CROW’s newest animal ambassador, Mina, is a great horned owl who is missing one of her wings. Article courtesy of Jeff Lysiak, “Island Sun.”
They may hunt their prey at night without making a sound, but one of the most beloved bird species is actually amongst the smartest – and fiercest – raptors found in nature. Is it any wonder that there’s the expression, “Wise as an owl?”
Recently at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), approximately 30 people attended a presentation entitled Guess Hoo?, a lecture focused on owls found throughout Southwest Florida.
According to CROW Wildlife Rehabilitator Breanna Frankel, there are more than 200 owl species worldwide, approximately 20 of which are native to North America. Most species of owl are nocturnal, meaning that they are primarily active at night.
“When they’re hunting for food at night, they have to be really quiet,” said Frankel. “Their feathers are frayed and extra soft, which allows them to fly very silent.”
Physically, owls have tremendously strong talons, which allow them to grip their prey tightly. “They eat pretty much anything they can get their claws on,” she added, noting that their diet includes insects, rodents, snakes, small mammals and other birds.
During the 45-minute lecture, Frankel described the anatomy of owls, including information about their eyes, ears, tufts and wings.
“Their eyes don’t rotate in their sockets, so they have to turn their heads around when they’re watching something,” said Frankel, who noted that these birds can rotate their heads 270 degrees. “They also have three eyelids – one for blinking, one for cleaning, and one while they’re sleeping at night.”
The most common threats owls face have been created by humankind, including electrical wires, deforestation, barbed wire fencing, rodenticide poisoning and vehicular strikes.
As part of her presentation, Frankel introduced the audience to Mina, a great horned owl who is one of CROW’s animal ambassadors. Brought into the wildlife clinic in January, the owl had been discovered unable to fly.
“We noticed when she came in that she was missing one of her wings, but the amputation had completely healed over,” said Frankel. “Other than that, she was completely perfect… except she had a bit of an attitude. She was kinda mean, so that’s how she got her name. Mina.”
Over the past six months, Frankel has been working with Mina to become an ambassador for CROW. “This is her first presentation, so I’m pretty excited about this,” she added. “If you look at an owl’s tufts, you can tell if they’re calm, alert or agitated. Her tufts are relaxed a bit, so she’s pretty relaxed.”
For more information about CROW, call 472-3644 or visit www.crowclinic.org.
Bailey’s General Store now offers fresh daily sushi for sale at their Seafood Market counter.
Shima Japanese Steakhouse, located at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa right around the corner from Ocean’s Reach, has partnered with Bailey’s to provide sushi options for store shoppers. Each day, the sushi is rolled by the chefs at Shima Grab N Go and transported to Bailey’s where it is available for purchase.
The Seafood Market at Bailey’s features the Philadelphia Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, as well as Salmon & Tuna Nigiri (fish laid over rice). Prices start at $7.99 with expanded options available as popularity rises.
Travis Rudder, the Butcher Shop and Seafood Market manager at Bailey’s, is excited about the new product line.
“We love being able to provide fresh sushi products to our shoppers. The new rolls from Shima are made with the highest quality ingredients and taste fantastic. We’ve gotten great responses from community members that want to be able to pick up lunch or dinner while they shop for the rest of the week,” he said.
“Galli Halo” by Katy Danca
Millions of travelers can see works by area artists each year as they arrive and depart Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The current Art In Flight: By the Sea exhibit features the work of ten Florida photographers. Participating artists reside in Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island and Tamarac. The exhibit was hung this July and will remain on view until July 2018 in the upper level hallways leading to the B and D concourses at the Southwest Florida International Airport.
“Art inspires and activates our imaginations,” said Alliance Exhibitions Coordinator Krista Johnson. “This exhibit makes it possible for people to experience art every day, and promotes Lee County’s vibrant cultural vibe.”
One of the iconic shells that Sanibel has become known for, the junonia, always seems to draw the attention of residents and tourists alike due to its renowned beauty and scarcity.
And now, the world’s largest recorded junonia – a specimen measuring nearly six inches in length – calls the island home.
“Everybody who comes to Sanibel would love to find a junonia, or even see one,” said Larry Strange, owner of Sanibel Seashell Industries, who recently acquired the record-setting shell.
According to the Registry of World Record Size Shells, the largest junonia ever recorded – a Scaphella junonia measured at 154.0 mm – was collected in the Gulf of Mexico by The Hansbys in 1972. That shell became part of a collection owned by a mollusk enthusiast in Jacksonville, Florida.
Strange, a marine biologist and retired educator, was contacted by the son of the junonia’s owner, who asked if he would be interested in purchasing his father’s massive shell collection. “I had read about his record junonia, and I asked (the son) if it was still part of the collection,” said Strange, who eventually purchased the museum-quality assortment. “His father got the shell from a fisherman working on a shrimp trawler, who obtain a lot of junonias because they’re out in waters 40 to 80 feet.”
However, junonias are rather uncommon to find washed up on the shorelines of Sanibel, so they are highly revered by both amateur and serious shell enthusiasts. In the four weeks since the giant junonia has been on display at the family-run business, Strange noted that people are coming into the store just to see the record-setting shell. “People are walking in and ask just to see it, or take a photo with it,” he said, noting that the shell is encased under a glass dome inside the main display case of the store, located at 1544 Periwinkle Way.
Of course, he’s been asked several times if the junonia is for sale.
“Some people want to know how much it is,” added Strange with a smile. “But it’s not for sale at any price.”
All are welcome to stop by Sanibel Seashell Industries and see the world’s largest junonia in person. The business – which originally opened in 1942 – is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 239-472-1603 or visit www.seashells.com for more information.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for sharing!
What a delightful email from guest Ellen C., who resides in Fairport, NY:
Your “Game On” blog about the Sanibel Rocks group that encourages people to paint shells from Sanibel, encouraged me to send you the picture below.
My son proposed to his fiancé on the beach on Sanibel three years ago and the following year, 5 months before their wedding, we picked up 150 dosinia shells, which we used to create “place cards” for all the wedding guests.
It was such a beautiful way to include Sanibel, and our family’s love for the island, in their upstate New York wedding!
… To Zurich on August 1st for Swiss National Day!
One of our longtime guests, Laura G., who travels to Ocean’s Reach each fall from Nyon, Switzerland, delighted us not only with the photo, but with a short history lesson as well:
Swiss National Day marks the founding of the confederation on August 1, 1291, when the first three cantons (which are basically like states) — Uri, Schwytz and Unterwald — made a pact to mutually help one another and free the area from european invaders, who were forcing the local population into paying huge taxes to entertain and fund foreign noblemen.
In the background of the photo, you can see the Limmatt River, along with the Frauenbad (a sunbathing area for women only, a Swiss institution since the beginning of the 20th century).
Laura reports that it’s now about 31c /90F in Zurich, which reminds her of Sanibel weather!
Thanks so much for keeping in touch, Laura! We look forward to seeing you and your mom again this fall!
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