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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is Education, Conservation and Rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida''s natural fauna.

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The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is a lead response team for the Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network, assisting with all marine mammal strandings from central Walton County west to the Alabama state line. The refuge stranding team is trained to stabilize and transport distressed marine animals and sea turtles. Stranding Center staff is instrumental in collecting data and samples for use by state and federal agencies for important research and tracking.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar