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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, 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.

Programs:

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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing and selfless. I have watched them save many creatures in a highly professional way. I have been very impressed and cannot imagine what would become of all this deserving wildlife without ECWR. Someone is on call all the time and no matter what the location or the emergency someone is available to help.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learnt so much about the animals since volunteering. It is very rewarding helping these animals get strong and well again to be able to go back to their natural habitat, which is the ultimate goal. I have helped animals/birds here that I would never have encountered in the normal, every day world. And nothing can out weigh those experiences.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and foster parent for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for over a year and they are awesome. With very few employees and limited funds from donors, this organization provides a great service for the communities surrounding it, and the wildlife critters that are injured and/or orphaned!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started when I was 16 as a volunteer. It was the best experience for me. It helped me figure out what I wanted to do when i graduated high school. The summer after I graduated high school I got an internship here. This only influenced my decision for what I want to be even more. I still enjoy coming back and helping out. Working here is a great experience for anyone who likes animals and want to help them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the Refuge since February 9, 2007 which was my very first day as a volunteer. I cannot say enough good things about the greatly needed service they provide to our Wildlife. The Refuge has sought to alleviate the suffering of so many injured and orphaned animals and returned those to the wild and their natural habitat that it would be difficult for me to assess the magnitude of their service.
The staff at the Refuge are knowledgeable, dedicated, and motivated to the welfare of Wildlife. I have found my association with them to be a great blessing in my life. This is an organization that above all else, Loves animals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've brought injured and orphaned native wildlife into this organization for years and am now proud to call myself an active volunteer. Their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife is critical to the Panhandle and they go above and beyond to accomplish that goal. The staff works tirelessly to care for their patients and I have never worked alongside more compassionate caring knowledgeable people.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for a couple of years now. I started as a seasonal volunteer when I was here during the winter months, and now that I am living here full time, I volunteer twice a week or more when needed. The professional staff, Interns and Volunteers are some of the most caring individuals I have ever met. They all are genuinely concerned for the health and well being of all the native animals from the smallest baby hummingbird to the Great Blue Heron, raccoon, or fox. They also are willing to offer advise and answer questions when the public calls about an abandoned or injured critter. The Florida wildlife is in capable, caring hands when the personnel of the ECWR are involved.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for over a year. ECWR has also allowed me to be an Intern for 3 months in Summer 2018 and I am a current member of the Marine Mammal Stranding team. This organization has been such a great experience for me and has taught me a lot about wildlife rehab and education.

2 Judy F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago I found an injured crane in PCBeach, FL. It had a broken wing from a storm that had gone through 3 days before. I brought the crane back to FWB, FL and called the Emerald Coast Refuge and they met me at 8 p.m. in a parking lot and took the crane. The crane's wing could not be fixed so they used the bird to educate children in the area. PS They named the crane after me, Judy!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current intern, the Refuge has definitely given me some of the best hands-on experience with wildlife. There is something new to learn every day & staff members more than willing to help along the way.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern at the ECWR and have learned so much from being here. All of the staff are fully dedicated to helping the wildlife of NW Florida. Everyday I am given the chance to learn something new. The ECWR strives to continually improve animal care and public education and this is clearly seen through the hard-work and dedication of the staff and many volunteers. I am so glad I was able to have the opportunity to work with such a great organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a summer intern here. They do amazing work helping thousands of animals every year. I continue to volunteer with the refuge even now that my internship is over. I have learned so much about animal rehab with my time spent here and have enjoyed every minute that I have spent here.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place for our local wildlife to have. This organization does so much work in rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing as many native wildlife as they can. I used to be a volunteer with them and it was an amazing experience! It is so great to be able to take part in an injured animal getting better and be able to leave the facility healthy. It is so rewarding and I loved every minute of it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in this amazing organization about 3 years ago as a volunteer and now as a docent. In these past 3 years, this organization has had new leadership and has grown tremendously but has kept the same mission and vision intact. The staff is highly educated and knowledgeable and the volunteers tirelessly dedicate their time to this great worthy cause of rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. They go the extra mile by educating the community and youth about the importance of learning about our precious wildlife while also protecting and conserving them. My passion is the love of animals and I am proud to be apart of this wonderful organization. I cannot say enough about the great work Emerald Coast Wildlife is doing for the wildlife and our great community.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ECWR is a joyous organization with a worthy mission of rescue, rehabilitation and release of all native wildlife within the state of FL. ECWR is the only marine mammal standing team for the five northern counties of FL. It is a fantastic experience to be a volunteer with this group.

3 Scott K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Highly regarded and recommended wildlife refuge. Great Mission Statement along with staff rehabilitating animals and returning them to the wild.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

These dedicated folks had almost 100 squirrel babies they rescued and were caring for this summer all with volunteer and intern help and only two wildlife technicians. Well Done

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization filled with folks from all over and all backgrounds all doing good things for our wildlife

1

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar