Help support our efforts with a year-end gift today.
By the end of December, admissions to our von Arx Wildlife Hospital will likely top last year’s historic 4,333 patients. I know this is not the first time you have heard this from us this year, and it likely will not be the last. But while the volume of injuries occurring in our region is undoubtedly cause for serious concern, there may be a small glimmer of hope hidden in the figures.
I am encouraged by the fact that, each and every day, injured animals are brought in by an ever-growing number of caring citizens. We hear from locksmiths, joggers, landscapers, law enforcement officers, vacationers, and beachcombers; from people new to our cause to volunteers that have been with us for decades.
Every year, thousands of people come through our doors wanting to help and learn.
They come to us because they trust us. They come to us because we have proven ourselves as experts with a bold history of devotion to this region. Whether it is to save an injured animal, teach a group of schoolchildren, deal with invasive species, or speak up on behalf of water quality issues and the importance of our natural environment; we have earned our reputation as a trusted source, withstanding the test of time and the ever-changing needs of our region.
This year we have accomplished important victories on behalf of our water, land, wildlife, and future.
To name just a few, we have developed partnerships with other regional environmental groups to help solve our water quality crisis, while also succeeding in getting the City of Naples to implement new stormwater ordinances to further protect our oceans and bays. Our Environmental Science team has partnered with the U.S. Geological Service to conduct the most comprehensive analysis of Burmese pythons ever undertaken and completed the 39th season of sea turtle monitoring on Keewaydin Island. Our wildlife hospital has worked with the City to tackle the growing prevalence of fishing-related injuries at the Naples Pier while tending to, yet again, record numbers of injured wildlife.
Please continue to support our work today so we can continue to do the important work here in Southwest Florida that you depend on us to do.
President and CEO
Conservancy of Southwest Florida