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EMERALD COAST WILDLIFE REFUGE INC
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I pick up injured and orphaned wildlife to bring to the refuge for care; I foster a variety of baby wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits, songbirds and opossums during the critical period when 24 hour care, feeding and nurturing is necessary.; help with fu.