Monday, February 2, 2015
Punta Gorda, Florida
We had a delightful Sunday afternoon in this little town on the Peace River. I happened to see in the paper that Peace River Wildlife Center was opened to the public that afternoon and, given that I had been a bit curious about the town which is located 20 mile from where we are parked, it seemed like an interesting trip. The center has approximately 2000 Native Florida injured wildlife brought to them a year. They care for every creature from tiny baby squirrels to pelicans and herons, only exceptions are alligators and poisonous snakes. For some animals whose injuries are too extensive, the center becomes their permanent home. Those residents include sandhill cranes bald eagles, egrets, herons, hawks, songbirds, owls, brown and white pelicans. The later group were being fed in the bird enclosure when we first arrived.