"Ding" Darling’s Wildlife Drive is closed on Fridays, so the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has devised a special weekly presentation to help fill the gap.
The CROW Picture Show offers an insider’s look at why critters come to CROW, and features photos of the wild animals who wind up there.
Last year, southwest Florida’s only wildlife hospital cared for 4,111 sick, injured, or orphaned animals. Of the more than 200 different species, 54 percent were birds, 38 percent were mammals, and 8 percent were reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates.
Due to restrictions imposed by governmental agencies, CROW cannot allow visitors to view patients in person. But now the clinic offers the next best thing – a 30-minute presentation showing photos of current and past patients, with commentary by Claudia Burns, a veteran clinic volunteer.
The CROW Picture Show is presented each Friday at 11 a.m. in the CROW Healing Winds Visitor Education Center at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, across from The Sanibel School.
Members are admitted free. Non-member adults pay $5, teens are $3, and children 12 and under are free. Admission includes the presentation, plus the opportunity to explore CROW’s hands-on educational facility and become familiar with their efforts to save wildlife through compassion, care and education.
For more information, call 472-3644 ext. 231. To learn more about CROW, visit www.crowclinic.org'>www.crowclinic.org. Claudia Burns