Dear Conservancy Family,
It has been two weeks since we were last able to reach out to you. On behalf of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida board of directors, staff, and volunteers, we extend our heartfelt thoughts to everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma.
I am grateful to share with you, the Conservancy now has power. The air conditioning is on, our phone lines and internet servers are up and running. This comes as an enormous relief to the many staff, volunteers and friends who have been working for the last 10 days in the von Arx Wildlife Hospital and on the Nature Center grounds in the stifling heat without drinkable water or restroom facilities. This tireless dedication to our wildlife and to our mission is part of what makes the Conservancy team so impactful.
As of today, we will begin the process of returning to most of our normal business operations; however, our Nature Center will remain closed to the public as we continue to assess the entire campus for safety. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital remains open and is admitting patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. — 6 p.m. We will reach out to you as soon as we have more information about reopening the Nature Center exhibit areas.
This has been, and continues to be, a difficult time for so many in our community. We will continue to send updates about our progress and our needs through our Facebook page and through email.
We are also grateful to those of you who helped us so generously with calls to help.
How You Can Help:
- Donate: Continuing our work to protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future must continue. Right now, caring for wildlife injured in the storm and cleanup from Hurricane Irma exceed our planned budget estimates. Please support our recovery efforts.
- Become a Conservancy Member or Renew Your Membership: Your membership supports the work we on behalf of our water, land, wildlife and future.
- Amazon Wishlist: Send a much-needed item to the recovering animals in the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through Amazon.
Again, I am so grateful to all of you for supporting the Conservancy through this difficult time. I sincerely wish you and your loved ones the best through the recovery process.
P.S. — I’d like to share some photos with you of our teams hard at work, over the past few days. Despite the exhausting heat and long hours, we still managed to share a few smiles.