As the Executive Director, Rob reports to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center Board of Directors. Rob is a life-long resident of Key Largo where he lives with his wife and daughter. He has managed several local hotels and has served as a Board member at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. Now his focus is to lead the charge of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild and migratory birds of the Florida Keys .
Jordan Budnik and her rescue parrot Nikki moved to the Florida Keys after accepting a job with FKWBC in May 2017. Jordan comes from a mixed background with organizations including Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE). She now works as part of the Center’s administrative team: fundraising, facilitating education programs, and implementing community engagement initiatives.
“Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, I was always drawn to wildlife. It was while attending Lees-McRae College in North Carolina and working at a rehabilitation center on campus that I discovered my passion for avian care. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology as well as Wildlife Biology, with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation. After working at a local wildlife center and a conservation center, I decided that wildlife rehab was the path for me & the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center was a perfect fit. I was offered the position of Wildlife Hospital Technician in March of 2017 and have since advanced to Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager. I am thankful to be a part of Team Wild Bird.”
Tony was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and moved to the U.S. in 1978. Tony worked as a painter and worked on large scale construction projects. He also is an accomplished percussionist and works as a DJ on his off days. Tony works to keep the Sanctuary in top shape along with assisting our team in caring for our permanent residents.
Emily is originally from Philadelphia and attended college in New Jersey where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Emily has worked with birds in conservation centers and zoos and started as an intern with our wild bird center where she has worked her way up to the rehab team.
Emma grew up in New Jersey and recently graduated from Juniata College with a degree in Wildlife Conservation. She’s loved animals her whole life but developed her passion for working with wildlife–particularly birds– when she did a summer internship at The Raptor Trust (a wild bird rehabilitation center and sanctuary) in New Jersey. This past summer Emma completed the Hospital internship here at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center and was so excited to join the team permanently. One of her favorite parts about living in the Keys is the opportunity to take photographs of all the amazing wildlife and the fantastic sunsets!
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