Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Seeing is believing on Sanibel Island

It never fails.

We pack everything.....BUT there is always an item we forgot to take a vacation.

On Sanibel, it is easy to find a place to buy a toothbrush , or a book.  But not a lot of choices if you forget your glasses.

That said, the most appealing choice for optical needs makes the whole process very easy for you,

Sanibel Eyecare, like every place on the Island and the island itself, is an intimate and inviting space.  And without the hustle and bustle of busy offices, your eye care needs will be taken care of with great efficiency and professionalism.

If you forgot your glasses, lost a contact lens while biking or swimming, Sanibel Eyecare will track down your prescription and get you a replacement.

And your choices will be generous.

The frames for glasses are very lovely with a fair amount of diversity in design.

If you have a medical question or issue concerning your eyes, it can be addressed in the office.  Your Medical Insurance  will cover your special eye exam when there is an eye-related medical problem such as cataracts, dry eyes, complications from diabetes or high blood pressure (among many others). They are a Medicare participating provider.
Vision plans are primarily for routine eye exams, glasses, and contacts only.  A routine eye exam is for patients that have no medical eye problems or known eye health issues.  The goal of a routine eye exam is to make sure that your eyes are perfectly healthy and to discover unknown problems. 

The office realizes that time is valuable , and they will track and measure their on-time performance in everything they do.

So what ever your eye issues---forgotten glasses, a lost lens, broken frames or a medical concern---- there is an island resource for you!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Warbler Wonders On Sanibel Island

Sanibel is long known and appreciated as a migratory destination for many birds, song birds and ducks included.

But there is probably no more excitement and clamor than during what is called Migratory Fallout.

This wonderful experience takes place when large flocks of birds get caught by frontal systems and are forced to “fall out” on the nearest land. These events happen every spring and fall to a greater or lesser degree,  but they vary greatly in occurrence at any one location from year to year.

This past April appeared to be exceptional when it came to the Warblers who took refuge on the Island.

These song birds that are so varied in color and patterns fly thousands of miles from South and Central America as well as the Caribbean, to take some refuge on Sanibel.

They arrive hungry and tired, and gather in many of the usual places to find food, water and rest.

They begin appearing at the beginning of the month, and generally do not leave until the end of the month.

Though they are small and quick moving, it is possible to outsmart them and anticipate where they will be hiding.  It will be worth every second you invest in the search to get a glimpse of the Cape May Warblers with their rosy cheeks, the Hooded Warblers with their brilliant yellow feathers and black neck "scarf", the beautifully patterned Black and White Warblers.  And the list goes on and on.

Apparently, there were bird alerts issued about the number of warblers visiting the Island last month, and there were many experienced birders who came to try their luck sighting. Some were successful and some were not.  With the exception of the Palm Warblers who are numerous and fairly visible, warblers are not that easy to sight.  Those who are determined to do so are best advised to have an idea of where to look.

All the warblers are attracted to the fig trees on island and that is always a good start to sightings.  But most berry trees will suffice.  We heard that one large berry tree at the beginning of the Calusa Shell Mound Trail in Ding Darling was filled with several kinds of warblers at the end of the day.  The Hooded Warbler and the Black and White Warbler were seen right off the trail in the deeper , darker thickets. And there were reports of some of the oddly named warblers like the Northern Waterthrush were spotted right in the backyards of the private homes on island.  They would move rapidly through fallen dead leaves, eating the insects underneath.

So if you are a bird lover and are looking for a week or a month on Island, you might want to consider a Sanibel vacation in April.   There is no guarantee, of course, but even if a significant fall out does not occur, there are still so many year round birds to see.

Sanibel has something for everyone , including every bird lover.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Find An Injured Animal on Sanibel Island? Help Is a Call Away!

We recently saw a pelican at the Sanibel pier that had a huge fish "resting" in its pouch.

While pelicans can easily swallow whole fish in just one gulp, this pelican appeared not to be able to do so.

We watched as it appeared to try to swallow, lifting up its head and gulping, but the fish remained in place.

In closer inspection, it was apparent the fish was stuck in the pouch.

It was not a whole fish but one that had been cut in half and the spines were not only sticking out, but piercing the pouch of the bird, holding it there despite all the pelican's efforts.

Not feeling confident that we could deal with the beached bird on our own, we were told to call Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, also known as CROW.

It was then that we discovered that CROW has an emergency line where one can reach assistance.

If you find an animal that you think needs help, please call CROW at (239) 472-3644, ext. 222. They  are there to evaluate and, if necessary, rescue and treat animals so that they can be returned to their habitats.

The CROW staff will ask for your location and request stay at the location.   And they will dispense an expert or two to come and assist in a safe capture.

Of course the agency is not open 24/7, but they do check on messages left on the phone.

They also have a drop off location right on the island as well as convenient locations in the Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres area to drop off wildlife in need of help.

CROW also offers some good advice in the event you do come across an animal that looks injured or orphaned:

"Keep a safe distance.

Please remember, you should not automatically pick up or even approach injured wildlife. Certain animals should only be handled by experts, particularly if they are ill or injured. Disturbing animals could lead to further injury and you could put yourself at risk of bites or attacks, as well.

Some animals that appear orphaned may not really need rescuing. For example, baby birds that are learning to fly often hop on the ground as a parent watches nearby, and picking them up interrupts that process. Similarly, baby rabbits found on the ground might not necessarily be orphaned. Mother rabbits feed them only at dawn and at dusk, and then typically do their best to stay hidden."

It is good to know that a Clinic so devoted to the welfare of the  Island's animal population is so easily accessible and available with sound counsel , guidance and direct assistance.