support personnel. The organization offers memberships (almost 2,000 currently), provides a variety of ways for persons to fund honor and memorial gifts, and can assist with will, annuity, trust, life insurance or other planned giving strategies. But the most visible — and certainly most delicious and enjoyable — chance you have to help CROW is the annual “Taste of the Islands,” which is now celebrating 33 years of success and last year raised more than $60,000. Carie Beeman, CROW Marketing Director, notes that the event draws roughly 4,000 folks to feast upon “signature” foods and desserts from approximately 25 participating restaurants, complemented with music and drink. This year’s even is November 9, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. In the end, CROW’s role today — on Sanibel, Captiva and potentially worldwide — is more essential than ever. “Conservation medicine is a really important fabric to this community,” Dr. Barron notes, “not the least of which is because

tourism is huge business here. We’re trying to be a lot more proactive regarding disease monitoring, research and education.” Dr. Linda Estep, who has held a variety of volunteer positions with CROW over 15 years, and now serves as Interim Executive Director, agrees. “The people who are here have a lot of heart, whether they’re on staff or volunteers. They love CROW, they love everything it stands for and everything it accomplishes. When people become part of this organization, you sense the dedication and commitment.” { Center for the Rehab of Wildlife (CROW) 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Rd. Sanibel, FL 239.472.3644 }



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