CROW holds Annual Membership Meeting

SANIBEL, Fla., (March 30, 2018) -- The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) held its 2017 Membership Meeting at CROW’s Visitor Education Center on March 28, 2018.  Those in attendance included members, staff, and the board of the directors.

The agenda consisted of the introduction of new and returning board members and a review of 2017 achievements. 

CROW is pleased to announce the election of five new board members (pictured left to right with Board President Dr. Dave Nichols): Lynne Birdt, Edgar Burton, Amanda Curran, William Horvath and Dan Murphy. 

Lynne Birdt, originally from Los Angeles, California, is a graduate of Northwestern University. She spent her accounting career in the motion picture industry, continuing after her move to Fort Myers in 1991.  She has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Lee County Women’s Tennis League.  Lynne and her husband were volunteers for the mounted patrol at Malibu Creek State Park where they encountered an abundance of wildlife. 

Edgar Burton is originally from Mississippi, but has called Sanibel home since 1991. A graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, Edgar has practiced Architecture on Sanibel and Captiva Islands since 1995. He is a former deacon at the Snaibel Congregational United Church of Christ, and currently serves on the City of Sanibel’s Contractor Review Board.

Amanda Curran, a Southwest Florida native, has been in the Title Insurance Industry for over 20 years. In September 2009, Amanda opened Superior Title on Sanibel and continues to own and operate the business. She is an affiliate member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors and Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

William Horvath, a native of Chicago who has lived with his family on Sanibel for the past three years, is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in engineering. He earned a MBA in Management of Technology from the University of Connecticut and has spent over 20 years working in heavy manufacturing, mostly serving the automotive market.

Dan Murphy was born in New Jersey, but has been a Florida resident for 40 years. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Business Administration and earned a MBA in Marketing from Virginia Tech. Dan and his wife have been Sanibel residents for 11 years, and they purchased Huxter’s and Sanibel Spirits in 2014.

The 2018 board officers are:  Dave Nichols, DVM, President; Rob Lisenbee, Vice President; Paul Ben-Susan, Treasurer; and Diane Bean, DVM, Secretary.

Returning board members are Christine Attardo, Jeff Haungs, Cathie Lewis, Jeff Powers and Kelley Provo, Esq.

Dr. Linda Estep, Executive Director, and Dr. Heather Barron, Hospital Director, presented CROW’s 2017 highlights:

·      At the Visitor Education Center exhibit upgrades include the Children’s Discovery Area, the ‘Be a Wildlife Veterinarian’ Children’s Area and additions to the live animal exhibits.

·      At the Wildlife Hospital, 4,236 wildlife patients were admitted: 55 percent birds, 37 percent mammals, and seven percent reptiles. More than 1,400 patients, approximately 33 percent, were released in 2017.

·      CROW weathered a malevolent force named Hurricane Irma thanks to the hard work of staff, students and volunteers.