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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 19, 2016
CROW Case Of The Week:
by Patricia Molloy
is famous for its
haunting cries from
the water. "Woo-
oooo!" But these
ducks actually have
a wide repertoire
of vocalizations that
vary depending on the message they are
trying to convey.
Wails between male and female
partners may be saying, "Over here,
honey!" Calls, described as laughs, are
used to convey things like, "Danger, Will
Robinson! Human approaching." Yodels
are utilized by males only -- with bodies
flat against the water's surface and necks
extended -- and are likely a loon's way of
saying, "Back off, pal! I was here first."
In early July, a female common loon,
patient #16-31, was admitted to CROW
on Sanibel after being found down and
lethargic. Upon presentation, no physical
injuries were detected. Blood work was
performed which indicated that the quiet
bird was severely anemic.
After a week of rest in ICU along with
nutrient-rich food, the patient's health
improved. She was moved outside to a
secluded enclosure that will allow her time
to improve her strength and stamina in a
more natural environment.
The wildlife specialists at CROW will
continue to monitor the progress of this
exceptional bird. They are hopeful that
the loon will soon be well enough to
return to her summer breeding grounds
in the Northern U.S. and Canada. There,
her rather drab winter feathers will turn
into the characteristically stunning black-
and-white summer breeding plumage and
her black eyes will become a glittering red.
After spending a busy summer breed-
ing, nesting and raising little baby loons
on a picturesque northern lake, she will
likely return to the gentle gulf waters of
Sanibel for a well-earned winter break.
The area's rich wildlife cannot afford
its own medical insurance. To help
CROW treat sick and injured pelicans,
gopher tortoises, bunny rabbits and of
course, this extraordinary common loon,
go to the clinic's website (www.crowclinic.
org) and make a donation.
If you prefer a more hands-on
approach, consider volunteering your
time to feed native and migratory
patients. Training is provided. Contact
Volunteer Coordinator JoEllen Urasky at
472-3644 ext. 229.
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 female common loon relaxes during one of her daily tub-time sessions
LCEC United Way
The 20th annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday,
April 16. This tournament has raised over $365,000 for the United Way since it
began. Anglers come from throughout the state to participate in this tournament,
which also features food and a raffle with hundreds of prizes.
It 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 captains' 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 barbecue meal. Meals for guests and non-fisherman can be purchased for
$5 during weigh-in.
For details on prizes, donations and entry into the tournament, visit www.uw.lcec.
net/fish.html, email email@example.com or call Dana Nicloy at 656-2122.
Wild Turkey Strand Walk
On February 20, a Lee County volunteer naturalist will guide a free 1.4-mile
nature and history walk at Wild Turkey Strand Preserve at 9 a.m. The Preserve
is located at 11901 Rod and Gun Club Road, Fort Myers.
It occupies portions of the former Buckingham Army Airfield, the state's largest air-
field training base during WWII. It is also located within the boundaries of Lee County's
designated aquifer recharge area.
The 90-minute walk is on a fully accessible trail, and a picnic shelter and restroom
are on-site. Because of recent rain, walkers are asked to wear closed toe shoes suitable
for wet conditions.
No reservations are required and no dogs are permitted in this preserve. Call 707-
3325 for more information.
Edible Gardening Class Series
Learn the biggest edible gardening mistakes, why gardens fail and how to fix these
problems. Karen Harty, executive director of Grow A Gardener Inc. and Lee
County Master Gardener, will be explaining how to beat the challenges of edible
gardening in Southwest Florida. She has been edible gardening for 40-plus years and
grows her own food year-round on the quarter acre surrounding her home.
Classes will be held in an outdoor classroom (with roof) at ECHO, located at 17391
Durrance Road, in North Fort Myers. The series of four classes will run from 2 to
4 p.m. with the following schedule: Crash Course in Veggie Gardening (Monday,
February 29); How to be an Organic Gardener in SW Florida (Tuesday, March
1); Growing Tomatoes in SW Florida (Wednesday, March 2); Veggie Gardening in
Containers (Thursday, March 3).
The series costs $60 and includes a tour of ECHO on Thursday. Single classes are
also available for $20, which includes a donation to ECHO but not the ECHO tour.
Registration is required. Call or text Karen at 610-530-8883 or email karenlharty@
gmail.com to register or with questions.
The monthly meeting of the Fort
Myers Beach Yacht Club will be
held on Wednesday, February 24 at
the American Legion Post 274 on San
Carlos Island, 899 Buttonwood Drive in
Fort Myers Beach.
Dinner is available for $12 per person.
Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at
7 p.m. and the membership meeting is
from 8 to 9 p.m. Potential new mem-
bers wishing to attend any or all por-
tions of the meeting are invited to call
Membership Chairperson Pete Oiderma
at 463-6240 for required reservations
and additional information.
Learn more online at www.
The Wednesday Morning Live! Com-
munity Lecture Series continues
with Fourth Down In Dunbar by
author David Dorsey on Wednesday,
February 24 at Covenant Presbyterian
Church in Fort Myers.
The lecture is free and open to the
public. The one-hour lecture begins at
10 a.m. preceded by a continental break-
fast at 9:30 a.m. Advance registration
is not required. The lecture will be held
at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439
McGregor Boulevard. Call 334-8937 or
go to www.covpcfm.com for more infor-
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