and loved. My teenage boys were enthralled too. Interesting to read the stories about each bird's circumstances and challenges. Glad they have this place to call home.
If you like songbirds, seabirds, raptors, and owls, be sure to stop here. Walk down outdoor boardwalk paths and check out all the different birds being rehabilitated in the cages. This is an easy walk, and a quick visit if you just want to look at birds, or you can take your time and read all the informational plaques about each bird. There's a nice little path along the water at the back of the building. A very nice thing to do on a day with dreary weather. Bathroom available. Leave a donation in the donation boxes to help care for the birds!
Drove by many times & saw the sign. Finally decided to see what it's all about. I was surprised it was free to go in & see all the beautiful birds & how they are being taken care of.
This place needs to advertise if permitted, that it is a free attraction. I did put a donation in the box & believe they could raise much more money if people driving by knew there is NO CHARGE.
Coral Springs, Fl.
A nice little place to stop while visiting Key Largo and the surrounding areas. You will need about 30-45 minutes there at most.
We knew that as we were passing through the Keys that we had to stop stop at the wild birds sanctuary. The sanctuary cares for injured, orphaned and rescue birds. The wild bird sancturay is a natural habitat including birds of prey, tropical and sea birds among many other varieties. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is an oasis for so many beautiful wild birds. I especially loved the owls and parrots. They also have a little walkway behind the bird oasis that has beautiful grounds and views showcasing the scenic waters, Mangroves, and more little birds and ducks walking about. It doesn't cost anything to visit the rehabilitation center, but you can donate in the little donation box up at the front. This is a great stop for all ages. We had a really enjoyable visit here.
Highly recommend - so many great bird attractions. Stop only if to see the meowing bluejay or the multiple adorable owls and pelicans. It made my heart full to see these beautiful birds so well cared for and would make a great educational spot.
Great place to visit if you are traveling with kids. There are varieties of large birds and owels to see. Admission is free, but there is donation box.
Wonderful place to take the family in Key Largo. I can't believe this place doesn't get more hype. It's hard to find low-cost things to do in the area, and this is FREE! Though the do have a spot you can drop donations to support their cause.
My kids enjoyed seeing various types of birds including a beautiful green parrot named Fred whom they fell in love with. They also had owls, hawks, pelicans, and various other birds. What we really enjoyed was reading the stories behind how the birds came to be here. It was very interesting.
There's lots of beautiful scenery to walk through and you'll see random wildlife throughout such as iguanas. An absolute must do for families in the Upper Keys!
For a donation you get to roam around a good number of hand made habitats for wounded birds that are no longer safe in the wild. This gives you a chance to see up close some of our finely feathered friends. Nice to do with kids
Loved seeing all the birds and a lot had there stories posted so you know why they were there. The staff was super nice and helpful we were there at feeding time of some of the birds and that was an added cool feature for the kids.
This place is worth a stop if your driving your way into the Keys. Such a GEM!!! I found this place a few years ago before they remodeled. The area where the pelicans by the beach was not there a few years back. As you walk through owls, hawks and just truly breathtaking birds. It was so cool to see different types of owls. We visited this past Sunday and it was about 60 degrees, pretty nice weather for this area. It was a nice walk through for a Sunday morning. It does not even take long to walk throughout the area. But so worth a stop you won't regret it. In the back there is a small sitting area on a beach that is beautiful. Plus it's free but please make sure to donate! This place is beautiful and I'm happy that someone has put something like this together to protect birds that have been injured. Truly lovely.
Awesome place where they rescue birds that need help. Lots of owls. Free entry. You can give a donation of you want to. Nice place to visit with a family
Great stop down to the keys. Large enclosures and habitats. Lots of information and ability to go at ones own pace.
This place is great! Very informative staff, descriptions on each cage indicating the injuries, treatment and prognosis. Drop some money on the donation box if you're able to help out! They also post their releases to Facebook if you want to follow the animals after your visit.
There is no park ranger, but there are sparsely written info signs for all the caged, rescued birds. Small sanctuary to stretch your legs. Clean, handicapped accessible restrooms if you need one along the highway. Make sure to leave a small donation to keep the place running!
This wonderful gem tucked away in the Florida Keys is worth the drive down there alone. We went for the first time today, and I can honestly say I had tears in my eyes from seeing all the gorgeous wildlife, the peaceful stroll you take along the boardwalk that leads right out to the ocean (added bonus!!!!), and how fabulously the animals are taken care of. This is a MUST go to during your trip. There is a donation box as well as a kiosk one for debit and credit cards. I felt so honored donating knowing it is going towards a good cause. Parking is a little tight, but it's absolutely worth it. We will continue to come back from now on every time we travel this way.
*LONG REVIEW WORTH READING* Super fun place! Plenty of birds with knowledgeable staff. Had a great time here. It is free, though they do ask for donations, which is fine by me because they're doing such a great thing. What I really enjoyed was the signs on the enclosures that not only told you facts about the bird, but also the story on why they are there. Honestly, I've never been to a cleaner animal sanctuary. The water for the birds was crystal clear, and there were no bad smells. I 10/10 recommend stopping by during your visit to the keys!
So worth the stop! Free, and no staff to check in with but you will want to donate a couple dollars at least after you see the work they do for these birds. Bring cash or they have a card reader setuo for donation. Short easy walk to see all the birds. Free parking area.
Love this place! Really wonderful to see the rescued birds, you can also walk down to a beautiful little beach. It's free to enter, but you can donate via a touch screen and card reader at the end. The staff was very nice and very knowledgeable. The parking gets a little tight, especially during busy times.
What an interesting experience! An up-close-and-personal opportunity watching Florida birds interact, in and out of cages. At the end... 20-40 minutes, you can walk onto a beautiful, picturesque Key's beach for a breathtaking shot. We loved it!
Natural habitat for the animals, clean spaces, well kept. Fresh food and water for the birds. Bathroom. Great for all ages. Loved it. Make sure you make a donation!
Pleasant boardwalk thru mangroves, meandering thru the sanctuary. An important home to all the birds that can't survive in the wild, mostly due to auto hits (plaques give info) Clean, well kept. Handicap access parking pad and bathroom.
There are many varieties of local birds at this 7 acre sanctuary which are cared for due to their injuries that prevent their return to the wild. It is free admission with voluntary donation. There is plenty of places to park. It is a fun place for an hour of time at leisurely pacs