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April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

My experience began with this wonderful group about 8 years ago when I found an injured Pelican on the beach in an area about 20 miles from their refuge. As they instructed me how to capture it and give it initial care, then made arrangements to meet me half way to pick it up, I knew I wanted to become involved with such a dedicated, caring, professional group with a mission that is very close to my heart. I have watched this group go from mostly all volunteers working out of a warehouse, to a group with highly knowledgeable, educated staff members and volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their time to the worthy cause of not only rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife and marine mammals, but educating the community and youth about the importance of learning to live amongst our precious wildlife while protecting and conserving them.

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

forming a highly knowledgeable, educated group of staff members and volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their time not only rehabilitating injured/orphaned wildlife and marine mammals, but educating their community about wildlife conservation.

Ways to make it better...

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

This organization is run extremely well, especially considering the lack of financial resources it needs to function.

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

The life-long friendships I've made with caring people who share my enthusiasm and appreciation for wildlife.

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

Highly knowledgeable, compassionate, educated staff members and volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their time to this worthy cause.

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

Realize it's goal of educating our youth and community through blended school programs, camps and public natural exhibits while providing quality care and rehabilitation to it's indigenous wildlife and marine mammals.

Ways to make it better...

There were sufficient funds to back the day-to-day operations and care for the rehabiling wildlife. I have seen many a volunteer and board member reach deep in their pockets to keep the facility operational.

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

Getting the support it desperately needs from the community and it's leaders.

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

I hope that we can educate our local and state leaders about the importance of such a group in our community and find funding to be essential for it's future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 9, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 9, 2010

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is a worthy organization and provides a valuable service to the Northwest Florida "Emerald Coast" by providing rescue, rehabiliation and release of native wildlife. In addition, they serve an educational purpose in the community with their outreach efforts in the areas of wildlife care and conservation. I am proud to be associated with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge located in Destin, Florida.

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

the rescue and care of marine strandings and other native wildlife.

Ways to make it better...

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

want to see it's continued growth and prosperity.

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

Learning about wildlife care and conservation in the Emerald Coast.

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

Knowledgeable, expereinced, compassionate, and courteous, and friendly.

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

Make a big difference in the community with outreach efforts as to wildlife care, "green" issues, and conservation.

Ways to make it better...

I had more free available hours to donate to the Refuge!

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

The economy and the decrease of charitable donations by the public to non-profits due to the current depressed economy.

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

Thank you, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for your many years of service and dedication to wildlife and conservation!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

I have been volunteering at the wild life refuge for nearly three years. I can honestly say that I have never met another group of people who go so far above and beyond to take care of the wildlife that comes through the doors. Not only are the amazing people, but they are wonderful friends.

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

nature and the wildlife population.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing.

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

helping animals.

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

exceptional.

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

get a larger facility and accept even more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I could attend more frequently.

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

money and space.

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

this is the best wildlife care facility in the florida panhandle.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

ECWR has been providing a terrific service to the local area since 1994. I have been involved with the marine mammal stranding network through ECWR for the past two years. We are authorized through National Marine Fisheries Service to respond to calls about injured or dead marine mammals in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, and we also collaborate with other federal agencies to serve this effort on parks and military lands in the region. This effort is very time consuming and expensive, but it yeilds important information about causes of animal deaths, disease concerns that might impact human health, and environmental changes such as red tides that affect a wide spectrum of marine life. ECWR is a focal organization in collecting data from marine animals that state and federal environmental managers use to monitor our coastal health, and this service is invaluable.

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

the gain of local knowledge and appreciation for native wildlife and marine animals through the frequent outreach and education programs provided by the organization.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

An all-around outstanding organization! I've worked with this group for 10+ year in varying capacities. As a testament to my belief in the ECWR's mission and goals, it's professionalism and it's desire to educate the general public, I've remained involved even though I moved out of state six years ago. Under the capable leadership of Executive Director, Amanda Wilkerson, I've watched the ECWR go (and grow) from a tiny handful of volunteers who worked by trial and error to a very respected and educated group of professionals.

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

education of the general public, growth in credibility, governmental agency support, professionalism, field-wide advancements in wildlife education and rehabilitation to the point of being a benchmark for similar organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope that I could come even close to bringing it to the point that it has reached.

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

watching its growth and goal attainment, a greater personal respect for the natural environment and its inhabitants through hands-on work and the fact that it will probably always be the most important and contributory thing I've ever done with my life.

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

in a nutshell, incredible. They're professional, educated, compassionate and committed.

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

change the world! It could change the majority opinion regarding conservation and education for the planet's wildlife and natural environment.

Ways to make it better...

the public had been more supportive of an organization who provided so much to the community.

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

educating the general public and lack of funding.

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

I can't say enough good things about this group. It has been the most rewarding, heartbreaking, wonderful, beneficial, frustrating and awesome thing I've ever been involved in and I am a better person for the experience. It changed my life & perspective.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 6, 2010

I am constantly amazed at the knowledge, expertise, dedication and passion of both the staff and the volunteers. Their commitment to saving the lives of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife is above and beyond the call of duty. On call 24 hours a day, no animal in need goes without.

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

the fact that they rescue approximately 2000 animals yearly, of which, many are near death and they have an above average success rate in releasing them back into the wild.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the friendships developed in sharing a passion for saving wildlfe.

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

dedicated, knowledgable, friendly, and enthusiastic.

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

save so many more lives and be able to provide more permanent homes to animals that can't be released. They would also be able to expand their education programs and to be open to the public for everyone to enjoy the animals.

Ways to make it better...

we didn't have to constantly struggle for funding.

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

financial restraints. Unfortunately animals are somewhat low on priorities especially in a tough economy. Wildlife in particular are many times considered a nuisance and folks can't get that warm and fuzzy feeling about animals that can't be handled.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 6, 2010

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is a dedicated,hard working organization. I have seen the building and infirmary. They are very organized, knowledgeable and caring. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native Florida wildlife. It is such a thrill to see a bird of prey fly off after healing an injury at the refuge. It makes all the work and efforts worthwhile.

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

build buildings on its new property which would allow them to open up to the public and further educate the public about the refuge's goals and also how people should react to animals in the wild.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 6, 2010

I previously worked as a docent at the Zoo, Northwest Florida. I had no idea that another docent position awaited with such a an organization as dynamic as the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Its staff is highly dedicated and educated, its goals ambitious and far reaching and its volunteers extremely dedicated and hard-working. I feel privileged to again serve as a docent and grateful for the education I am receiving. This is truly an outstanding organization.

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

I have seen the quality of care given the animals on a daily basis. I have seen/experienced the response of the public upon seeing and hearing about the organization and exposure to the education animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to grow the organization so that more animals could be cared for and larger facilities could provide the public with more exposure to the organization.

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

Knowing that the time spent volunteering makes a difference in the animals' lives.

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

Extremely knowledgable and dedicated.

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

This is an organization located in a relatively small area and money in smaller amounts would be well used and well received.

Ways to make it better...

I could not imagine a more rewarding experience.

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

Space and funds.

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

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be involved with this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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