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The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center of the Miami Science Museum is a facility dedicated to the rehabilitation, and release of raptors.  We specialize in raptors that are either native to Florida and/or migrate through Florida.  Examples include eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, osprey and vultures. Under our wildlife rehabilitation licenses from both the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Services we can only  accept and rehabilitate wildlife native to or know to migrate through Florida.  Our rehabilitation Center and Clinic cannot accept any non-native, exotic or introduced species, domestic animals or pets.

If you have found an injured seabird, contact Pelican Harbor Seabird Station as they have the specialized facilities to care for injured seabirds.  They are located at 1279 Northeast 79th Street Miami, FL 33138-4206 (305) 751-9840.

There are other local rehabilitation facilities and centers that will accept native and non-native wildlife.  You can access a list of these facilities at  Some excellent information on what to do if you have found a wild animal is also available at  We can also offer some advice via telephone in these cases.  If you are unsure of what animal you have or what you should do, please call our hotline at 305-322-8887 before you bring the animal to the museum.  Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can as our staff may be busy tending to the injured birds we have in the hospital.

Generally if you find a baby animal it is best to leave it alone. Often the animal is not orphaned, and the parent may be out getting food for the animal, or watching the baby. Never pick up baby animals and remove them from their natural environment!  .  If you are calling after hours please visit our webpage for instructions on how to care for the animal until it can be brought to our facility or another rehabilitation facility. 

For further information, please contact the Center at (305) 646-4244 or send email to

What to do if you find a baby bird: Click Here

Unusual Ambassador: The Batchelor Falcon Bird of Prey Center at the Miami Science Museum is rehabilitating a rare visitor to the Florida skies. An injured short eared owl will be staying here for the next several weeks as it is returned to health before releasing it back to the wild. The short eared owl is an occasional visitor to Florida, but currently there are no known colonies of this majestic animal existing in the state.

Reptile Day 2011 - November 5th, 2011

The Miami Science Museum combines two of its most well known events, Snake Day and Lizard Day, to bring you Reptile Day! Proud owners show off their pet reptiles and compete for prizes in a competition with categories such as: The Largest, Best of Show, Most Unusual, People's Pick and Junior Herpetologist. In addition to the pet reptile competition, guests will also enjoy a sampling of Insect Cuisine freshly prepared by a professional chef.

For more information: Click Here

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