Pair of Ospreys, courtesy of The International Osprey Foundation
Pair of Ospreys, courtesy of The International Osprey Foundation

Anyone who is curious about those large brown and white birds that nest high up and make a lot of noise should visit Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Visitor Education Center, 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 for “The Story of Ospreys.”

Ospreys breed in Southwest Florida from December through April.  Their behavior is easily observed – and often entertaining – because they build their nests in the open. However, it’s not always easy to understand.

Presenter Claudia Burns, who has monitored osprey nests for 25-plus years as an International Osprey Foundation volunteer, uses photos, videos, recorded vocalizations and humor to explain osprey behavior. The presentation is dedicated to Mark “Bird” Westall, founder of The International Osprey Foundation, who recently lost his battle with ALS.

Prior to the presentation, visitors may explore the Visitor Education Center, which exhibits CROW’s commitment to save wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine. Reservations are recommended, with admission of $10 for adults, $5 for teens, free for children under 13.

For reservations or more information, call 239-472-3644, ext. 229, or email info@crowclinic.org. To learn more about CROW, visit www.crowclinic.org.