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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The National Marine Life Center rehabilitates and releases stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

Results: To date, we have cared for 132 endangered turtles and 6 protected seals. We have reached over 43,400 people through our education and outreach program. We have welcomed over 85,900 people to our educational visitors center. We have provided hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to over 375 student interns.

Target demographics: sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles.

Geographic areas served: Cape Cod and the Islands, Southeastern Massachusetts, Northeast Region

Programs: wildlife rehabilitation, scientific research, and environmental education.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the NMLC for over ten years in a variety of roles from volunteer to Board member and now Chairman of the Board of Director's. NMLC has come a long way and has cared for numerous wounded and sick animals, nursing them back to health so that they could return to the sea. Now more that an ever the NMLC is needed to help these magnificent animals who are being exposed to 'our' calamities on a daily basis.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a local public high school teacher of environmental sciences, the staff at NMLC have been and continue to be extremely supportive over the years. Staff at the NMLC have continued to be active on my school program's advisory board twice a year. The NMLC have also opened their facility to support student projects and encourage and promote student interest within the field of marine sciences. Also,the NMLC facility is a great addition to the revitalization of

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at NMLC for 3 years. during that time I have seen the good that they have done for the wildlife of the Cape Cod area. I have seen NMLC develop from a collapsing warehouse to a new almost open state of the art facility.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited their facility for the first time over this past weekend and was amazed by the importance of what they do in terms of providing full rehabilitation services to marine mammals and turtles, including highly endangered species. Not only do they provide these services but they are the ONLY facility in the area where the strandings occur. They are in the process of completing a renovation that will allow for a much greater capacity and will include a tank suitable for a pilot whale! In addition, they will now be able to take in dolphins and many more turtles. They are not a top-heavy organization and provide quality care where otherwise, in some cases, none would be available. I am extremely impressed by this and as a 20+ year, full-time resident of Cape Cod, very grateful that they are here to support some of our most exquisite wildlife.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting the NMLC since last year. The kids love seeing all the turtles and the displays. Story and crafts with interns in the summer is fun and educational. I've also brought my cub scout group to learn about conservation and how to take care of an oil spill. They run a great program for kids and I've recommended NMLC to all my friends!!

Review from Guidestar

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the National Marine Life Center since Nov. 09. They are a great organization that could really use this donation. Not only to keep educating the public about the Marine life but to also open the hospital they are building for the rehabilitation of marine animals. I have seen people coming into the discovery center and the kids and parents are really happy to learn and see the different things available to them. There is really nothing like it around.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NMLC works hard to bring awareness about marine animal health, and to rehabilitate injured sea animals. The NMLC seems to do a lot with a little; the economy has hit organizations hard but they still keep going on the work that they do so well. My 3.5-year old son is always asking to go to the education center to visit the turtles. It's a great place.

Review from Guidestar

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the NMLC for the last three years as the Construction Manager for the facility. I am extremely impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the staff. I strongly recommend them for consideration of your dontation to a worthy cause.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with NMLC for two years and was part of the community effort that helped get them established there in downtown Buzzards Bay more than a decade ago. Although they struggled for years with funding issues, they now represent a wonderful lifesaving resource to stranded marine animals throughout Cape Cod. The new facilities are first class, they have mobilized a network of dedicated professionals to lead the board of trustees, and the staff is top notch – talented and caring. With the largest number of stranding occurring in this area, this marine animal hospital and educational facility is perfectly positioned to involve many volunteers in the inevitable rescue efforts, advance the science of marine animals and save the lives of stranded animals.

Review from Guidestar

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

Nothing is more frustrating than going to check on a marine mammal, discovering it really needs care, and having no space in any care facility on the Eastern seaboard to take the animal. Second to that is having to drive an animal in a truck or car for hours to get it a rehabilitation facility. Seeing both of those scenarios firsthand proved to me that we need the National Marine Life Center and its marine mammal and turtle hospital so much here in southeastern Massachusetts. NMLC helps educate residents and visitors on these animals and what they mean to our environment; it will soon provide the facility and rehabilitative care many of the animals in our waters need; and it advances research in order to drive conservation efforts based on sound science. These are reasons I do whatever is needed to help the NMLC achieve its goals and mission each week.

Review from Guidestar