CROW to host Walk on the Wild Side in Fort Myers
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife will host a free community event in Fort Myers this weekend to raise awareness about the non-profit and continue the celebration of its 50th anniversary.
Walk on the Wild Side will take place on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park. Development and Education Coordinator Rachel Rainbolt explained that it will feature information on CROW and area wildlife, presentations, Animal Ambassador visits, upcycling projects and more.
The event has been held before, with the last one occurring a couple of years ago.
“But this will be the first year that it will be offered off-island,” Rainbolt said.
She noted that only about 20 percent of CROW’s intake patients come from Sanibel and Captiva.
“The bulk of what we take care of comes from the surrounding communities,” she said.
CROW usually accepts sick and injured animals from North Fort Myers, west to Lehigh Acres, Pine Island, and south to Estero and Bonita Springs. With holding the event off-island, CROW hopes to raise public awareness about itself, the services it provides and wildlife, as well as mark its milestone year.
Admission and the activities are free, but there are fees for city parking.
One activity will be a one-quarter-mile loop around the park.
“That will feature difference facts about marine and migratory wildlife,” Rainbolt said.
Attendees can pick up a questionnaire at the CROW tent to fill out with answers from the loop. Completed questionnaires can be turned in for entry into a raffle to win a basket filled with items, valued at about $100. It includes CROW swag, stuffed animals, decorated sea shells and more.
Attendees can also pick up a free 50th anniversary tote bag, while supplies last.
“We will offer presentations while we’re there,” she said.
Taking place at the amphitheater, the following are scheduled:
- Wildlife Rescue 101 with Ron Frazer at 10:30 a.m.
- Turtles of Florida with Joran Donini at 11 a.m.
- Owls of Florida with Breanna Frankel at 11:30 a.m.
- Wildlife Rescue 101 with Ron Frazer at noon
There will also be three pavilions set up with activities and information on different kinds of local wildlife: Tortoises vs. Turtles, White Pelicans vs. Brown Pelicans, and Florida’s Furry Friends.
“These are animals the guests would encounter,” Rainbolt said.
The activities range from the opportunity to make upcycled DIY crafts, such as planters, T-shirts and bracelets, to wildlife yoga and an obstacle course. A few of CROW’s live Animal Ambassadors will be on hand, including Mina the great horned owl, Shelldon the gopher tortoise and Bashful the opossum.
“We’ll have animals there for the guests to meet,” she said.
CROW’s tent will offer information on volunteering, CROW’s student programs and more.
Rainbolt noted that donation boxes will be set up for those who would like to donate.
“But the idea is for this to be a ‘friend-raiser,'” she said of the event.
CROW seeks to encourage visitors and residents to have healthy sustainable relationships with the local wildlife, helping to conserve the environment and protect the species for future generations.
“We’re doing more long-term community investment,” Rainbolt said.
For more information about CROW, call 239-472-3644 or visit www.CROWClinic.org.
Lakes Regional Park is at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.
CROW is at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.