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THE RIVER - JULY 24, 2015
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Patricia Molloy
If you live in
you are no doubt
familiar with the
sound created by the
At 15 inches in length,
it is one of the biggest
to North America. The non-migratory bird
is easily recognizable due to its flaming red
crest, long bill, and zebra-striped head and
The enthusiastic drumming sound created
by these birds is similar to loud hammering
and can be heard from a great distance. The
behavior is a woodpecker’s way of establish-
ing its territory and to attract a mate. The
whacking away at dead trees also helps a
woodpecker find its favorite meal: carpenter
ants. After drilling a hole or pulling strips of
bark off a tree with its sharp bill, the wood-
pecker use its long, sticky tongue to drag out
the insects. The omnivorous birds also eat
termites, beetle larvae, wild fruits, berries and
On July 13, a pileated woodpecker was
brought to CROW after a window strike.
Upon presentation, the bird was found to
be bright and alert, but unable to stand well.
“He had motor and sensory (issues),” said Dr.
Molly. “We put him on oxygen, because it
was difficult to hear any heart sounds because
there were so many lung sounds. It just
seems like there’s a lot of effort (to breathe)
and possibly some fluid (on its lungs).”
Once the large bird was stabilized, the
wildlife veterinarians were able to conduct
more tests. They determined that the wood-
pecker had suffered a spinal cord injury in
the accident. “The damage to the spinal cord
is leading to a lack of sensation and paresis
(partial loss of voluntary movement) in the
rear limbs, but the inner layers of the spinal
cord are still intact,” explained Dr. Heather.
Despite the serious nature of the wood-
pecker’s injuries, there is still room for hope.
As Dr. Heather concluded, “With continued
care, he may regain the ability to walk over
The area’s rich wildlife cannot afford
its own insurance and medical care is very
expensive. To help CROW treat sick and
injured bald eagles, gopher tortoises, rabbits
and, of course, this beautiful pileated wood-
pecker (patient #15-2165), be a good stew-
ard of the environment and make a donation.
The clinic relies 100 percent on the philan-
thropic support of individuals, corporations
and foundations. Go to www.crowclinic.org
for more information.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of
Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife hospi-
tal providing veterinary care for native and
migratory wildlife from our local area. The
hospital accepts patients seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations to
PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. Call 472-
3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.org.
After a quick weigh-in, the pileated woodpecker returns to its cage for breakfast
‘Ding’ Days Photo
Contest Is Under Way
July marks the opening of the 28th annual “Ding”
Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography
Contest. The deadline for submission is
September 15. The contest, sponsored by the “Ding”
Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS),
is held in conjunction with “Ding” Darling Days, running
October 18 to 24.
For an entry form and other contest information,
visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/photo-contests. Or
contact DDWS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 472-
1100 ext. 233.
DDWS will announce winners and award prizes at
Conservation Art Day on Saturday, October 24 during
“Ding” Darling Days.
Entries may be delivered in person to the JN “Ding”
Darling NWR or by mail to “Ding” Darling Wildlife
Society (DDWS), One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
(Attention: Sarah Lathrop).
• There is a $25 per person entry fee that provides
you with a membership to the Society and is used to
defray the cost of the contest. One fee covers two
entries per person.
• Only amateur (all ages) photographers are eligible
to enter (may not possess a professional photographer
tax identification number for the sale of photographs).
• Photos must be taken at the JN “Ding” Darling
NWR and have been taken within two years of entry
• Photos must be 8” x 10” (or full frame 8” x 12”)
with an 11” x 14” mat. This will facilitate display in
the Visitor Center. (Please, no hangers on the backs of
photographs.) Frames are not permitted. Please submit
a digital copy on a CD/DVD/Flash Drive. Each photo
must be at least 2MB. The two photo entries can be
copied onto the same CD/DVD/Flash Drive.
• Each person may enter up to two photos but is
eligible to win only one award. One $25 fee covers two
entries per person.
• Photos that have won awards in previous “Ding”
Darling Wildlife Society photo contests may not be
• Judging will be anonymous. Please do not put your
name or anything that will identify you on your photo-
• Judging criteria:
1) Technical excellence (sharpness, lighting, composi-
4) Ability to be reproduced for publication
• On digital photos, only limited image modifica-
tions are permitted. Minor manipulation should be used
only to produce a more natural looking photograph.
Cropping is allowed but adding any elements not exist-
ing in the original scene will not be allowed. Judges, at
their discretion, will disqualify any photos that appear to
be manipulated beyond these guidelines.
• All photos will become the property of DDWS
and will not be returned. There is no need to include
a return envelope or postage. Photos may be used by
DDWS in any way with appropriate credit.
• First, second, and third place winners and honor-
able mentions will be formally announced during the
“Ding” Darling Day’s weeklong celebration held in
October. Cash prizes will be awarded.
• The refuge and Wildlife Society cannot be held
responsible for loss or damage of photos.
• There are three judges: A refuge staff person,
a professional photographer, and a member of the
“Ding” Darling Days sponsors for 2015 include:
Roseate Spoonbill Sponsors: Doc’s Ford Sanibel Rum
Bar & Grille; Great Egret Sponsors: George & Wendy’s
continued on page 24
Charles Woodrich’s prothonotary warbler took first place in
the 2014 “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography
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