Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center#4 in Best Things To Do in Key Largo
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The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is located a short 7-mile drive southwest of Key Largo in Tavernier, Florida. It consists of two facilities: an animal hospital where wounded birds are rehabilitated, and the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary, which houses more than 90 birds (across 40 species) that cannot be released back into the wild due to sustained injuries. The sanctuary prides itself on providing humane, natural enclosures where the birds can live out the rest of their lives comfortably. Visitors can embark on a self-guided tour through the habitat to see hawks, owls, pelicans, vultures, herons and more. (Note: The animal hospital section of the center is not open to the public unless you are dropping off an injured bird.)
Recent travelers praised the friendly and informative staff, diverse bird population, live feedings and sunset views on the property. The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary is open 365 days a year between sunrise and sunset. Admission is free, though the rehabilitation center does suggest a donation of $10 per person to keep the facility's mission running smoothly. To learn more, visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center's website.
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Named after John D. Pennekamp, a former newspaper editor for the Miami Herald and noted Everglades conservationist, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was developed in 1963 as the United States' first park under the sea. The state park is 25 miles long and 3 miles wide, and it is home to many aquatic plant and animal species, in addition to mangroves and various types of birds.
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