Welcome to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, one of Central Florida’s best kept secrets. Located in the city of Maitland and the Town of Eatonville, this urban environmental Audubon Center focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida’s raptors. Open to the public, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey offers educational opportunities for all ages.
For travelers and tourists wanting to experience real Florida, the Center provides an opportunity to view up close and personal Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, Owls and Falcons; some of nature’s top predators. Visitors can learn about the unique adaptations of raptors, challenges they face and ways you can help. Take a walk to the Center’s gazebo for a short break and to view the Center’s Magic of Flight barn, which houses birds currently under rehabilitation, and the man-made wetland, a natural pollutant reducer that improves the water quality of the lake.
Additional exhibits highlight conservation in Florida, climate change, and Eagle Eyes on the Environment, a behind the scenes look into rehabilitation. Educational activities include on site and off site programs, special events, volunteer opportunities and Eagle Eyes on the Environment programs. The Center also hosts Audubon EagleWatch, a statewide citizen science program dedicated to the protection of Bald Eagles and their habitat. Through this program, many volunteers in the field monitor nesting success of more than 25% of the states nesting population.
We hope you enjoy your time with us. Our goal is to promote a culture of conservation towards birds of prey and their habitats, and develop future stewards of our natural resources.
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Audubon Florida is proud to announce that Wendy Andrew has been honored posthumously with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund. The award recognizes local citizens for their commitment to reversing the decline of wildlife and engaging communities in conservation. Recipients from around the world were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations, and each honoree and his or her nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from the fund.
During her more than 24-year career with Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resorts, Wendy turned her passion for nature into a tireless dedication to protecting wildlife. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Florida, was especially close to Wendy’s heart, and she frequently organized Disney VoluntEARS landscaping teams to help spruce up the center. She and her team donated time, energy and passion helping to improve the Center’s landscaping and trees. Grateful for Wendy’s ongoing support, in 2012 Florida Audubon recognized Wendy as Volunteer of the Year. She will be remembered as a great person, volunteer and conservation hero. With this award, the Center plans to create a memorial garden in her honor.
The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since 2004, Disney has honored more than 100 Conservation Heroes from around the world for their extraordinary conservation efforts.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of 2016 Conservation Hero Award recipients, visit Disney.com/Conservation.