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World Bird Sanctuary plans public memorial for Walt Crawford

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Walter Crawford. (Courtesy: World Bird Sanctuary, Facebook)

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The World Bird Sanctuary will host a celebration of the life, work and legacy of its founder, Walter Crawford, at Ballpark Village on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 9:00-11:00am.

On Friday, July 17, Crawford, died of complications following routine surgery. He was 70. The public memorial service will celebrate his life and conservation efforts with presentations by the Boy Scouts, U.S. Military, government officials, sanctuary leadership, board members, volunteers, family, and friends.

Parking is complimentary for all who attend the memorial. Registration is not required but is requested. Guests can RSVP at the World Bird Sanctuary’s website.

Crawford founded the World Bird Sanctuary in 1977 with the guidance of wildlife naturalist, Marlin Perkins. The sanctuary went on to become the only avian organization which offers environmental education, endangered species breeding and release, wildlife rehabilitation, field studies and habitat management consulting.