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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:16AM

A fortunate frigatebird

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By Robin Jenkins

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Around this time of year, it is common to reflect on all that we are thankful for — as individuals, as a community and as a country. Here at Peace River Wildlife Center, words cannot convey our gratitude this year. Merely a year ago, we were not entirely convinced that we would be able to continue to serve the Charlotte County area in the same capacity that we have for the past 30-plus years. Today we find ourselves experiencing a rebirth, thanks to the community we feared no longer cared about our mission. And while there are other worthwhile causes out there and many other organizations to which one can donate time and money, PRWC has been amazed and delighted to have the community rally around us with such overwhelming support.

As the good will of the community surrounds us, wonderful things keep happening. We were able to rehab and release an adult bald eagle that had gotten shocked by a power line this year. We were able to save the life of an infant leucistic screech owl, giving him a permanent home here at PRWC where we can keep him safe from predators. And we were recently contacted through our website by someone in Louisiana who had found an injured magnificent frigatebird this June. The bird had been found washed up on the beach with a broken wing, covered in sand and so weak he couldn’t lift his head. Unable to locate a rehab facility in their area, the Young family was able to keep the frigatebird they called Clap-Clap (because of the sound made when he snapped his beak together) alive by hand-feeding him fish. As the weather started to get cooler, they were concerned that the bird would not do well so far north of his usual habitat.

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