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The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of
Wildlife (CROW) has specialty pro-
grams available for residents and
visitors. Meet the staff and learn what it
takes to rescue, rehabilitate and release
wildlife in Southwest Florida.
For reservations, contact Rachel
Rainbolt at firstname.lastname@example.org or
472-3644 ext. 228 to register. Hours
are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.; closed weekends. CROW is
located at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road.
Friday, August 21 and Monday,
August 24, 11 a.m., $7 included with
admission – Wild About Rehabilitation,
presented by CROW staff.
After a patient stabilizes in the hospi-
tal, CROW’s rehabilitation staff provides
them with a combination of balanced
diet, husbandry and physical therapy.
This supportive care is necessary to
ensure success during the final step in
the rehabilitation process. Ask the staff
how they work their magic.
Tuesday, August 25, 11 a.m.,
$5 included with admission – Patient
Profiles: Birds of Prey, presented by
Raptors are predators whose spe-
cialized beaks and talons make them
some of the most effective hunters,
and Florida is home to both native and
migratory species. Learn more about
these majestic birds and how their
injuries or illnesses are treated at the
Wednesday, August 26, 11 a.m.,
$7 included with admission – CROW
Case of the Week, presented by a
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 reha-
bilitation, and share their favorite patient
Thursday, August 27, 11 a.m.,
$7 included with admission – Patient
Profiles: Gopher Tortoises, presented by
a CROW volunteer.
The life of a gopher tortoise revolves
around its burrow. These tortoises are
found digging from southern Georgia to
southeast Florida. Because of its contri-
butions to the ecosystem, it is classified
as a “Keystone Species.” CROW’s pre-
senter will explain why they are admit-
ted how the medical staff treats this
Friday, August 28, 11 a.m., $7
included with admission – Why Animals
Come to CROW, presented by a CROW
CROW hospital treats over 3,500
patients a year, but not all of the ani-
mals admitted need assistance. Facilities
like CROW should be an animal’s last
resort, not their first. This presenta-
tion uses past case studies, rescues and
releases to teach you about safe interac-
tions with wildlife in the community.
Friday, August 28, 2 p.m.,
$20 per person, advance registra-
tion required – Wildlife Walk with
Rehabilitators and Staff.
Southwest Florida is filled with fasci-
nating wildlife, and CROW provides a
unique opportunity to look into wildlife
rehabilitation and meet the staff respon-
sible for their care. Wildlife walks are
the best opportunity for visitors to get
an in-depth look into the inner work-
ings of the hospital and the treatment
process. The program has two parts:
an introductory presentation covering
medical and rehabilitation methods and
then a guided tour through treatment
areas of the hospital, concluding on the
rehabilitation grounds. Wildlife Walks
are approximately 1.5 hours: a 45-min-
ute presentation with a 45-minute tour.
This program is open to all, but it is not
recommended for children under the
age of 13.
An Amazing Week
At Sanibel Sea School
submitted by Leah Biery
The topic of camp last week at Sanibel Sea School was the sea hare, a mag-
nificent animal that should not be confused with the sea hair you get after
swimming in the gulf. Sea hares are gastropod mollusks (like whelks and
conchs), but their shell is hidden inside their body. Often found swimming gracefully
through Sanibel’s waters, these spotted slugs have sensory organs that resemble a
rabbit’s floppy ears and spend most of their time grazing on red algae.
In celebration of sea hares, our campers snorkeled in search of them, explored
their spawning habitat at Bunche Beach, and made a giant slip and slide on the
beach so they could feel what it’s like to be a slippery sea slug.
Sea hares also produce a fragrant purple ink that inactivates the senses of their
predators, so we posted our own purple warning signs around the school, tie-dyed
T-shirts in shades of purple, and experienced sensory inactivation for ourselves dur-
ing an experiment with miracle fruit and lemons.
We ended the week with our traditional surfboard paddling race and Friday after-
noon cookout, but this week we ate our burgers with a side of sea hare egg strings
(or green spaghetti, depending on who you ask). We think our campers would agree
that it was our best and slimiest week yet!
Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)3 marine conservation nonprofit whose mission
is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. For more information, visit
Campers snorkel for sea hares at Sanibel Sea School
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