This morning, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center shared the below letter regarding recent thefts. In response to this message, people have asked how they can help. We had planned a Giving Season fundraising campaign (to directly support our programs and services – as most not for profits do at the end of the year) to launch in a week. With so many offers to give, and now a greater need, we hope you will consider a gift. There are significant costs associated with these thefts in addition to meeting insurance deductibles. It’s an unfortunate need to raise money. A request we do not want to make on others. However, if you can, we thank you for considering a gift to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.
You may visit our giving center online: www.keepthemflying.org/give.
“Project Restore” is the campaign we are launching for one-time gifts. We will update the community on these fundraising efforts.
Donations may also be mailed to:
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center
92080 Overseas Highway
Tavernier, Florida 33070
Thank you for carrying us through this difficult time.
The Announcement from Board Chair John Stuart:
It is with great sadness that I report to you actions that have taken place in the past 24 hours directly impacting the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, its employees, board, and volunteers.
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center’s Sanctuary and Mission Wild Bird Hospital were broken into and burglarized.
Thieves stole the grant funded SUV that was used to rescue wild birds. The SUV and other items stolen were located at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary. Significant theft also took place at the Center’s new Mission Wild Bird Hospital building. Items stolen include a donor funded digital radiograph x-ray, technology equipment, and numerous other items. We believe the thieves knew the specific location of the SUV keys and the specific locations and values of other items stolen.
In addition, last Friday, our executive director was the victim of theft in her home. Items stolen were of a very personal nature, with more valuable items left behind.
We do our best to share positive stories about the mission of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. Our staff and volunteers work day in and day out to provide the best possible care for wild native and migratory birds. They greet and teach visitors – sharing the story of environmental responsibility and inspiration.
These services are a direct result of donations from people in our community. We couldn’t be more grateful for the trust people have in our team and their consideration for the environment.
For the past four months, the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, its employees, volunteers, board of directors and supporters have been targets of unjust, inexcusable and reprehensible acts by a small group of people. In addition to this, the recent thefts are hurtful, destructive and personal in nature.
Our team has held its head high with grace and dignity during these difficult times. We ask for the community’s support as we address these horrible actions that directly impact the mission of the organization and the people who passionately and tirelessly serve this community. Enough is enough. We need to stand together.
The loss from today’s robbery is estimated at more than $50,000. While most of these items are insured, the theft impacts the manner in which we carry out our mission over the next few weeks. We will continue our important services – as Team Wild Bird is prepared for any situation. Please call (305) 852-4486 if you find or see an injured bird. Our care continues.
Thank you for your kindness and support during this very difficult time,