SANIBEL, Fla. — Sad news from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).
Their founder Shirley Walter has recently passed away due to causes unrelated to the Coronavirus.
CROW says in 1968, shortly after the Sanibel Causeway was built, postal worker and island resident Shirley Walter found a Royal Tern, which had been hit by a car on the causeway.
Finding no services available for injured wildlife, Shirley took the bird to her Sanibel home. A small group of volunteers joined Walter, and CROW was born.
Shirley’s passion for helping wildlife is carried on by the hundreds of students, volunteers, and staff members she inspired over the years, including the current staff veterinarian at CROW, Dr. Robin Bast, who remembers her time with Shirley fondly.