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CROW open to visitors during holiday weekend

By Staff | Aug 14, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Visitors can learn about “Birds of Prey” at the 11 a.m. presentation at CROW on Aug. 31.

In honor of the Labor Day weekend, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s AWC Visitor Education Center will be open on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daily presentations will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for visitors to engage with a staff member or student while learning more about the patients admitted to CROW’s wildlife hospital. Presentations last approximately 45 minutes and topics will include “Birds of Prey” at 11 a.m. and “Snakes of Southwest Florida” at 2 p.m. Presentations are included with general admission – $12 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under.

“Labor Day weekend is a busy time for the island and we wanted to give folks an opportunity to visit and learn about CROW,” Executive Director Alison Charney Husse said. “We have even added a couple extra tours.”

The “Wildlife Walk” guided hospital tours will be offered following both presentations. The guided tours take visitors behind-the-scenes for a look at the CROW staff in action. Tours focus on the rehabilitation process from admission to release, along with providing information about CROW’s history and student programs. Due to limited space, advanced registration is required. “Wildlife Walk” tours are $25 per person and include general admission to the center.

CROW’s AWC Visitor Education Center will be closed on Sept. 2 for Labor Day and will remain closed throughout the following week to attend to some fall cleaning. It will reopen on Sept. 9.

PHOTO PROVIDED The 2 p.m. presentation on Aug. 31 will focus on “Snakes of Southwest Florida.”

“This will give us a chance to do a deep cleaning of the animal exhibits and keep everything in good working order,” Hussey said. “Of course, our wildlife hospital will remain open to receive any wildlife emergencies.”

CROW’s wildlife hospital is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to admit new patients. If you find an injured, sick or orphaned wild animal, call 239-472-3644 ext. 222. For after-hours emergencies, visit www.CROWClinic.org/found-animal for a list of drop-off locations.