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Opossums at CROW

Opossums at CROW

Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial, or pouched mammal, native to the United States. They are highly adaptable animals and can live in a variety of habitats, both natural and human made. Although it may not be obvious to some people, opossums are a unique member of Florida’s wildlife, playing an important role in the function of a healthy ecosystem. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial, or pouched mammal, native to the United States. They are highly adaptable animals and can live in a variety of habitats, both natural and human made. Although it may not be obvious to some people, opossums are a unique member of Florida’s wildlife, playing an important role in the function of a healthy ecosystem.

 

One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

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Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff (*Advance registration required)

Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff (*Advance registration required)

Southwest Florida is filled with fascinating wildlife, and CROW provides a unique opportunity to look into wildlife rehabilitation and meet the staff responsible for their care.

Southwest Florida is filled with fascinating wildlife, and CROW provides a unique opportunity to look into wildlife rehabilitation and meet the staff responsible for their care. Wildlife walks are the best opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth look into the inner workings of our hospital and the treatment process. The program has two parts: an introductory presentation covering our medical and rehabilitation methods and then a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on our rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks are approximately 1 and 1.5 hours: a 45-minute presentation with a 45-minute tour. This program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13.                                                                                                      

 

Photography opportunity available following tour with Animal Ambassador

 

*To register, contact: Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator at (239) 472-3644 or rrainbolt@crowclinic.org.

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Events in April

Speaker Series "The Feather Wars"
Speaker Series

Speaker Series "The Feather Wars"

A 50 year War was fought in South Florida 1870-1920 with unfathomable casualties. The world beyond South Florida was slow to recognize the one sided belligerency fought in the swamps and wetlands of the expansive Florida Everglades. Cracker settlers grabbed their shotguns and professional hunters and wealthy tourists eagerly joined exporters to form an army of profiteers. Initially, the opposition army was avian alone and could only scatter or fly away because their plumage was considered fashionable and was of greater monetary value than an equal weight of gold.

*Advance registration required

Presenter Jim Powers, Research Historian for Southwest Florida Museum of History 

A 50 year War was fought in South Florida 1870-1920 with unfathomable casualties. The world beyond South Florida was slow to recognize the one sided belligerency fought in the swamps and wetlands of the expansive Florida Everglades. Cracker settlers grabbed their shotguns and professional hunters and wealthy tourists eagerly joined exporters to form an army of profiteers. Initially, the opposition army was avian alone and could only scatter or fly away because their plumage was considered fashionable and was of greater monetary value than an equal weight of gold. 

About
Research Historian SWFL Museum of History, Ft Myers  BS- Univ. of Nebraska & Univ. of NC-Chapel Hill MS- Eastern Kentucky University Vietnam veteran: US Army paratroop and aviation commander  Retired Metropolitan Police Chief Alumnus News-Press Editorial Board, Fort Myers Author 
 
Speaker Series Admission:
$10 per adult
$5 per 13-17 year old (teen)
Free for children under 13
 
*To register, please contact:
Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator
239.472.3644, ext. 228

rrainbolt@crowclinic.org

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Lunch & Learn w/Dr. Barron, CROW’s Hospital Director
Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn w/Dr. Barron, CROW’s Hospital Director

*Advance registration required. Lunch and Learn is an engaging discussion with CROW's Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron. During this program, she describes our role in supporting the interconnectedness of human health, animal health and environmental health.

*Advance registration required

Lunch and Learn is an engaging discussion with CROW's Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron. During this program, she describes our role in supporting the interconnectedness of human health, animal health and environmental health. 

Reservations include a boxed lunch catered by the Sanibel Deli and concludes with a tour of CROW's hospital and rehabilitation grounds. 

• $30 per person
• Photography opportunity available following tour with    
  Animal Ambassador
• Closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and water recommended
 

*To register, contact: Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coord. at 239-472-3644 ext. 228 or rrainbolt@crowclinic.org.

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Speaker Series "Story of Ospreys"
Speaker Series

Speaker Series "Story of Ospreys"

Ospreys are large brown and white raptors who breed in southwest Florida from December through April and can be seen diving for live fish in shallow waters throughout the area. Because they build their nests right out in the open, their behavior is easy to observe, but not always easy to understand. This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.

 

*Advance registration required

Ospreys are large brown and white raptors who breed in southwest Florida from December through April and can be seen diving for live fish in shallow waters throughout the area. Because they build their nests right out in the open, their behavior is easy to observe, but not always easy to understand. This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior. 

About

Sanibel resident Claudia Burns has been a Nestwatch Volunteer for the International Osprey Foundation for more than 20 years. In the past she has partnered with Bird Westall to present the "Story of Ospreys" at both the "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and CROW.

Speaker Series Admission:
$10 per adult
$5 per 13-17 year old (teen)
Free for children under 13
 
*To register, please contact:
Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator
239.472.3644, ext. 228

 

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Speaker Series "Snakes of Sanibel & Captiva"
Speaker Series

Speaker Series "Snakes of Sanibel & Captiva"

Sanibel and Captiva islands are home to over a dozen native snakes (plus one exotic). Many rumors and hearsay about snakes can cause fear in people (sometimes resulting in unwarranted killing of snakes) and cloud the importance of the snake’s role in the ecosystem. This lecture will focus on identifying all of the snakes known from the islands, as well as correcting some common misconceptions about snakes. Chris will bring a few live examples of Florida snakes.

*Advance registration required

Sanibel and Captiva islands are home to over a dozen native snakes (plus one exotic). Many rumors and hearsay about snakes can cause fear in people (sometimes resulting in unwarranted killing of snakes) and cloud the importance of the snake’s role in the ecosystem. This lecture will focus on identifying all of the snakes known from the islands, as well as correcting some common misconceptions about snakes. Chris will bring a few live examples of Florida snakes.

About
Chris Lechowicz grew up with a passion for amphibians and reptiles which led him into a career in biology. Chris is the Director of the Wildlife & Habitat Management Program and staff herpetologist at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation where he has worked for the last 14 years.  His current research projects on the islands involve eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi), diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin), and Florida box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) in Pine Island Sound. Chris is also the coauthor of the book Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel & Captiva Islands: A Natural History.
 
Speaker Series Admission:
$10 per adult
$5 per 13-17 year old (teen)
Free for children under 13
 
*To register, please contact:
Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator
239.472.3644, ext. 228

 

 

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Lunch & Learn w/Dr. Barron, CROW’s Hospital Director
Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn w/Dr. Barron, CROW’s Hospital Director

*Advance registration required. Lunch and Learn is an engaging discussion with CROW's Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron. During this program, she describes our role in supporting the interconnectedness of human health, animal health and environmental health.

*Advance registration required

Lunch and Learn is an engaging discussion with CROW's Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron. During this program, she describes our role in supporting the interconnectedness of human health, animal health and environmental health. 

Reservations include a boxed lunch catered by the Sanibel Deli and concludes with a tour of CROW's hospital and rehabilitation grounds. 

• $30 per person
• Photography opportunity available following tour with    
  Animal Ambassador
• Closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and water recommended

  

*To register, contact: Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coord. at 239-472-3644 ext. 228 or rrainbolt@crowclinic.org.

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Opossums at CROW
Daily Presentation

Opossums at CROW

Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial, or pouched mammal, native to the United States. They are highly adaptable animals and can live in a variety of habitats, both natural and human made. Although it may not be obvious to some people, opossums are a unique member of Florida’s wildlife, playing an important role in the function of a healthy ecosystem. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial, or pouched mammal, native to the United States. They are highly adaptable animals and can live in a variety of habitats, both natural and human made. Although it may not be obvious to some people, opossums are a unique member of Florida’s wildlife, playing an important role in the function of a healthy ecosystem.

 

One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

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Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff (*Advance registration required)
Wildlife Walk

Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff (*Advance registration required)

Southwest Florida is filled with fascinating wildlife, and CROW provides a unique opportunity to look into wildlife rehabilitation and meet the staff responsible for their care.

Southwest Florida is filled with fascinating wildlife, and CROW provides a unique opportunity to look into wildlife rehabilitation and meet the staff responsible for their care. Wildlife walks are the best opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth look into the inner workings of our hospital and the treatment process. The program has two parts: an introductory presentation covering our medical and rehabilitation methods and then a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on our rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks are approximately 1 and 1.5 hours: a 45-minute presentation with a 45-minute tour. This program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13.                                                                                                      

 

Photography opportunity available following tour with Animal Ambassador

 

*To register, contact: Rachel Rainbolt, Education Coordinator at (239) 472-3644 or rrainbolt@crowclinic.org.

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Wildlife Rescue 101
Daily Presentation

Wildlife Rescue 101

After a patient stabilizes in the hospital, CROW’s rehabilitation staff provides them with a combination of balanced diet, husbandry and physical therapy. Supportive care is necessary to ensure success during the final stage in the rehabilitation process, so come ask our staff how they work their magic. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

After a patient stabilizes in the hospital, CROW’s rehabilitation staff provides them with a combination of balanced diet, husbandry and physical therapy. Supportive care is necessary to ensure success during the final stage in the rehabilitation process, so come ask our staff how they work their magic.

 

One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

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Birds of Prey presented by CROW Staff
Daily Presentation

Birds of Prey presented by CROW Staff

Raptors are birds that prey on other animals in the wild to survive. Their specialized beaks and talons make them some of the most effective hunters. This presentation discusses the unique adaptations of the native and migratory raptors of Florida. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

Raptors are birds that prey on other animals in the wild to survive. Their specialized beaks and talons make them some of the most effective hunters. This presentation discusses the unique adaptations of the native and migratory raptors of Florida.

 

One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

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