The Narrows came to me in a brainstorm as a place to go with my friend while she was here. How often do you get to see raptors up close and personal? Or at all really. The brainstorm came to me because while we were at the eagles one day we ran into a friend of mine who volunteers there. I have walked the trails with him while he held a little screech owl on his wrist and interacted with the other visitors on the trail. It’s such an unusual way to visit with nature.
But this visit was a little disappointing at first. There were no volunteers out on the deck with hawks, or Sarge the eagle, on their wrists. They hadn’t changed their policy, they said, but there is a shortage of volunteers to take the birds out. A group of disabled veterans arrived as we were getting there also, and I thought they were visitors, but in a little while we saw them out with birds on the trail. One said that the bird he was holding had had a brain injury, and he had a brain injury also. It’s a heartwarming place to go. Maybe a 90 minute drive isn’t too far to go to volunteer…A volunteer pointed out the dark-eyed owls and light-eyed owls, and said that the dark eyed ones are spectacular night hunters. Nature has given them incredible night vision, and I have read that owls can see their prey a mile away, so day hunters also have us all beat by a mile.
I had a plan for the next day also. I was going to take my friend to the Florida Botanical Gardens for a photo walk with my photo group. For the heck of it I checked to see where it was in comparison to The Narrows, and it was only two miles from where we were at that moment. So of course we headed there, but on a chilly day in February it was not nearly the amazing place I have visited in the past. We didn’t stay long at all, but I am glad to know that I can easily visit these two places on the same day from now on. Kind of a BOGO!