The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers desperately needs the financial assistance required to rebuild an aviary which houses a dozen or so injured raptors. Over the last 30 years, the aviary has fallen into disrepair despite constant maintenance. Last October, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Investigator Lar Gregory found the aviary "no longer safe [and] suitable for use." As such, the nature center must rebuild the aviary before an October deadline. Board Chairman, Bill Hammond, estimates a new aviary will cost $130,000. Thus far, $50.000 has been raised for the cause, but for a non-profit organization, the remaining $80,000 may prove difficult to come by.
If the nature center fails in their task, many of these rescued raptors will lose their lives. Board Member, Jerry Higby, explains that many of these birds "can’t fly, they can’t live in the wild. The reality is, they’re going to get euthanized,”
For more information, see:
Amy Bennett Williams, The News-Press, WTSP, "State to Nature Center: Replace Birds' Broken Home or Lose Them" May 16, 2016, http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/florida/state-to-nature-center-replace-birds-broken-home-or-lose-them/196272831