Chamber members learn of healing, care at CROW
The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held its monthly networking luncheon on May 14 at the newly renovated Old Captiva House at the ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva.
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey was the guest speaker. She was joined by Development and Education Manger Rachel Rainbolt, who showed guests Lola, an American Kestrel that is a CROW Animal Ambassador.
While release of wildlife is the ultimate goal at CROW, there are five former patients that cannot be discharged and have become ambassadors to help humans gain an appreciation for local wildlife. CROW sees approximately 4,000 patients of 150-plus different species each year. There are three main reasons patients are admitted: sick, orphaned or injured.
Hussey explained that CROW is also a teaching hospital with 50 students annually. Its stellar reputation has attracted students from a vast number of veterinary schools throughout the country and internationally. CROW’s fully-equipped 4,800 square-foot state-of-the-art facility provides the medical and rehabilitative treatment necessary to care for native and migratory species.
CROW also offers an educational experience for its visitors at the Visitor Education Center, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. Guests learn about CROW’s history and day-to-day operations through displays, interactive exhibits and videos. There are daily Wonders of Wildlife presentations and guided Wildlife Walks through the hospital; patients are not on exhibit.
“We appreciate Alison being our guest speaker this month,” Chamber President John Lai said. “She provided great insight into CROW, a unique organization on our island that takes amazing care of our precious wildlife.”
The luncheon was sponsored by Captiva Island Massage & Wellness.
The next one will be held on June 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Malia Island Fusion Cuisine,at 1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel, with BIG ARTS Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder as the guest speaker.