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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After a year & a half volunteering, these folks continue to amaze me with their efforts & caring both for the volunteers & animals they rescue. Last summer, I added volunteering at fairs; the people you work with & meet are terrific. I added some wonderful folks to my friends list on the East End. It all serves to balance my life here & continue to spread the message of the Riverhead Foundation for they truly care about animals & people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This fall I wanted to find a new volunteering opportunity which would bring me closer to people who were positve thinkers and at the same time, make a difference in my life. I ran in the Ridley 5K and signed up to be a volunteer. I also had been a cold-stunned turtle volunteer for 3 winters. This Fall, my husband found a cold-stunned turtle, while I was at work, as he walked the beach near our home. He called me and I immediately called the Foundation. Julika sent James to the rescue and with the help of another man at the beach, they lifted the 120 pound Loggerhead turtle into the truck. Unfortunately upon arriving at the marine hospital, it was determined that the turtle has already expired at sea.
This experience has been the most wonderful of my life. The atmosphere at the Foundation is always positive and fun. People with whom I work both volunteers and staff are incredibly nice, caring individuals. I have made friends there which was important as I am new/old to the area, having grown up on the East End many years ago. The organization itself is terrific and we are truly dedicated to helping marine mammals.

Barbara R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had nothing but the most amazing experiences volunteering for the Foundation this past year. The work and dedication of everyone is nothing short of amazing!

Lauren W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truely amazing. The work they do helping New York's marine mammals and sea turtles is wonderful. I have had the pleasure working/volunteering with the foundation for about a year now and have enjoyed every minute of it! Keep up the good work guys and you will always have my support!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

They do great work but have a bit of a scam mentality when looking for "volunteers". They openly solicite for volunters for the foundation, and are very friendly right up until they get their orientation fee. Then it's: volunteer for the aquarium, and maybe after a year there, they might, emphasis "might" ask you to join the team at the foundation. Before they get their fee, they make it seem like it's a sure thing that you can volunteer at the foundation after doing your time at the aquarium. After they get their fee, they don't want to know you.

ellenhawk

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These good folks at Riverhead Foundation are the REAL DEAL, They do what they say they do, RESCUE & REHABILITATE & RELEASE and great educational programs as well.

They have excellent communication with their supporter and donors . If you call a human picks up the telephone and can answer your questions.

I am just fed up with most of these national conservation organizations always with their hands out and after years have a only track record of proven ineffectiveness and failure.

Riverhead Foundation uses its money wisely. if you want to make a difference and really save lives of marine mammal and turtles this is the organization that deserves your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Several times now, I have "adopted" an animal from the Riverhead
Foundation for Marine Research. The adoption was always for a gift for someone. This last adoption was for a seal named Cupid, which we adopted for an 11 year old girl. She was so overwhelmed that she "got" a seal for her birthday. We went and visited him at the aquarium and she cried when she had to leave. The people at the foundation were wonderful to work with to set these adoptions up and the packages always were received pretty quickly. I will continue to support this foundation in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but good experiences with the Riverhead Foundation. They are dedicated to their cause and create interesting and fun ways for donors to help save marine wildlife. I fully support what they do and hope that more people get inspired to help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I absolutely love and wholeheartedly support the Riverhead Foundation. After meeting its Director and several staff members, I was so impressed by their dedication and compassion for the injured animals that they rescue and bring under their care. Their enthusiasm to educate the public about their mission and raise awareness to the plight of these creatures is palpable. It's wonderful to learn about a successful rehabilitation and release, but so heartbreaking to hear of those cases when all the dedication and expertise in the world was simply not good enough to save a life. It's not an easy job, but they do it with unadulterated passion for helping our ocean friends.

The staff at the Riverhead Foundation are wonderful role models for children and adults alike and I applaud their efforts to assist these wonderful creatures when they're in distress and they are their last resort.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am most impressed with the dedication and passion of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research; as well as inspired by the dedication I have witnessed from the individuals involved. It is refreshing to have found an organization that truly cares. I am able to smile with pride knowing that this organization is in my backyard, here on Long Island, New York. Thank You for all the work you do!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer and now I am a general member of the public. As both, I am most impressed by the dedication of the individuals involved in this organization. They are professional and caring people who are not nearly compensated enough for their efforts. I was able to work with them behind the scenes and be a part of the team. I was always impressed by the level of commitment exhibited by all the members of the Riverhead Foundation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We really enjoy working with this professional group of individuals. Over the years we have shared ideas, enhanced and improved the techniques used on both live and dead marine animals. A fantastic group of people!

Wendy S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Riverhead Foundation during a family trip to Atlantis Marine World Aquarium last October with our daughters.I was amazed at the information I learned from the volunteers and staff regarding the foundation's program.The pride and dedication displayed by these wonderful ,caring people left a tremendous impression on my family and to know that they are willing to help an animal in need anytime of the day or night is a wonderful thing.I was so impressed with Riverhead that I have adopted 2 of their patients since and have become a member.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a Family Deluxe Membership for years. My entire family love to go to the Aquarium. It is educational and enjoyable for a days outing. It is very clean for the fish and visitors. The staff are polite and knowledgeable. My grandson and son visit each summer from Phoenix Arizonia and the first plan on the agenda is the Aquarium. Members receive a discount on purchases. My grandchildren love it there and have learned to appreciate the sea animals more than ever!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recall walking on the beach in Montauk when I came upon a stranded seal that wen to Riverhead.

The Riverhead Foundation were amazing in their caring and re-releasing of the seal which I "followed".

Happy ending for all, as it's a sad world today that conservation does seem to be waning.....

Go Riverhead, you're fantastic!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Although I live in Texas, I visit family in New York once or twice a year. I have been to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research (known to my family as "The Aquarium") many times and have enjoyed the visit each and every time. The aquarium is small enough to not be overwhelming; it can be seen without hurry in half a day. My kids and I enjoy all of the exhibits, but we especially like the seahorses and the enormous sea turtle. Feeding and touching the rays is a treat for all ages. We are always interested in the animals who have been rescued and their stories.

The Aquarium can get crowded. I suggest going as early as possible, and on a weekday if possible.

Kathleen N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have "adopted" two animals from the Riverhead Foundation. The information they sent me was very informative and they do great work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks serve a critical role in this area and they do so in a friendly and professional manner. By allowing the public to participate in releases my children have learned about our local Marine Mammals.

I once had to call these folks to rescue a cold-stunned seal and they were on the job in no time. Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research is a fabulous organization well deserving of both your digital support and your fiscal support.