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CROW's 50th Anniversary Celebration Underway

Jan 18, 2018 07:25PM ● Published by Kevin

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This year, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) celebrates its 50th Anniversary, and the celebration is already underway. It kicked off on Jan. 8, with mayor Kevin Ruane's proclamation address at Sanibel City Hall.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, CROW held a free open house at its Visitor Education Center, where guests could explore the venue and meet the animal ambassadors, as well as a behind-the-scenes experience at the hospital and its signature guided tour.

The organization started up in 1968 when founder Shirley Walter came across an injured royal tern on the Sanibel Causeway. She took it upon herself to help the injured bird, but as there were no wildlife clinics around, she ended up rehabilitating the bird herself with the help of a veterinarian friend. Word spread quickly of her act of kindness and operating out of her home, she received more than 500 calls to help distressed animals in the first year.

CROW's 50th Anniversary: Remaining Schedule of Events

A Celebratory Evening 50 Years in the Making for CROW - start Jan 31 2018 0530PM

A Celebratory Evening 50 Years in the Making for CROW - Jan 31, 2018, 5:30 PM

Join us for a Conversation about "A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Veterinarian" presented by Heather W. Barron, DVM, Diplomate, ABVP (Avian) from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wild... Read More » 

 

Audubon Society Speaker - start Mar 07 2018 0630PM

Audubon Society Speaker - Mar 7, 2018, 6:30 PM

CROW is honored to have the Executive Director of the Florida Audubon society as a special guest speaker to celebrate 50 years of CROW! This is one event you will not want to miss! Light ... Read More » 

 

Southern Comfort on Sanibel - start Mar 23 2018 0600PM

Southern Comfort on Sanibel - Mar 23, 2018, 6 PM

Enjoy a night filled with Dinner, Dancing and a Good Time! More information to come! Read More » 

 

CROW Annual Meeting - start Mar 28 2018 0400PM

CROW Annual Meeting - Mar 28, 2018, 4 PM

Date: Wednesday, March 28 at 4:00pm Join our Members, Hospital Director, Executive Director and Board of Directors for our Annual Meeting as they review the past year's accomplishment... Read More » 

 

Q&A With CROW's Hospital Director

Additionally, we caught up with Heather W. Barron, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-avian, and hospital director at CROW, who shared her background, information about the organization's patients, an update on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and more.
 
Times of the Islands Magazine: Tell us about yourself.

Dr. Heather W. Barron: I became CROW's Hospital Director/Head Veterinarian in late 2011. I received training in exotic and wild animal medicine and was later faculty at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. After that, I obtained further international experience as Professor and Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where I was also the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. I am a board-certified specialist and a licensed wildlife and sea turtle rehabilitator with more than 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching wildlife medicine.

TOTI Magazine: What is CROW's mission?

Barron:
CROW’s mission is to save wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.

TOTI Magazine: I see CROW has "patients" you care for. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Barron: CROW provides veterinary care for over 4,000 wildlife patients every year. These patients represent approximately 150 species of native and migratory wildlife that can be found here in Southwest Florida.

TOTI Magazine: How have things been after Irma? Was there any damage? Increase in patients? Change in hours? Anything else?

Barron: With the help of our dedicated volunteers, staff, students and the Sanibel community, CROW managed to “weather” Irma fairly well. Evacuation from Sanibel was mandatory, but the hospital was only closed one day and we continued to receive patients through our amazing partners at Specialized Veterinary Services in Fort Myers.

There was some damage to the grounds and facilities at CROW, but all was quickly put to rights with the help of the community. The patients were all given the best possible care. Many more wild animals were brought to CROW after the storm. CROW continues to see wildlife emergencies 365 days per year!

TOTI Magazines: Are there any volunteer opportunities available? What about donors?

Barron: Yes! CROW relies on a dedicated team of over 200 volunteers which provide over 19,000 hours of service in areas such as baby care, laundry, tortoise grazing and visitor center/gift shop. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CROW does not receive any federal, state, or local funding. It’s annual operating costs are funded mainly through private support from individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations. Fundraising events, grants and planned giving also contribute to finance the day-to-day operations with Memberships being a key fundraising effort. Visit www.crowclinic.org to make a donation or learn how to become a member!

TOTI Magazine: What are your goals for the future? Where do you see CROW headed?

Barron: We envision CROW as a center of excellence for education, collaboration, research and treatment of native wildlife. We have a commitment to the One World/One Health concept, which emphasizes a collaborative approach to the interrelated health of animals, people, and the ecosystem.

TOTI Magazine: Is there anything else we should know about -- upcoming events, you, etc?

Barron: CROW has a number of programs available for visitors to learn more. Our Visitor Education Center is open Monday through Friday (Open Saturdays January through April) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are daily presentations at 11 a.m. (also at 2 p.m., January through April) on a range of topics including “Wildlife Rescue 101,” “Owls of Southwest Florida,” and “Baby Care at CROW.”

In addition, we also offer Wildlife Walk hospital tours and seasonal programs including our Speaker Series and Lunch & Learn with me.
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    03/01/2018
    07:30PM

    Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/01/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • 81st annual Shell Festival

    03/02/2018
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    The House flings wide its doors (and grounds) for the 81st annual Shell Festival on Thursday, Mar...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/02/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Friday Nine & Dine

    03/02/2018
    03:30PM

    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/02/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Staged Scenes from great works of Opera and Broadway with Steffanie Pearce, professional soloists...


  • Carmen

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Jonathan Edwards

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    In 1971, Jonathan Edwards released a song of protest and independence that began with the lyrics,...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • 81st annual Shell Festival

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    The House flings wide its doors (and grounds) for the 81st annual Shell Festival on Thursday, Mar...


  • The workshop is designed to give students a way to better understand how to draw the figure. W...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Nature Hike

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Join the community on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-3pm for a day of art in Rubicond Park at the Ca...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Songwriter Saturdays

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    The hit sounds and hip artists of Nashville are coming to Captiva Island — as 'Tween Waters Islan...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    02:00PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/03/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Improv Tonight!

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Join us the first Saturday of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational co...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Sanibel Island Farmer's Market

    03/04/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Sanibel Island Farmers Market was established in 2008. It is a favorite outdoor activity for...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Manon Lescaut

    03/04/2018
    01:30PM

    Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/04/2018
    02:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Kid's Cooking Classes

    03/05/2018
    02:30PM — 05:30PM

    Must be at least 8 years old Explore Farm to table cooking Regional specialties & global flavo...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Surfside Sunset Market

    03/06/2018
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    The Surfside Sunset Market is located at The Shops at Surfside. From November through April, the ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/06/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/06/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Rotary Club of Bonita Springs: Weekly Meeting

    03/07/2018
    07:00AM — 08:30AM

    Meetings are every Wednesday morning at the Bonita Bay Country Club. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. a...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Mic Night at The French Press

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM — 09:30PM

    Grab your instrument, warm up your voice, Wednesdays from 6:30- 9:30pm.


  • Audubon Society Speaker

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM

    CROW is honored to have the Executive Director of the Florida Audubon society as a special guest ...


  • Carmen

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/07/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Birdwatching

    03/08/2018
    09:00AM — 10:30AM

    Each Thursday morning, we offer a walking tour to discover the birds of Sanibel Island's East End...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/08/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • 14th Annual Magic Under the Mangroves

    03/08/2018
    05:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 14th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala din...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017-2018 Concert Series welcomes Southwest Florida Symphony t...


  • Norma

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/08/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Friday Nine & Dine

    03/09/2018
    03:30PM

    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Cape Coral Star Gazing Party

    03/09/2018
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Friday, March 9th, 2018 7pm-10pm Free! No flashlights, please. Join the Southwest Florida ...


  • Carmen

    03/09/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/09/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • Community Beach Walk

    03/10/2018
    09:00AM

    Join us for a casual guided beach walk to explore what's washed ashore. Let's talk about some of ...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Nature Hike

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Sun Splash Opening Day!

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Slide into the 2018 season with some fun in the sun March 10th from 10am - 5pm!☺️☀️ Enjoy 14-a...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/10/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • The Black Party

    03/10/2018
    05:00PM

    Sarasota's most exciting all-black-attire event returns for it's third installment. On March 10, ...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Tiefland

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM

    Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near hi...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/10/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...