Every spring when we go to Sanibel Island we check out different places. We love the shell museum, nature center, etc. But I always seemt to miss the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). That's because they are closed on Monday and we must always be ready to go that day. This year was different, we got to visit the place. Yay!
CROW is a small place, but it's neat! It is a wonderful little educational facility that teaches the public about living in harmony with wildlife. We arrived just in time to catch a presentation on owls. It was informative and we enjoyed it. Then they brought in "Big Momma," a gopher tortoise that has been injured and they are helping. The kids got to see and learn about her.
After that we walked around the facility. There are wonderful nature quotes on the wall, stories of animals that have been brought into the center, and learning exhibits. They have several hands-on learning exhibits that the kids really liked. One shows x-rays of animals that have been brought in. Another shows how pelicans are damaged by fishing line/hooks. Others give them the chance to match up wildlife animals with their habitat and characteristics. We all learned more about the importance of living in harmony with wildlife.
They also have a nice gift shop there, selling various nature inspired goods, including books, knick-knacks, shirts, etc.
At the time of this blog post the fee to visit this center is $5 per adult and children are free. We felt it was worth the fee, which helps to support their great program, and we learned a lot, too! This center treats over 3,300 wild animals per year. What a wonderful place! They are truly part of the solution. If you are in the area you should plan to stop in.
You can visit the CROW Website here. Here are some pictures from our visit to CROW on Sanibel Island:
(Above: My kids with Big Momma and an environmental educator from CROW).