Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Where: 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road Sanibel, FL 33957
Contact: (239) 472-3644 or email email@example.com
Saving Wildlife Through Care, Education, and Collaboration
Over the summer one day while getting ready to head out to the Sanibel Causeway, I found what appeared to be a young woodpecker in the backyard. It was injured and sort of hopping around, it didn't seem able to fly. The solid privacy fences had it stuck in a corner. I just thought how terrified it must be, hurt and stuck in the corner of two big walls.
Who do you call for something like this??
I remember hearing about CROW - Center for Rehabilitation Of Wildlife on Sanibel Island. On a Sunday I was able to get someone on the phone and told them what we had, they told us to bring him or her in! We gently captured the injured bird, gave it some water and tried to feed it bread. Got the truck packed up and headed out.
As we crossed the causeway we passed by our normal Sunday spot and headed deeper onto the island of Sanibel itself. It was a clear day and the weather was warm with just a slight breeze. Perfect beach weather. We made our way deep into the heart of the Island and saw the entrance to CROW's facility.
What a beautiful place and such nice people. In addition to being the only licensed sea turtle facility between Sarasota and Miami, CROW cares for almost all types of native wildlife. They took the bird and THANKED us for bringing it in.
I hope that woodpecker is out there peckin' away at some rotted bark, getting all kinds of good bugs!
CROW has a regular schedule of fun and educational events that cover everything from Do's and Dont of Baby Animals, individual species like the Gopher Tortoise, treatment methods of various types of wildlife, history of the facility and more! Check out the full schedule of events at http://crowclinic.org/events-programs/
If you want to read up in advance on what to do if you find injured wildlife there is great info on the "Found an Animal" page http://crowclinic.org/wildlife-clinic/found-an-animal/ or CALL 239-472-3744 ext. 222
You can also follow the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Facebook where they will post updates, share pictures and events.