As I write this week’s column, Hurricane Irma is barreling toward Florida. She may slam into Miami, skim the east coast, wander up the center of the state, or even end up in the Gulf. At this point, it is looking grim for the entire state, but we are as ready as it is possible
The call comes in at 6 p.m. Someone had seen an eagle on the ground at 10 that morning. He had called Florida Fish and Wildlife, but they did not have an officer in the area. Many calls later, he had finally gotten through to Peace River Wildlife Center, and they called me. Saturday evening.
Most of the stories that make it to publication are success stories—the warm, fuzzy stories about rescues, rehabs, and releases that went according to plan. It sounds so easy and rewarding when focusing only on the positive outcome, but believe it or not, there is a seedy underbelly to the glamourous work that is wildlife
This week’s “cutest little stinker” award goes to a pair of eastern spotted skunks. This brother and sister duo was found in someone’s garage and quickly evicted. They are resting comfortably at Peace River Wildlife Center now. Spotted skunks are nocturnal creatures, with weasel-like bodies and fine, silky fur. They are slightly smaller (at 1
I’ll bet many of you didn’t even know we were expecting here at Peace River Wildlife Center. We didn’t know ourselves until Wildlife Center of Venice (WCV) called to ask if we could provide a permanent home for a fledgling barred owl that they had taken in and would not be able to release. A