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

Rating: 5 stars  

The National Marine Life Center in Buzzard's Bay, MA is fulfilling a crucial need in marine life rescue, rehab and conservation. They have turned an old hardware store building and warehouse into a modern facility for the intake and care of stranded sea turtles and pinnipeds, with the goal of release back to the wild. They are one of only a few organizations in the northeast that does this. The team of science and husbandry staff, medical staff, interns and the many dedicated volunteers puts in long hours and works hard for each animal. They work in a field where there are quite a few unknowns about marine animal health, stressors, behaviors. The team applies what they learn from the survival, or unavoidable death, of each animal to develop successful care protocols.
The facility has a prominent presence on the main street of the town. Education is a priority. The visitors' center is inviting, full of interesting marine animal objects and interpretive materials, plus live animal cams so visitors can watch the behind-the-scenes care of the animals. The veterinary lab has a full window facing the visitors' center, so people can watch the biologists at work.
Before COVID, there were classes for kids and families, workshops for teachers, tours of the animal care facilities and summer science camps for kids. During COVID, NMLC is maintaining contact with the public through zoom and social media. And I'm pretty sure visitors can have COVID safe visits by appointment.

Role:  Donor
 

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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  General Member of the Public