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‘Walk On The Wild Side’ returning on Feb. 20

By Staff | Feb 4, 2009

Forty challenging naturalist questions and bird ID stations will greet you as you join C.R.O.W. for our Sixth Annual “Walk On The Wild Side” gathering, set for Friday, Feb. 20 along Wildlife Drive in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The entry fee of $30 per person (including children 12 and older) or $50 per couple includes admission to the Walk and Wildlife Drive (closed to the public and all vehicles for this event), a free 2009 event T-shirt (except children at no charge), a pick-up lunch, cookies from Bank of the Islands, bottled water, an Ikki Matsumoto print and a ticket for a free same day entry to the new C.R.O.W. Visitor Education Center.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and no late starts will be allowed after 9 a.m. The 3 and 1/2 mile walking course will challenge your naturalist knowledge, allow you to test yourself against answers validated by “Ding” Refuge staff or other recognized sources. C.R.O.W., J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Bank of the Islands are sponsors of this year’s Walk.

“C.R.O.W. relies exclusively on private donations to operate, and it is events such as the ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ that not only help raise necessary annual operating support for C.R.O.W. but also encompass C.R.O.W.’s dual mission of helping wildlife and educating people about peaceful co-existence with our wildlife neighbors,” said Anita Pinder, Acting Director of Development. “There is no better way to visit the ‘Ding’ Darling Refuge (without cars, trams and bikes) than to join C.R.O.W. for this delightfully fun and educational ‘Walk’ along Wildlife Drive to benefit C.R.O.W.”

The Feb. 20 event is open to the public, but advance reservations are requested. For more information about the event or to register for the event with a Master Card or Visa, call 472-6667. You may also mail your check to C.R.O.W., Attention: “WALK,” P.O. Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.