Osprey had been shot; wing has to be amputated
A veterinarian who examined an osprey that was found crippled along the Pinellas Trail discovered the bird had been shot. The bird's wing will now have to be amputated, said Barbara Walker of the Clearwater Audubon Society. "I thought she had been hit by a car," Walker said. The bird was found on a section of the trail across from East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road. Walker would like anyone with information about the wounded bird to call (727) 798-2385.
Owner trying to raise sunken boat
Jeff Love is working to retrieve his sponge boat, Susie Sea, from the Anclote River. The boat, which sank before dawn Sunday, is one of the few remaining sponge boats at the Sponge Docks. Love said he plans to restore the 1977 boat, worth roughly $45,000. On Tuesday, Love and six other people used airbags to partially raise the vessel, only to realize the large pump meant to flush out the remaining water was broken. The only option was to resink the boat and try again today with a different pump, Love said. "Somebody called me Sunday because they saw the boat listing," he said. "By the time I got down here it turned and went under."
Female volunteer mentors needed
Big Brothers Big Sisters is calling on female volunteer mentors to sign up in honor of Women's History Month. There are currently 51 girls in Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando counties waiting to be matched with a Big Sister. The girls often have an incarcerated parent, reside with a relative caregiver or live in a single-parent home. The presence of a positive female role model would impact their lives tremendously. To inquire about becoming a Big Sister, contact volunteer recruiter Samantha at SamanthaF@bbbspc.org. Learn more about the organization and download an enrollment application at www.bbbspc.org.