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This very healthy adult osprey was spotted by a kayaker in the water in the basin known as Dodge Lake behind the airport on Aviation Blvd on Sat., Feb. 4th. The bird had it’s wings out trying to propel itself somewhere where it could get out of the water. Ospreys are known to have strong wings and CAN completely submerge and the re-emerge from underwater when hunting fish. Occasionally, howe...

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This stunning creature came in to the Wildlife Rescue of Dade County on December 29, 2016. Since the Wildlife Center specializes in small mammals and raptors, they asked us at the MWBC if we would try to rehabilitate it. We gladly accepted, and adopted this feathered jewel on January 10, 2017. This spoonbill was found in the Everglades about 5 months ago, with an old dislocated or broken elbow whi...

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In February 2003, we responded to a call from the Marathon Airport, where a plane on the runway had hit an osprey. Oliver, an adult male, was the victim. The collision had severed the end of his left wing (his “hand”), grounding him forever. Normally, ospreys are very high-strung and do not like to be in close proximity to humans. Oliver, how ever has a calm disposition and makes an ex...

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Betsy is a female Brown Pelican who came to us more than 15 years ago. She is 90% blind – her left eye has only slight vision. Why is she blind? We will never know. We suspect she encountered a virus. Until very recently, Betsy served as the Marathon Wild Bird Center’s ambassador at community gatherings, and was a classroom favorite. She’s now retired, and enjoys the company of other...

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Florida Keys Audubon Society – www.audubon.com Cornell Lab of Ornithology – www.birds.cornell.edu U.S. Fish and Wildlife – www.fws.gov Wildlife Rescue of Dade County – dadewildliferescue.com Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center – floridakeys.noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center – www.nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds

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