Opening in 2017, Frost Science’s Batchelor Environmental Center will be a 75,000-square-foot facility located at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami. The new facility will house several of Frost Science’s most crucial animal-focused operations, including our state-of-the-art raptor rehabilitation program; animal husbandry for hundreds of creatures seen in our exhibits downtown; a 150,000-gallon aquarium system to nurture and quarantine fish before we place them in the downtown exhibits; and our MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) program.
Once complete, the wing-shaped building, which is oriented to capture prevailing breezes for cooling, will incorporate an aviary for the continued operations of the Batchelor Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Center, classrooms and laboratories. The space will divide into two areas, with a veterinary clinic and surgery room on one side and classrooms on the other.
Since 1991, the Batchelor Wildlife Center (currently located in our Coconut Grove site) has been rehabilitating injured raptors such as peregrine falcons, Cooper’s hawks and screech owls, either releasing them back into the wild if they are fit to survive, or utilizing them in our education programs. The center takes in as many as 700 birds a year, and releases 40 percent of the raptors it sees—many of these rare raptors migrate to Central and South America and Canada, giving us a global impact on biodiversity.
The raptor rehab area at the new Environmental Center will upgrade our ability to help these beautiful animals. Notable assets include “positive” airflow to maintain an ultra-hygienic environment for the birds, special ICU cages, a comprehensive animal pharmacy and cutting-edge X-ray equipment sensitive enough to read soft tissue and delicate bird bones. The new space will also improve the staff’s ability to conduct physical rehab, including using play objects such as snake skins and pumpkins, range-of-motion work, and eventually flight testing, so we can release the birds back into the wild.
The Batchelor Environmental Center allows us to have a leading-edge aquatic quarantine and holding center for the new museum. The 150,000-gallon aquarium system divides into several vessels, some for sharks and pelagic fish, others for reef fish, and others for sea turtle rescue. This section of the building will also house our coral culture system, where we grow corals for our exhibits.
MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment)
The Batchelor Environmental Center will be MUVE’s base of operations. MUVE, which organizes citizens to get out, get their hands dirty, and restore coastal habitats, is working to improve the Environmental Center’s site, as well as the surrounding area of Oleta River State Park, by removing invasive plants and planting native vegetation such as mangrove and hardwood hammock species.
Museum Volunteers for the Environment, or MUVE, is the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum's volunteer-led coastal habitat restoration and monitoring project.
Although the museum is currently closed to the public, the Batchelor Wildlife Center accepts injured wildlife from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Call our hotline at 305-322-8887 for assistance.
Our Generous Sponsor
The Batchelor Foundation