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Review for National Marine Life Center, Inc., Buzzards Bay, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many releases of head-started and rehabilitated turtles.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. The current staff is very dedicated, successfully working with limited resources.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to see the results of our help in head-starting and rehabilitating the turtles upon their release.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all hard working and helpful, having the common goal to help marine animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the animal hospitals, which not only would help save turtles, but also seals, dolphins and small whales.

Ways to make it better...

NMLC's investor/funding sources had not been affected by the economy, which delayed the opening of the new hospital.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

acquiring funds to complete all phases of the new hospitals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we always were concerned about the environment, but volunteering at NMLC has made us much more aware of why we should be.

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Role:  Volunteer & Animal Care/Facilities Volunteer.