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Paddling festival announces partnership with CROW

April 23, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival has announced a partnership with Sanibel-based CROW, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. This year's festival, scheduled for Nov. 1-4, offers seminars, on-water instruction, demos, races, a film festival and social events for paddling enthusiasts throughout Florida and the nation.

"We are delighted to join forces with this paddling festival and help improve awareness about our local wildlife and their natural habitat" said Ava Hinojosa, managing director of CROW, which is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road. Learn more about CROW online at

The festival serves to highlight the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, a 190-mile marked-and-meandering saltwater trail that spans the coast and inland rivers along The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

CROW will be the signature non-profit partner for the seventh annual festival, handling ticketing for the event and also enhancing the festival's speaker lineup and children's activity area. The organization also is planning a special Saturday, Nov. 3, evening event for festival attendees, VIPs and sponsors. In addition, CROW will have an informational and interactive display at the festival headquarters at Sanibel Causeway Island A.

"We know kayakers, canoeists and nature lovers who attend the annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival feel a connection to the wildlife they see along the trail, and we are very pleased to partner with CROW," said Betsy Clayton, waterways coordinator for Lee County Parks & Recreation and the festival. "CROW's mission of saving wildlife and its passion for making a difference is a wonderful cause for the festival to get behind."

The festival was selected two consecutive years as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events. More festival details will be available soon at and also on Facebook and Twitter. For trail information, visit

SOURCE: Lee County Parks



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