In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we are currently operating off-island at a temporary location in North Fort Myers. All of our patients and ambassadors were evacuated from the island and permanently or temporarily transferred to other facilities for continued care. Until we are back on our Sanibel campus, our Live Camera feeds will be unavailable for viewing. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding.
When patients arrive at CROW, their first stop is the Intake Room where they are evaluated with an initial health screening. These results will dictate the first step in their rehabilitation process and treatment plan. CROW cares for over 6,000 wild patients annually of over 200 different species!
Northern Raccoons who live along coastal regions like Southwest Florida rely on tidal fluctuations to catch items such as marine invertebrates. The enclosure houses many climbing perches and a fully functioning water filtration system to simulate river flow and encourage live prey training.
The otter enclosure is designed to house North American River Otters, which are the only species of river otter found north of Mexico. The pool and separate den area provide opportunities for juveniles to learn how to swim and forage for live fish and marine invertebrates.
Large Flight Camera
The large flight enclosure is designed to facilitate flight conditioning for large birds such as bald eagles, hawks, falcons, and osprey. The elongated enclosure extends 150 feet in an "L" formation to help recovering birds build stamina and encourage the full mobility of important flight muscles.
The pelican enclosure hosts shorebirds who coexist among coastal environments such as pelicans, cormorants, and gulls. The enclosure features platforms for flight conditioning, perches for sunning, and a pool to simulate live prey training for fish and other marine invertebrates.
Mina, the Great Horned Owl
Mina arrived to CROW in December 2016. She had suffered an injury and lost part of her wing preventing her release back to the wild. The amputation had completely healed before she was admitted to the hospital and our staff continue to closely monitor her injury site for any pain or associated secondary issues. The feather tufts, not ears, for which these owls are named are actually called 'plumicorns'.
Talon, the Red-tailed Hawk
Talon arrived to CROW in January 2014. He suffered a broken wing which was unable to be repaired rendering him unable to fly well enough to hunt on his own. Over his years as an ambassador, Talon has donated blood for transfusions to help save many hawk patients in care at the hospital.