Maitland is known as the birthplace of the Florida Audubon Society. It is also known for it’s wonderful rehabilitation center, started here in 1979.
Since its founding, the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey has treated over 12,000 injured or orphaned birds of prey (raptors), releasing more than 40% of these former patients back into the wild. The Center handles the largest volume of eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, and kites east of the Mississippi River–averaging more than 650 admissions, or injured or orphaned birds of prey, each year—and is a leader among all North American rehabilitation centers for specialized eagle care.
The Center also provides environmental education programming to over 20,000 local students, teachers, and visitors annually, while promoting a culture of conservation towards birds of prey and their habitats. A nationally renowned research institute, the Center is an influential voice in the ongoing fight to save endangered and threatened birds of prey.
The center is just a short stroll from Thurston House, a north Orlando bed & breakfast accommodation. Staying at Thurston House, one could imagine being in a mini-raptor center. While rocking on the wraparound porch, or swinging in the upstairs porch hammock, one can see everything from owls to osprey to hawks and more. They live peacefully amid our wooded 8 acres overlooking Lake Eulalia. Sharing their location are many other types of birds such as cardinals, sparrows, woodpeckers and tiny timouse, to name just a few. A stroll around the lovely streets of Maitland will bring you to several lakes, home to a variety of ducks and geese. Book your room, pack your binoculars, and come enjoy our little bit of paradise in Central Florida, Maitland.