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 the Bird Center’s Executive Director: fundraising, coordinating community outreach programs, and speaking with donors about ways they can help “Keep Them Flying”.
“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.
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