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By Staff | Dec 26, 2018

(Editor’s note: The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s Visitor Education Center will be closed on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. It will reopen on Jan. 2 at 10 a.m.)

TODAY, DEC. 26

– 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 the Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext. 229 or reservations@crowclinic.org.

– 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.

THURSDAY, DEC. 27

– 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 the Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext. 229 or reservations@crowclinic.org.

– Patient Profiles: Owls of Southwest Florida 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, specifically the five species of nocturnal hunters known as owls. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7. One of CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be present.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28

– 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 the Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext. 229 or reservations@crowclinic.org.

– Why Animals Come to CROW at 11 a.m.

Do you wonder how and why animals become patients at CROW? Whether animals are sick, injured or orphaned, CROW aims to lead in their recovery. From fishing line entanglement to abducted babies, the presentation will address the most likely reasons patients are admitted to the hospital. Adults are $12; ages 4-12 are $7.

MONDAY, DEC. 29

– 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.

– Speaker Series: “The Story of Ospreys” from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

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. Claudia Burns, a Nestwatch volunteer for the International Osprey Foundation for over 20 years, will lead the presentation using photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior. Adults are $10; ages 13-17 are $5. Advanced registration recommended; to register, contact the Visitor Education Center at 239-472-3644 ext. 229 or reservations@crowclinic.org.