National Marine Life Center, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews 103

Issues: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street 120 Main Street Buzzards Bay MA 02532-0269 USA

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.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-3290276
508-743-9888
http://www.nmlc.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was at NMLC the day we received our first patient-a cold stunned and barnacled Loggerhead turtle named 'ECO'. I helped carry 'Eco' to the healing tank where 'Eco' spent months regaing strength and putting back the wieght needed to return to the ocean.

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2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my students who have volunteered at their facility.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to conduct business as is!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching their progress

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated to their organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

complete proposed constructiona and continue to give back to the community and environment.

Ways to make it better...

they had the funding to provide paid cooperative employment to students.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

donations and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to working with the staff at the NMLC in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful and fully devoted to their jobs. The staff puts in many more hours then they are paid for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about the role they play in rehabilitating the marine mammals and turtles that strand on the beaches where I live.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Ways to make it better...

The construction was complete and the tanks were populated.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

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!!

Ways to make it better...

Donations to continue the hospital work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the rehabilitation of the turtles and the teaching they do with the public. People don't just come in once they keep coming back to see the progress of the hospital and the patience that are there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much. They could complete the hospital for the marine life and do so much more in the community. They are always having classes for the kids on school vacations and they have internships. I know they would use the money very wisely.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the turtle releases and watching the successes of the releases via their web tracking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not be able to do nearly as good of a job as who is running it now! :)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interest it sparks in my young son, both with the center and in caring for the environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, friendly, and energetic. The staff and volunteers were happy to answer any questions I had about the work of the NMLC.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finish and enhance it's animal hospital.

Ways to make it better...

the centers hours were expanded.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising in this economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to seeing the animal hospital finished.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their detail-oriented input into the design of the new facility.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated to the cause, very intelligent and a pleasure to deal with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a world class marine animal treatment center and an educational facility that would benefit the public.

Ways to make it better...

There was more funding available for this important function.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization is worth investing in.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of the staff and other volunteers. They are involved in every part of the effort from pulling stranded marine animals out of freezing water, to raising money at charity events, to teaching school kids about the ocean environment. They love what they do and it shows.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderfully committed to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the stranded dolphins and return them to the sea.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its ability to rehab turtles and advance science and conservation efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do just what we are doing, and hope others would see the value in our efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and care the staff and volunteers have for these animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, willing to go the extra mile, dependable, and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the care needed for every needed turtle and marine mammal in southeastern New England.

Ways to make it better...

we could have raised the funds to open the hospital sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the needed dollars to finish the hospital and to keep it running. The economic decline has pitted non-profit against non-profit, making it difficult for everyone to achieve its goals and succeed in its mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is a serious need for this type of facility in this area of the world. And this organization can't operate without its donors and its volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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