Hello, I am Justin Matthews, Master Falconer and Wildlife Rehabilitator
I Was born in Manatee county. From a very young age I had an interest in anything wild. I was always bringing home snakes, lizards, frogs, etc. and I kept them for a while and then let them go. I have 2 brothers and a sister. I was always reading about reptiles and other wildlife, so at a very young age I was fairly knowledgeable. At the age of 13 I was doing wildlife presentations at my middle school. At 15 I started volunteering at a wildlife rehab center. That is where I met Tom Muholland, a licensed master falconer. He spent a lot of time with me teaching me all he knew about falconry. At the age of 16 I got my permit and have been a falconer ever since. I am now a master falconer. My presentations lasted thru high school. Ever since then I have been a wildlife rehabilitator and educator, forming Matthews Wildlife Rescue in 2000. I have become very well known throughout the state. I had done wildlife presentations for 4 years at Mixon Fruit Farms and now am involved with Linger Lodge in Bradenton, FL. I now have a master falconer permit, as well as permits for conditional, poisonous reptiles, alligator, permits for mammals and wildlife educational permits.
Even though we do rescue wildlife and rehab, we firmly believe that you save more animals through education, and we educate by conducting up-close presentations at birthday parties, special events, schools and where ever we are requested to go. Linger Lodge will be a valuable attraction for people to learn. We of course do charge a fee for presentations and we accept donations and offer animal adoptions to help feed the animals. We provide rescues at no charge. We offer a thrilling falconry presentation called “a hawk for the bush”. This is where you can actually go on a falconry demo in Florida woods and watch a falconer’s trained bird hunt his natural prey.
If you have a Wildlife Rescue or have a question concerning wildlife just contact us. We offer wildlife presentations for parties and special events. For more info call – 941-822-3272.