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CROW names new director

By Staff | Aug 22, 2013

Stephen V. Calabro

The board of directors of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) recently chose Stephen Calabro as its new executive director, replacing Peg Albert who has led the organization as interim executive director since last April.

Calabro will apply his varied experience as a college executive, most recently as president of Southwest Florida College, to his new position. He led the school’s expansion from just one campus to five. Prior to his presidency, he was the school’s executive VP and regulatory counsel.

“CROW will benefit greatly from Steve’s wide range of expertise in finance, staff management and community outreach,” said CROW board president Melissa Congress. “At one time he was the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Coupled with his extensive career in higher education, I expect he’ll help improve and expand our student program tremendously.”

CROW has admitted 2,455 patients so far this year, releasing 782 back into the wild with another 136 pending to be released. Of those admitted, 63 percent are avians, 32 percent mammals and 5 percent reptiles. CROW cared for 3,583 native and migratory animals in 2012.

In addition to treating injured animals, CROW’s mission is to educate the public through its adult and youth programs, wildlife excursions and lectures so the community better appreciates the wildlife who share our planet. The clinic also conducts fundraisers and celebrations that throw the spotlight on the animals they serve.

That’s where Calabro’s past outreach and community affairs involvement with a variety of organizations, including Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association and a 13-year member of the Fort Myers Rotary Club, sets himself apart.

Albert was appointed as interim executive director after Steve Greenstein departed the position in March

CROW was established in 1968 for wildlife conservation medicine and the relationship among animals, people and the environment. The CROW campus, located on Sanibel Captiva Road, includes a 4,800 square-foot teaching hospital in addition to its 4,800 square-foot educational Healing Winds Visitor Center.