Jul 27, 2017

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Animal Encounters On Sanibel Island

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Credit: CROW Clinic

We are great animal lovers here at Signal Inn and of course Sanibel Island is an animal lover’s dream destination!  

Just to keep you up to date on some of our island nature news we’re showcasing some interesting news items for your enjoyment.  One of the premiere organizations that we have here is of course CROW or the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife, a group that has garnered national recognition as an animal hospital and nature center.

Looking for an animal encounter experience on Sanibel? CROW is home to several Animal Ambassadors who each have a unique story and important place in their programs. Animal Ambassador’s bringing guests closer to wildlife than anywhere else on Sanibel with the purpose of increasing the appreciation for local wildlife.

They have just named their new animal ambassador in Mina a great horned owl that is missing one wing. The purpose is to educate the public in all the varied animal life available on Sanibel and Captiva islands. There are over 200 species of owls in the world and we enjoy them here as well as great hunters of the night.  Their wings are frayed so as to keep their flight quiet as  they are night hunters and silence is extremely important. Poor Mina has lost her wing and is unable to hunt in nature.  As the new CROW Ambassador she has the chance to live in peace and advocate for the great work that CROW does.

Also in the news are the new exhibits at the Bailey Wildlife Tract.

With the entrance at Tarpon Bay Road and Island Inn Road you are invited to hike or bike at no charge through the tract which has been given a bit of a facelift with two new kiosks at the entrance and 7 new interpretive panels explaining the various wildlife on the 100 acre plot of land.  The tract offers the opportunity to see up close many different endangered species such as rice rats, birds and different pollinators.  Other animals you may see would be alligators, bobcats, marsh rabbits and pileated woodpeckers.