Peace River Wildlife Center

3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway | Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 | 941-637-3830

A Non Profit Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center

Open to the public for tours from 11a – 4p | Accepting wildlife patient intakes from 8a – 5p
Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 day a year (including holidays)


Injured, Sick & Orphaned  Florida Native Wildlife


and Release back into their Natural Wild Habitats


The Public by offering Outreach Speaking Presentations at Schools and Events.

Bald eagle breeding season

The bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States since 1782.  It is North America’s second largest bird of prey—only the California condor is larger.  With bald eagle breeding season well under way here in Southwest Florida, let’s take a closer look at...

Blessing or curse?

A long time ago in a land far away, I was cursed by an evil witch. My best friend, Karen, used to babysit the child of a family friend and offered me the job one night when she had a date. It was the first time I had ever met the lady, and I'm pretty sure she knew...

Snowbirds and snow birds

This week at Peace River Wildlife Center has been a busy one.  The snowbirds are returning (yay!), and the snow birds are also back (yay and boo.)  While we love to have our seasonal volunteers return to help around PRWC, we are sad to see so many migrating birds...

Don’t judge me by my search history

Necessity is the mother of invention, but I have a feeling the Internet is the granddaddy of the unintended consequences.  It makes me nervous to think that if I were to die under dubious circumstances that triggered a forensic investigation, I would not come out...

Can ‘coon

No, this isn’t yet another column about my travel exploits.  This week Peace River Wildlife Center admitted a raccoon in a pretty precarious position. While emptying recycle bins in the Punta Gorda Isles neighborhood, the sanitation engineers made a startling...

“Everytime I go home to visit my mother, I try to go and see Luna and her friends. The best trip was when I visited with my granddaughter. She loved visiting Luna and, of course, she just had to have the stuffed animal from the gift shop!”

Ann P.

“This is a wonderful wildlife rescue center. There are many different types of birds (I lost count of how the number of species) and a few other species (opossum, tortoise). The staff and volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The facility is very clean and well organized. There is a fun gift shop with a large selection of clothing, books, jewelry, mugs, etc. They accept donations, but there is no admission fee.”

Ralph B.

“A nice inexpensive way to pass an afternoon. Many Florida birds being rehabilitated in a clean and comfortable location. Staff was informative and nice and there are informational signs near all of the wildlife.”


“I’ve visited PRWC since I was about 6 and I’ve loved getting to know some of the long time feathered resident rescues. The volunteers & staff are incredible, loving people who take great care of the animals and connect to the public with really interesting bits of knowledge. They have a great sample of Florida’s beloved bird population, including Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbill, a talking crow, a rare white Screech Owl, and Mooch, the loitering former resident.”

Amy C.