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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 5, 2016
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Patricia Molloy
is hard to ignore.
Despite its medium
size, its has a bois-
terous “ha ha ha”
call and a bold per-
sonality; it has been
known to steal fish
from the much larger brown pelican,
sometimes by standing on the pelican’s
head and grabbing food directly from its
As fearless scavengers, laughing gulls
perform the useful service of keeping
beaches clean of fish that become strand-
ed by the tide. Observing the behavior of
gulls may also help one predict impend-
ing foul weather: gulls roost at times of
low-pressure, a condition that often pro-
duces precipitation. According to Scottish
folklore, “Seagull, seagull, sit on the sand;
it’s a sign of rain when you are at hand.”
A couple of weeks ago, an injured
laughing gull was found and rescued.
Very little was known about its history.
Upon presentation, the seabird – patient
#16-156 – was found to have an old scab
on the right side of its neck and its right
elbow was swollen.
“On my physical, the big thing I noted
is that his right elbow is pretty swollen,”
Dr. Allison explained. “I didn’t feel any
obvious fractures, but we went ahead and
sedated him so we could take full x-rays.
The joint itself looks OK, so I went ahead
and put him in a figure-eight wrap for the
next day or two.”
In addition to stabilizing the wing, Dr.
Allison ordered the application of cool-
to-warm compresses that were applied
to the swollen area several times per day,
over the wrap.
As Dr. Allison concluded, “I’ll check
the wing and do some physical therapy
to see if we should continue with the
wrap or if we should try him without. He
didn’t have a wing droop, or anything like
that. He was up and walking around this
morning and he’s pretty feisty, so it looks
like he’s doing well otherwise.”
The laughing gull is expected to make
a full recovery and be returned to its
home on the beautiful Gulf Coast.
Correction: Last week, Allison
Daugherty, DVM was misidentified as Dr.
Andrea. Dr. Allison is currently a DVM
intern at CROW.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital 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
The laughing gull, patient #16-156, is shown with a figure-eight wrap on its right wing. The seabird had just received subcutaneous
(under the skin) fluids to facilitate hydration and cool-to-warm compresses to treat its swollen elbow.
Fisher School Of Technology Partners
With Wounded Warrior Anglers Team
Students in the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University are utilizing
their IT skills and knowledge to assist the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America,
Inc. (WWA) in establishing an internal network for the WWA’s new facility in
The 1,600-square-foot facility will be the official headquarters for the organiza-
tion and will house its service center, which will be used by certified veteran services
“I spoke with Christine Manson to see if any students might be interested in tak-
ing on this project for us,” said Capt. David Souders, founder and president of the
Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. and Hodges student. Upon learning this
information, Manson contacted Dr. Al Ball, dean of the Fisher School of Technology
at Hodges, to discuss the opportunity.
“When Christine contacted me about the project, I thought about our students in
the Fisher School of Technology Society,” said Ball. “The society is always looking for
ways to help within the community, so when Wounded Warrior presented us with this
project, we knew it would be a great opportunity.”
Recognizing the need for a Hodges faculty member to serve as the technical advi-
sor, Ball entrusted Professor Jim Nichols, assistant professor of computer information
technology, to oversee the project while Amanda Lanham, president of the Fisher
School of Technology Society, created a plan.
“We are basically building their office’s internal network from the ground up. We
plan to install their computers, printers, Internet; make sure all of their servers are up
and running; ensure that they have Wi-Fi; and more,” said Lanham. “We hope to have
five to six students helping so that they are ready to open on February 9.”
Dedicated to helping rehabilitate the mind, body and soul of all service members
who have been injured, wounded or disabled in the line of duty, WWA uses fishing to
mentor veterans and promote a friendly and peaceful environment.
Souders, a veteran of both the U.S . Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, and a 100
percent disabled veteran, started WWA in 2010 after turning his passion for fishing
into an opportunity to help fellow wounded warriors. Currently, WWA volunteers teach
custom rod building, and with the new facility, Souders sees great opportunity for
more interaction and educational programs.
For more information, call 513-1122 or visit Hodges.edu.
San Carlos Power
The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power
Squadron, a unit of the United
States Power Squadrons, will
be offering America’s Boating Course
beginning on Saturday, February 6 from
8:15 a.m . to 12:30 p.m . This course is
recognized by the National Association
of State Boating Law Administrators
(NASBLA) and satisfies the Florida state
requirement that anyone born after
January 1, 1988 must pass a safe boat-
ing course and obtain a Boating Safety
Education ID card, which is valid for life,
in order to operate a boat with more
than 10 HP. Each student will receive
a card/certificate from the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission upon comple-
tion of the class. The course consists of
two sessions on consecutive Saturdays.
The second session will be held on
Saturday, February 13, also from 8:15
a.m . to 12:30 p.m.
Topics covered include hull design,
docking, anchoring, handling boating
emergencies, reading channel markers
and many other topics to make each
boating experience safer and more
enjoyable. Successful completion of this
course entitles the boater to 18 months
of membership in a United States Power
Squadron for the price of 12 months.
The cost of the course is $45, with a
$20 cost for a second person sharing the
The course is being taught at the
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron
classroom, located at 16048 San Carlos
Boulevard at the corner of Kelly Road
(across from ACE Hardware). Students
can register online at www.scbps.com or
call the office at 466-4040 leaving their
On Saturday, April 16, LCEC
will host the 20th annual LCEC
United Way Fishing Tournament.
This tournament has raised over
$365,000 for the United Way since it
began 20 years ago. Anglers come from
throughout the state to participate in
this popular tournament which features
great fishing, delicious food and a huge
raffle with hundreds of prizes awarded.
This milestone tournament is being
held at some of Southwest Florida’s best
fishing locations; Pine Island Sound,
Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters.
The cost per person is $65 before April
13 and $75 thereafter. A mandatory cap-
tain’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m . on
Friday, April 15 at D & D Matlacha Bait
and Tackle. All participants will receive a
commemorative long-sleeve shirt and a
delicious home-cooked BBQ meal. Meals
for guests and non-fisherman can be pur-
chased for $5 during weigh-in.
LCEC is extremely grateful to employ-
ees, return fishermen, vendors and local
businesses for their continued support
over the years. For details on prizes,
donations or entry into the tournament,
visit www.uw.lcec.net/fish.html, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dana Nicloy at
Don’t miss this chance to reel in fish,
fun and funds for the United Way.
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