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By Staff | Oct 10, 2018

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of October, mention this article and offer code SEA TURTLE to receive 10 percent off of general admission to the Visitor Education Center; Wildlife Walk hospital tours are not included.

TODAY, OCT. 10

– Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on the rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks take between one and two hours; a 45-minute presentation and a 45-minute tour. The program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Cost is $25 per person. Photography opportunity available following tour with Animal Ambassador. Advanced registration required; to register, contact David Waszmer at 239-472-3644 or dwaszmer@crowclinic.org.

– Patient Profiles: Birds of Prey at 11 a.m.

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. The presentation discusses the unique adaptations of the native and migratory raptors of Florida. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11

– Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on the rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks take between one and two hours; a 45-minute presentation and a 45-minute tour. The program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Cost is $25 per person. Photography opportunity available following tour with Animal Ambassador. Advanced registration required; to register, contact David Waszmer at 239-472-3644 or dwaszmer@crowclinic.org.

– Patient Profiles: Gopher Tortoises at 11 a.m.

The life of a gopher tortoise revolves around its burrow. The tortoises are found digging from southern Georgia to Southeast Florida. Because of its contributions to the ecosystem, it is classified as a “Keystone Species.” Come listen as CROW’s presenter describes why they are admitted how the medical staff treats this species. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12

– Wildlife Walk with Rehabilitators and Staff from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital, concluding on the rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks take between one and two hours; a 45-minute presentation and a 45-minute tour. The program is open to all, but it is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Cost is $25 per person. Photography opportunity available following tour with Animal Ambassador. Advanced registration required; to register, contact David Waszmer at 239-472-3644 or dwaszmer@crowclinic.org.

– Patient Profiles: Snakes of Southwest Florida at 11 a.m.

Florida is home to 46 species of native snakes, only six of which are venomous. Although there is a widespread fear and misunderstanding of the animal, most species are harmless to humans and form vital links in the ecosystem. Snakes are extremely valuable because they are efficient at monitoring pest populations without relying on chemical pesticides which can degrade the environment and harm other animal species. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

MONDAY, OCT. 15

– CROW Case of the Week at 11 a.m.

CROW’s teaching hospital offers externship, fellowship and internship opportunities for natural science and veterinary medicine students. While on site, students learn the ins and outs of conservation medicine and wildlife rehabilitation and are excited to share their favorite patient stories. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16

– Wildlife Rescue 101 at 11 a.m.

Have you ever come across wildlife in “distress” but did not know the appropriate steps to help? Florida is home to over 700 terrestrial animals and other invertebrates, which all depend on sustainable recreational practices to survive. From posturing to vocalizations, animals communicate in a variety of ways and, at times, indicate their need for human assistance. Whether it is deterring visitors from feeding birds on the beach or detaching a pelican from fishing line in the mangroves, the program will cover wildlife rescue assessment, as well as handling techniques. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7.