CROW executive director to retire at end of the year
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and its board of directors recently announced that Executive Director Linda Estep will retire effective at the end of the year.
“It was a very tough decision for me to make, but I am confident it is the right one,” Estep, who has served as executive director for the past four and a half years, said. “I am excited for the future of CROW and plan to participate actively in a volunteer capacity.”
Since becoming the executive director in July 2014, she has helped CROW grow as an organization and state-of-the-art wildlife hospital. By working to increase awareness and support through the community, Estep has helped increase the annual operating budget by nearly 60 percent allowing the hospital to improve the medical care for Southwest Florida’s wildlife through research and conservation medicine.
Under Estep’s lead, CROW also initiated an endowment fund to ensure a future of care for native and migratory wildlife. Improvements to the Visitor Education Center, including live animal exhibits and live feed cameras of the hospital and treatment areas, have made CROW one of the top places to visit on Sanibel.
“Linda’s love for wildlife is truly inspiring to everyone around her,” Board President Dave Nichols said. “Her leadership at CROW will be greatly missed by the employees, students, volunteers and CROW supporters who have had the opportunity to work with her.”
A successor has been chosen by the board, but not yet named due to current employment.