In honor of the Labor Day weekend, The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) AWC Visitor Education Center will be open on Saturday, August 31 from 10am to 4pm.
Daily presentations will be offered at 11am and 2pm 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 11am and ‘Snakes of Southwest Florida’ at 2pm. Presentations are included with general admission, $12 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for those 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,” says Alison Charney Hussey, executive director for CROW. “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’ guided hospital tours are $25 per person and include general admission to the Center.
CROW’s AWC Visitor Education Center will be closed on Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday and will remain closed throughout the following week to attend to some fall cleaning. The Center will re-open on Monday, September 9 at 10am.
“This will give us a chance to do a deep cleaning of the animal exhibits and keep everything in good working order,” says Hussey. “Of course, our wildlife hospital will remain open to receive any wildlife emergencies.”
CROW’s wildlife hospital is open 365 days a year from 8am to 5pm to admit new patients. If you find an injured, sick or orphaned wild animal, please call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222. For after hours emergencies, please visit www.CROWClinic.org/found-animal for a list of drop-off locations.
About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW): Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond. Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to www.crowclinic.org. If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.