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Riverhead Foundation For Marine Research and Preservation

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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research. The Riverhead Foundation operates the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program in New York State and is the only organization authorized to do so. The Riverhead Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of seals, sea turtles, whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Riverhead Foundation’s Rescue Hotline, 631-369-9829, is a 24-hour phone line the public may call when they discover an animal in need of care. The Riverhead Foundation’s educational efforts are dedicated to informing the public about our marine environment and its preservation. The Riverhead Foundation also engages in research and is conducting an extensive marine mammal and sea turtle abundance study throughout New York State. The Riverhead Foundation relies on public support in the form of donations to carry out our mission. The Riverhead Foundation also relies on the public for its dedicated force of volunteers.

Results: We have been able to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of marine mammals and sea turtles! We also deployed a team of biologists in the past year in response to the Deepwater Horizion oil spill and were able to save hundreds of oiled sea turtles.

Target demographics: Marine Mammals (Seals, Otters, Dolphins, Porpoises, Whales) and Sea Turtles

Geographic areas served: New York State, USA

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Riverhead Foundation accomplishes so much given their limited resources. Even after losing a few grants, they manage to do everything they set out to do. The staff there work SO HARD; they are constantly inundated with tasks but manage to stay afloat. I think they have great public outreach, a wonderful volunteer program, they even work with students at Stony Brook University and teach classes, not to mention they are very knowledgeable when it comes to marine animal rehabilitation!! I can only imagine what even greater things they could accomplish if they were given more grants. It truly is a remarkable place that I am honored to have been involved in.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Riverhead Foundation is wonderful! They save the lives of countless marine creatures and are caring and compassionate. My family & I travel for over 2 hours to see the releases and we find it exciting and rewarding to watch every one of them. We never get tired of it! The staff and volunteers are awesome and deserve to be commended.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am always impressed with the work and dedication that the RF puts forward. The staff is incredible and the volunteers have huge hearts and enthusiasm for knowledge and sharing it with the public. I hope everyone on Long Island visits and joins them in their continuous pursuit to make the waters healthy and safe for people and marine animals alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always loved the water, animals, and efforts to conserve both. I found the RF late in 2012 through a Cold Stun Lecture and while there learned of the many ways in which I could be involved in supporting such a great organization. During my comparatively brief volunteering time, I have already learned so much and now try to put myself in a position where I can share that info with others. I love promoting the Adoption Program to schools & kid's groups. Now my favorite places to help out are at the releases, in the Butterfly Exhibition Center, in the Cold Stun Lectures and Mock Strandings, and in the Seal Cruises. I've also had the opportunity to attend a Leatherback Turtle necropsy and a Rescue Team Orientation and to talk to passerby's at fairs. There is so much to do that one can never be bored, only inspired! A really cool place to go to learn about the waters that surround this Island, our home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Staff and volunteers work endlessly to preserve and protect marine mammals and sea turtles in New York waters while educating and teaching the public what their role is in making sure ecosystems and habitat prosper for future generations to enjoy! Volunteering for The Riverhead Foundation in fulfilling their goals has given me the tools to teach others and myself how to be sensitive to the world and all the living things that surround us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for this organization for 20 years. The work they do has always stimulated me. They are responsible for all marine mammal and sea turtle strandings for NY State, which includes seals, whales, and dolphins. They are highly regarded by similar stranding organizations across the eastern seaboard for professionalism and dedication. The sea turtles found in Long Island waters are deemed by national and international authorities as threatened with extinction. The work the Foundation does is a struggle against that pressing fate for species that have lived on this planet for millions of years and are now in peril. I have "baby sat" a young ailing dolphin in a snow storm, while searching for ways to keep it wanting to live. I have held a harbor porpoise afloat while fearing that the next heartbeat I felt with my fingers might be its last. There are few words that can describe these experiences. My efforts as a volunteer have contributed to their mission in many ways. I'm proud to be a part of it.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Riverhead Foundation is an amazing not for profit. In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating marine life, they educate the public through seal cruises, adoption of the marine animals and release of rehabilitated seals, turtles and others. The volunteers are extremely dedicated and the heart and soul of the organization. If you have the opportunity attend one of the releases where you will see dozens of adults and children cheering on the healed patient as it returns to the sea. It is heartwarming and something that you need to experience to truly understand the organization. They also place a GPS like tracking system on select seals and turtles so if you go to their website you can track the location of the animal until the device eventually falls off.

Donor

Rating: 5

You are all dedicated and work so hard!! You make a tremendous difference on Long Island and save so many helpless animals!! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many Seal and Turtle releases over the past several years. I am always amazed at the great care that is taken by the workers and volunteers at these events. The foundation is truly dedicated to the preservation of these animals that reside in the waters around us. I have also visited the hospital area and seen first hand how well these animals are cared for. I feel this organization is deserving of the support of all who love animals and want to see them continue to have a long and healthy life in Long Island waters.

Donor

Rating: 5

My third graders and I have "adopted" rehabilitated sea animals from the Riverhead Foundation for the past several years. The students recycle bottles, and donate the money to help pay for the medical care and food needed during rehabilitation of seals, turtles, dolphins and whales. The Riverhead Foundation does an amazing job in rescuing stranded sea creatures in the Long Island area and caring for them until they can be released into the wild. The best part is getting invited to the releases! I have been present for many releases and some of my students and their families have been there to experience it with me. There is nothing better than seeing an animal released back to their natural habitat, knowing you helped be a part of it. Thank you Riverhead Foundation for preserving our wildlife!

Danica W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had experience with the Riverhead Foundation both as a visiting member of the public at their center in the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center and as a volunteer, and I can confidently say they are a great organization to be a part of. The work they do to protect marine life is great and they offer great programs and education services to raise public awareness. I have donated to the Foundation multiple times and will do so again because I completely trust my money in their hands and I know it is going to a good cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Riverhead Foundation is an amazing foundation that truly works for the preservation of the marine life on Long Island. They have a dedicated and caring staff that do a wonderful job of rehabilitating the animals. They are excellent on fundraisers, and even do seal and turtle releases for the public. My business has contributed to this organization every year and we will continue to with all of the good work they have done.

Joseph31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They give the best care to their animals and then when they are well they release them back into nature.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Riverhead Foundation!! I am updated constantly on the seals and turtles that they save and care for before being re released back into the ocean! We love to visit the aquarium, and see the fabulous work of their dedicated volunteers first hand. They are a much needed and much loved organization working every day to save marine animals who are injured or sick, usually due to some kind of man made hazard (plastic lines in the ocean, trash, etc.).

Donor

Rating: 5

A staff of extremely dedicated people helping all marine life. They study each animal and are so informed about their particular needs and in turn can convey that info to the public. Wonderful rehabilitation and release programs.

Marci5

Donor

Rating: 4

I am so impressed with the dedication and passion that is the driving force of this wonderful not-for-profit. Above and beyond the rescues they do, they keep all of us so involved with the personal stories they keep us informed about for each animal they rehibilitate. I know that I always feel a personal connection to every animal they take under their care. I am so thanful that they are so full of heart and treat each animal with care, comfort and respect.

Joanne43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the Foundation at work rehabilitating injured and sick marine animals. I have been there when they've released these animals after they have been brought back to health. It is indeed a wonderful and much needed organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across this great folks while visiting Riverhead a few years back. I was born and raised here on LI, and cherish the waters and marine life that surround me and realize that they are precious. While strolling one of our beaches I encountered a seal that was in the dunes well away from the shoreline. I didn't know what to do and didn't want to cause any further harm to it. Thankfully, I had added The Riverhead Foundation to my contact list, just in case, and sure enough, I was told they were already on their way! I was so relieved, knowing that this little baby would be in the best hands. I learned later on on facebook, that she was indeed, being monitored and expected to be released. I didn't attend her release, but have been to others and it is a truly emotional experience. The folks have hearts of gold and are a blessing to all of us here on LI. If I win the lottery, I would make sure The Riverhead Foundation got a nice big check. May God Bless them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Riverhead Foundation is unique in its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild marine animals in the Long Island and New York area. I am originally from Long Island and have never lost my connection to my roots. Currently I live in Wisconsin and have visited their facility. The dedicated staff are devoted to the animals that they are helping. One summer I was fortunate enough to witness the release of a harbor seal that had been rehabilitated. It was an inspiring and moving experience. There were so many people there to cheer the seal on as she returned to the Great South Bay. I realized I wanted to support this important work and have been a dedicated donor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I made the decision to volunteer with this organization due to the many efforts I have seen in the past, and couldn't wait to be a part of it. I have never met the most kind, caring and EDUCATED staff and volunteers in my life. Each and everyone is dedicated to saving and rehabilitating marine life, along with educating the public. From the top biologist Rob, to the office staff, Joann, Ally and Kim, to the volunteers I have worked with, all and every question are answered in a professional way, with tons of knowledge behind it. I have volunteered with other organizations, but have found this is where I belong. Proud to be a part of the Riverhead Foundation, and looking forward to learning all I can!!