Limpkin Rescue and Reunite

You just never know where a “rescue” will be needed!  A caring lady named Jenny called the Center for help when she noted a frantic mother bird by a storm grate.  Long time rescue volunteer Stephanie Boor responded to evaluate and, hopefully, resolve the problem. She found that 6 baby Limpkins had managed to lose themselves in the grate and mom couldn’t get them out!  A quick call to volunteer Sandy Smith for assistance and the use of a small net soon had the babies out and on their way to a VERY relieved mom. Click below to enjoy the fantastic video…

Watch the rescue video by clicking here.

FYI….Limpkins are an endangered, tropical species found as far north as Florida.  They somewhat resemble a small heron or Ibis, but are not closely related to either.  They are long-legged wading birds with a long curved beak that enables them to locate and remove from the shell the Apple Snails that are their primary diet, although they will also eat insects, worms and mussels.  They nest from February to June and will incubate their 4 – 8 eggs for approx. 27 days. They nest in vegetation found in marshes and fresh water areas – but can also be found in bushes or tree limbs as high as 40 feet.  The main threat to this bird is loss of habitat, both for nesting and for production of their main food source, the Apple Snail.

This is what we do every day.  But we can’t do it without your 
support,  Your donations are critical to the Wildlife Center’s 
ability to continue the work we do every day, rescuing ALL wildlife 
in Southwest Florida.

Thank you in advance for the years of continued support!!

Freedom Friday: Juvenile Eagle Release

Very cool video of another eagle release.  The Wildlife Center of Venice has had an extremely busy season so far, and we have had more than our fair share of eaglet rescues this year.  Here is a great success story from a juvenile eaglet that sustained a wing injury after fledging from the nest.  Three weeks of flight training and he was given the ok to try to take a second chance at life in paradise.  So much work goes into the rescue, rehab and release of these amazing animals and we always welcome new volunteers that are willing to try something new, experience awesomeness and help our fantastic Florida Wildlife.  Kudos to our long time volunteers, Mike, Stephanie and Julia for a great save and release.

It costs The Wildlife Center of Venice well over $750 and careful staff and volunteer time to rehabilitate a single bald eagle.  We can’t do this without your generous support.  We need YOU to help us to continue all that we do.  Please donate now so that we can keep going.  This is the toughest time of the year for WCV.  Baby season is in full bloom and many of our dedicated volunteers are snowbirds and have migrated up north so we can use your help now more than ever.  Please donate here if you have can spare a couple of bucks to help us on our mission.




WCV's Mission Statement: To protect and preserve Southwest Florida's native wildlife through educational outreach, and to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to their native habitat whenever possible.