Want To Help With Stranded Animals?

Want To Help With Stranded Animals? The Wetlands Institute and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center will conduct a workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., to train volunteers to help with stranded animals. The workshop is free and open any adult who lives within about 20 minutes of a beach; it will be held at the Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor. Reservations are required; call the MMSC, (609) 266-0538 or email them at mmsc@verizon.net

The workshop includes a power-point presentation of various animals the MMSC works with, as well as an interpretation of the handling and transport of these animals; a hands-on demonstration of the equipment used and how to substitute equipment if the need arises; and an overview of the federal and state laws that govern the care and handling of these protected species.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center has responded to over 3000 strandings of marine mammals and sea turtles throughout New Jersey and neighboring states since 1978. In 2005 the Center set records for both number of overall strandings in a year, as well as the number of seals.

Additional volunteers are needed to help with more than 1500 miles of coastal waterways in the state, especially in remote areas where it often takes the MMSC staff several hours to reach an animal that has beached.

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