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THE RIVER - JULY 31, 2015
CROW Case Of The Week:
Release Sites Needed
For Native Wildlife
by Patricia Molloy
Imagine watching playful otters frolicking in and
around your pond or seeing adorable little bandits
(i.e., raccoons) scurrying around your property.
With the end of summer just around the corner,
CROW has a large number of healthy babies ready
to return to the wild, but not enough locations on
which they can be legally released.
Most of the babies raised at the clinic from baby-
hood do not need to be returned to the exact loca-
tion in which they were found, since they were too
young to have established a territory. Off island is
where space is most needed, as 85 percent of CROW’s patients come
from across the Sanibel Causeway. The clinic currently has a variety of
native birds, Virginia opossums, raccoons and otters that are ready to
return to the wild and establish their own territories.
It takes weeks or months for the babies to mature enough to survive
in the wild. With baby season in full swing, the clinic’s staff, students and
volunteers are working around the clock to feed them.
Only a certain amount of animals can be released on one property
in order to avoid infestation and over-population. If anyone has private
property with a lot of land and would be interested in having wild mam-
mals, birds or turtles released on it, call CROW at 472-3644. The clinic
will review the set of guidelines with property owners to determine if
their place is suitable. Some of the questions include: Is the property
wooded? Is there a pond? Is it safe from free-roaming dogs?
Be a good steward of the environment and help CROW in its efforts
to find a safe haven for our precious native wildlife.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-
profit wildlife hospital providing veterinary care for native and migra-
tory 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.
These adorable otters – seen here enjoying a bit of playtime back in March – will soon be old enough to
survive on their own. CROW is looking for suitable wild homes for otters, raccoons and opossums.
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beeswax that can be used in candle mak-
ing. This activity makes for a great addi-
tion to both food and flower gardens,
and beekeeping can be incorporated
by mastering a few simple techniques.
Honeybees are generally non-aggressive
and non-intrusive, and the risk is very
low that beekeeping could lead to any
problems if simple precautions are taken.
Most hobby beekeepers only need to get
into their hives a few times a year, and
the basic equipment required is afford-
The presentation will be led by Claudia
Silveira. Originally from Brazil, Silveira
has lived in Fort Myers for many years
working as a professional beekeeper. She
will introduce the basic facts of small-scale
beekeeping and then answer questions.
This workshop is free, but small dona-
tions are appreciated, as they help the
Alliance bring sustainability programs to
the community. Participants are encour-
aged to bring a notepad and plenty of
fluids to stay hydrated in the summer
heat. The workshop will take place on
the GreenMarket stage, in the shade of
the trees at the Alliance campus, and
will begin after the free yoga session that
begins at 9:30 a.m.
Now on its 5th year, the Alliance
GreenMarket provides a space for the
community to support local growers, bak-
ers and artisans. It routinely hosts envi-
ronmentally oriented activities, gardening
workshops, and welcomes artists and
musicians to participate in its eclectic mix
of visitors, vendors and performers. Vsit
www.artinlee.org/greenmarket or find
the GreenMarket on Facebook for more
information and dates of future work-
shops, as well as other Alliance activities.
The Alliance for the Arts is located at
10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Claudia Silveira sells her home-grown honey and beeswax products
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