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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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 160 endangered sea turtles, 152 protected seals, and 164 endangered terrestrial and aquatic turtles. We have reached over 95,300 people through our education and outreach program. We have welcomed over 130,800 people to our educational visitors center. We have provided hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to over 450 student interns.

Target demographics: sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 114 marine animals; 11,380 participants in education programs; 9,092 visitors to our educational center; 27 student interns; 115 volunteers contributing 20,427 hours

Geographic areas served: Cape Cod and the Islands, Southeastern Massachusetts, Northeast Region

Programs: wildlife rehabilitation, scientific research, and environmental education.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

2, 2.5 stars at best. As a local resident for over 10 years, I used to take my grandkids there every summer but we stopped going last year. The place might do some good for animals and education but it has hardly changed, seems poorly managed and not a good place to financially invest in. The overall rating is highly inflated from 5-star reviews written by people within or closely associated with the organization as a way to hide any review less than 5 stars.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I enjoy stopping by the National Marine Life Center whenever we visit the Cape Cod area. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and welcoming. We are impressed by the excellent care NMLC provides for animals, as well as its thoughtfully designed educational outreach. At the center, the displays are interactive, interesting, and informative. We have watched the NMLC grow over the years and are excited about the work it continues to do so well. Very impressive organization!

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2 Sue S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to visit the National Marine life Center in Buzzards Bay, MA. I was very impressed with the displays and with the tour I recieved from Kathy. I found her passion to be infectious. This was definitely a great experience and i would visit again next time i am in Buzzards Bay.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been going to Massachusetts for many years to visit and volunteer at the National Marine LIfe Center, which we also donate to. NMLC folks do a great job of rehabilitating sick seals and endangered sea turtles that cold stun around Cape Cod in late fall. Though NMLC is not a large organization, the staff, volunteers and interns work tirelessly to rehabilitate the animals in their care. (The patients can be viewed on a monitor in the D.C.) The staff, volunteers and interns readily share their knowledge with visitors to their Discovery Center/Gift Shop. Besides caring for the animals, their veterinarian does research on parasites, and you can see some pretty interesting specimans in the Discovery Center. In Summer there are frequent programs for children to participate in, and it is a great learning experience. I, too, learn something new every time I visit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing this review after remotely viewing the October 23, 2019, seal release at Horseneck Beach. This was done very professionally by NMLC staff and volunteers, including the individuals carrying the cages down to the waters edge, the crowder board placers and guides, the photographers, the public announcer, and the Facebook-live narrator. It very effectively gives a snapshot of some of the work this organization does, including interfacing with organizations along the coast who rescue marine animals, dealing professionally with the condition of the animals when they arrive at the marine hospital in Buzzards Bay, narrating some of the stories about the animals during the (labor intensive) rehab process, and most importantly, sharing in the wonderful result - healthy seals anxious to get back into the ocean. The dedicated staff and volunteers, as well as the organizations, businesses and private individuals who support the work of NMLC can be proud of the tremendous job.
Well done everyone! I am so glad to have the opportunity to participate when I am in Buzzards Bay. Jim

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center does wonderful work with marine animals and providing education for the public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to the National Marine Life Center for many years.
I started going to help with the development and fundraising for NMLC
I worked with Jeff Luce. He tirelessly worked for the NMLC.
Now that it is up and running I try to go weekly to see it in action.
It fills me with pride to see it functioning so well.
I still volunteer with fund raising. All the staff at the NMLC are wonderful and very helpful to visitors.
I would encourage anyone near or far to visit the National Marine Life Center and see for themselves.
Paul F. McAlduff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a professional and committed group of Veterinarians, staff and volunteers !! National Marine Life Center in Buzzard’s Bay, MA. is dedicated to the rehabilitation of seals and turtles while also focusing on community education. Thoroughly enjoy my time volunteering !! Deborah

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the National Marine Life Center for over four years now, and I am still amazed by the sheer passion that every single member of the NMLC team shares. Every single employee, volunteer, intern, and everyone else display unmatched passion for animal welfare and environmental justice, and I am proud to have been helping with those missions for as long as I have, and hope to continue into the foreseeable future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I had a chance to visit NMLC on our way out to the Cape. The environment was welcoming and the staff knowledgeable. In addition to the many new things we learned in the Discovery center, we had an opportunity to speak to the director who gave us a mini-tour and spoke to us about the great work they do in rehabilitating vulnerable turtles and seals. Very personable and wonderful experience to share with my son!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kathy took the time out of her day to give my family and I a tour. We had a great time and learned many new things. It was fun and educational, two things that I have always tried to stress with my children. But, it was also informative for me. A win- win for all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We got a personal behind-the-scenes tour of this admirable facility from one of its senior staffers when we paid an unexpected visit to this underadvertised gem. Science and compassion for endangered marine species was manifest by everything we saw. While it was significantly smaller scale than our Chicago Shedd Aquarium, it was thoroughly impressive. When we met with its personable and knowledgeable CEO she proved to be an excellent ambassador for her organization. We highly recommend it as a side trip visit for anyone we know who is planning a trip to the Cape Cod area.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NMLC is a true delight! I've visited several times, each time with members of my family and friends. The friendliness and knowledge of the staff exceeded all expectations. The work they do also exceeds all expectations. It is a delight to visit and enjoy the gift shop at the end of a journey into the life of the sea world, especially knowing they are rescuing creatures and enabling the continuation of the natural cycle of life. And as much as kids delight in NMLC, we adults are right there with them!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMLC is an incredible organization that not only rehabilitates with a goal to release stranded or injured seals and sea turtles, but also strives to educate individuals of all ages. Our family was introduced to the center as the center was just beginning its mission. We have always tried to help support their goals over the years through volunteering and donating when possible. Our daughter fell in love with sea turtles when in pre-school and happily enjoyed the many educational opportunities offered as a young child. She then started to volunteer for NMLC while in middle school caring for small animals (Box turtles, Red-Bellied Cooters, and Diamondback Terrapins). She continues her volunteer work, and as she prepares to graduate from high school this year, we can't be happier that such an incredible, positive organization has helped support her personal growth. NMLC has helped her grow and develop a positive appreciation for giving back to her community and supporting our environment. The staff and volunteers go above and beyond every day as animal care providers, educators, and advocates.

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3 Sarah N.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The national marine life center is a fantastic place! They do amazing work. I have loved watching them rehabilitate turtles and watching them be released back into the ocean. It’s so phenomenal to watch that. They care so much for the animals. They are great with kids, helping them to understand what affects these animals and what they can do to help them. Visit them, and watch them love their mission every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Marine Life Center is not only a great organization helping rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles. They have an amazing Discovery Center that helps teach the public about our Marine Environment and to how better care for our World!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The people in this organization are selfless and so hard working. They put in countless hours, sometimes 24 hours a day, to care for the marine animals in need. The scientific work they do not only provides care for the animals, but provides important insights to our ecosystem and human medical issues. We are fortunate to have them on the East coast to assist with baby seals that have been left abandoned by their mother, or wounded seals and turtles that need medical attention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group of dedicated, hardworking and passionate volunteers, interns and staff. They work tirelessly to rehabilitate marine mammals and turtles that have been injured or become sick. Providing these patients with medical treatment and whatever care that will lead to their release back into the ocean.

Additionally the National Marine Life Center provides educational programs for the public to help raise awareness of our nearby marine environment.

It’s a pleasure to be associated with such a worthy organization that provides such a critical role in meeting the needs of marine wildlife

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer on the Animal Care team for over a year. It was a wonderful experience. The work and respect for the animals is top notch and an irreplaceable resource . In these environmentally troubled-times they are a beacon of hope. Please keep the NMLC going with your support and be a voice for the creatures that need us.
NB

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have loved the experience I have gotten at NMLC! I have learned so much from gaining hands on experience during my time here. It is also such a rewarding place to volunteer at getting to be part of successful releasing native wildlife back in to the wild.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is a real need in coastal Massachusetts for what NMLC does. They are the only local organization that takes in stranded, sick and injured seals for rehab and release. Hopefully, they will eventually be able to take in dolphins. They also take in cold-stunned, critically-endangered sea turtles for rehab and release, partnering with Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay and the New England Aquarium. The pressures from human populations have made the oceans treacherous for marine life, and the work NMLC does is making a difference. Their public outreach and educational programs involve the local and wider community, and their fundraisers are fun and make the local community of Buzzards Bay feel a part of the mission to save the oceans! There is a visitors' center where the public can learn about marine life and the work that goes on at NMLC, and where they can watch the animals in the rehab facility on closed circuit monitors. The lab does research and, thanks to the veterinarian staff, connects them to the wider scientific community. Also, there are many opportunities for internships and, as with most nonprofits, a wonderful crew of hard-working volunteers.

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3 Molly W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMLC has held a special place in my life for the last year and a half. This organization provides incomparable internship and volunteer opportunities working hands on with marine wildlife. For a small staff, this non-profit relies heavily on its volunteers which allows the people involved to learn quickly and participate in countless opportunities. The public education NMLC offers is fun, interactive and inspiring. From observing specimen in the Discovery Center to joining a drop-in education program provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about our native marine life and initiative to live sustainably. This organization is an essential part of the community and resource to help animals in need, primarily impacted by humans. I encourage anyone to check this place out!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The national marine life center is an amazing non-profit. They have a rehabilitation program caring for hundreds of marine animals per year! One of my favorite parts about the National Marine Life Center is their education program. Everyone and anyone can come in and learn about sea life and health, and they also have a bunch of programs for different ages. Super friendly staff and volunteers, amazing opportunities and a fantastic nonprofit organization. Everyone here is very passionate about this organization. The national marine life center has shaped my life, causing me to find the career of my dreams within marine life and science!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center provides a very unique opportunity not only in helping our marine life through rehabilitation and release but in learning and educating others. They serve the community and the field of Marine Sciences with the knowledge learned through hands on animal care. As not only a donor but a volunteer on the animal care team as well, I am very impressed with the exceptional service to the animals and community they provide. Nice work NMLC!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work this organization does is outstanding. Not only do they work hard rehabilitating marine wildlife, but they also have wonderful educational programs in their discovery center. I brought my 4 year old granddaughter over the summer and the staff did a wonderful job explaining how the National Marine Life Center performs examinations of the stranded animals when they come in. It was a great learning experience for us both!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kathy and the staff at the NMLC are making a difference in the lives of all that they touch. From the children they educate with their STEM programs to the rehabilitation of seals and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, one of the most endangered in our environment. Pleasant and helpful staff do a great job sharing information about the work they do at the discovery center on Main street in Buzzards Bay.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Efficiently run, clean facility, quick recovery and fantastic staff!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work done by this organization is amazing! Rehabilitating Sea Turtles and Seals is truly incredible given the limited number of resources they have. The volunteers and staff are so passionate about the work they do It makes me proud to help support this organisation.

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4 Annabel Charlotte G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to work, educational, staff/ fellow employees so sweet,

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Poorly run non profit. Don't let their so called "mission" fool you. Director and staff (not volunteers or interns) are rude, mean and ask the volunteers to outright lie to the public. I have no idea how they have received so many positive reviews... They need a new director and to get rid of her henchmen too!

3 Ghornor

Advisor

Rating: 5

The NMLC is one of the greatest marine life organizations in New England. They do terrific work with zoonotic diseases, researching various diseases. They also do a lot of great work with cold stunned turtles. They are very caring and a great resource for the community.
They also do a LOT of education in the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NMLC is a fantastic non-profit. They are truly dedicated and use every resource available to take care of the seals and turtles. Kathy is a superb leader and the staff and volunteers are amazingly dedicated! Their scientific research enables the community to learn about the animals through research into zoonotic diseases. The seals and turtles health is often reflective of the health of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound.

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5 Jesse M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NMLC is a wonderful organization located near the Cape Cod Canal. They have a nice visitor center for the public to visit, and they are one of only a few organizations in all of New England working to help injured marine life. I have worked with Kathy and other staff members of NMLC for years, and respect their passion for protecting marine life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Truly an extraordinary charitable foundation , dedicated to the wellbeing of turtles and seals. I was privileged to be granted a tour of the facilities and meet the kind and talented people who dedicate their time to these animals. I was humbled by their knowledge , commitment and generous hearts. Their mission is honest, caring and worthwhile ...please, if you are looking to make a difference in the research and care for these animals this is THE place to make a donation.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center, Inc. provides critical services on Cape Cod. Not only are they leaders in the rehabilitation of our beloved native marine animals, they provide necessary education and disseminate facts about the health of our marine environments and marine animals. NMLC forms a bridge between the scientific community and the general public, drawing an important link between ocean health and human health. They are on the forefront of understanding what impacts these marine animals face in the wild, and work closely with the community to educate on how we all as individuals, can help to reduce these negative impacts. NMLC is an incredibly valuable organization and their presence is absolutely critical to Cape Cod, an area so rich in wildlife diversity on land, air and sea. Bravo NMLC!

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center is a tremendous asset to the Cape's wildlife and community. The organization rehabilitates and releases stranded marine animals and takes the opportunity to learn from each case.

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5

Donor

Rating: 5

We had a chance to visit the National Marine Life Center during an August 2018 trip to Cape Cod; what a wonderful, conservation-minded organization rehabilitating seals and turtles stranded on the Cape. The visitors center highlights the life cycle and lives of these marine creatures and their impact on the Cape Cod/Atlantic Ocean ecosystem. Very engaging experience- and we especially enjoyed watching the rehabbing seals and Etta the Kemp’s Ridley Seal Turtle at lunchtime on the viewing cams. We even “adopted” Lindsay the terrapin. A gear organization!

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Marine Life Center is truly amazing--its three-fold mission is so critical, and for what they are able to do as a (very) small non-profit led by an incredible staff and fabulous corps of volunteers is phenomenal. even after serving in the Air Force for 25 years, volunteering with NMLC now that I'm retired has been one of the most rewarding experience of my life.

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6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had a great experience with the National Marine Life Center. As a volunteer I have never had any issues and have always been treated with respect. They do education programs for the kids and make it a fun place to learn. Now as part of the staff team I am still respected and treated fairly. We have a strong team of very knowledgable people from volunteers to Interns to the staff members. Its a great place to visit and to work in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at the National Marine Center are professional and dedicated. They inspire the volunteers and interns who work there. Morale is high despite the heavy workload this summer caring for 13 harbor seal pups. Six of which were released August 16. Two of the three Kemps Ridley sea turtles that were cared for this summer were released on August 21. The seal and turtle releases are what we work towards and they are well attended by youngsters, parents, grandparents, relatives, and other bystanders. The on call veterinarians are top notch. The intern experience is well rounded as animal care interns are also involved in the youth educational programs that NMLC puts on during school vacations and all summer long.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Staff turnover at the end of 2017 lead to a great lack of skills needed for this organization to grow. Very disappointed in how their volunteers are treated. Their staff lacks appreciation for the hours donated by the volunteers who play out their mission and work. The staff is rude, unfiltered and extremely unprofessional.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the NMLC for over a year now and it is one of the most rewarding activities I have ever done. I believe that you can not save or protect an animal that the people do not know exists. We are teaching young and old that these wonderful creatures do exist and even more trying to explain their place in 'our world'. We are privileged to live on Cape Cod where the opportunity to catch people's attention for all sea creatures is maximized. We also are in a great education and research center. We are able to take advantage of these centers such as Woods Hole and Mass Maritime. We did a series of CT scan on one of our sea turtles who managed to eat part of his tank equipment. Turtles do everything slowly; it took a month to pass. The students at Mass Maritime are our constant helpers. They do everything from painting walls to water control testing. And they always have a smile on their faces. It is definitely a cooperative experience with all parties concerned, The marine animals with which we work are connected to all the other parts of the ocean and land. What effects them eventually effects us all.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering at the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) for 2-1/2 years, and are so impressed at the dedication and resourcefulness of NMLC staff and volunteers. When staff members come in on their own late at night to check on a turtle being rehabilitated, that is genuine concern for the welfare of that animal. And, when a staff member comes up with the solution to install temporary tanks, when the building housing the tanks unfortunately failed and had to be demolished, that is amazing resourcefulness. With the present economy, it has been a struggle acquiring the funds to finish the new hospital, but the staff persevere in following any grant or donor option. And, from the response for donations that are coming in, many people besides NMLC staff and volunteers realize how important it is to have a marine hospital located in Buzzards Bay, nearer to the animal strandings that routinely occur on Cape Cod. We have been present at the release of endangered/special concern head-started northern red-bellied cooters, diamondback terrapins, and rehabilitated kemp ridley sea turtles that we helped care for. The number of young and old spectators at these releases is astounding, indicating people really do care. Along with booths at fairs and festivals, NMLC staff and volunteers promote the love of nature, marine animals and science to school children. It is this new generation who will need to become involved to make sure these endangered animals do not disappear.

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