The Wetlands Institute is collecting new, unwrapped toys as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Your donations will be delivered to less fortunate youngsters in Cape May County.
When you Keep the Cheer Here, we all win!
First, you support our mission. Then, you support our community. But that’s not it! You can also enter for a chance to win $500 in gift cards (see details).
Dollars spent at local businesses have three times the impact on our community and simultaneously creates jobs, funds more services, invests, improves and promotes Cape May County as a whole. Local merchants return 68% of their revenue back to the community.
And to top off the list of great benefits; by making a purchase you are qualified to enter for a chance to win $500 in gift cards as part of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Shop Local contest!
Here are some of the ways you can support us while crossing names off your gift shopping list:
- Unique gifts from our Tidepool Shop
- Adopt-A-Horseshoe Crab
- Gift Membership
- Gift Card
- Tribute Donation
This year many shore communities were rebounding from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Our beaches and wetland ecosystems were no different. And The Wetlands Institute rebuilt and rebounded as well – and we continue to rebuild to be better than before. There is so much more to do.
At this defining moment, as The Wetlands Institute continues to transform into a center of excellence, we turn to our members and friends – to you – to provide a measure of support that will solidify our foundation and propel us forward to the next levels of our development.
2013 was a transformational year at The Wetlands Institute. We undertook a major staff restructuring effort and added several very talented people to our ranks. We renovated the dormitories to better accommodate new staffing needs and better serve our summer research and education interns.
In mid-September, after Herculean efforts to expedite permitting and construction, we opened a brand new dock that replaces the dock that Hurricane Sandy completely destroyed, and it truly is built better than before. Gifts from you – our supporters made this possible! We have a new dock work station that allows us to expand our research efforts. We are planning a water quality monitoring station that will help us build baseline data sets to better understand the bays and estuary. Our research boats are in the water again. A new Disney Conservation grant will allow us to buy sonar equipment to significantly upgrade our capabilities in terrapin and fisheries conservation. Our education team now has the ability to significantly enhance program offerings to the public and to school groups.
Along with our project partners, we beat the clock and successfully restored Sandy decimated beaches ahead of the horseshoe crab spawning and shorebird migratory stopover. Dedicated philanthropic gifts are fueling the beginnings of our avian conservation work and our research team has been out working with the Delaware Bay Shorebird team to trap and band juvenile shorebirds on their way south for the first time. These birds were given a chance because of the remarkable beach restoration project that we were thrilled to help spearhead and that we continue to work on.
We launched a Return the Favor horseshoe crab rescue program and our staff and volunteers rescued nearly 2,000 crabs. Our Marine Debris program has installed 15 monofilament recycling stations around Cape May County to help reduce wildlife impacts from lost fishing line.
We continue work to reduce terrapin mortality on our roadways and in our waterways. Along with a record number of volunteers, we were able to replace nearly 3 miles of terrapin barrier fencing displaced by Sandy. Our summer interns, staff and volunteers saved 142 terrapins crossing busy roadways and recovered 760 eggs from roadkilled terrapins. Three hundred and seventeen orphaned eggs hatched and are being raised for Adopt-A-Terrapin and other releases next year! This summer, we held 18 public education and school programs to release more than 200 of the babies we reared over the winter.
Our next big efforts are underway. The newly designed elevated boardwalk, in a much better location, with new research and education stations, is in final design stages and work is set to begin. It is imperative that we finish the rebuilding effort before the Osprey return in March – or we forfeit our FEMA grant that will cover a portion of the rebuilding costs. This is a remarkable opportunity to enhance our public education programs, while expanding our wetland research capabilities.
I wish you could be here to see the excitement of our staff as they come up with new ideas to educate and inspire all who visit, and to see the faces of teachers and students as they experience the joys of learning first-hand about the salt marsh and beaches. I am proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to continuing on our amazing journey. At The Wetlands Institute, we are only as strong as our members and supporters. That’s why I’m asking you to support our 2013 Annual Fund Drive to help us to continue the transformation of our programs and facilities. 100% of your gift will fund program enhancements and facilities upgrades and will be put to work immediately.
When you are part of the annual fund donor community, The Wetlands Institute’s many accomplishments and contributions are your accomplishments and contributions. Please give this year. It really does matter.
Thanks for helping us to continue our critical conservation work.
Lenore P. Tedesco, PhD
P.S. Please visit our donation page to to help with a secure online gift.
MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER
STRANDING VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 AT 9:00AM
THE WETLANDS INSTITUTE
1075 STONE HARBOR BLVD
STONE HARBOR, NJ
Sarah Miele, Education Coordinator
or email- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Invasive Species Work Day
We are coordinating a volunteer work day at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary on Saturday November 2 from 9am to 12pm.
We re looking for 10-15 volunteers for work removing vines and underbrush in the bird sanctuary. Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes and long sleeves and be prepared for cold weather. Water will be provided.
Must be able to do manual labor that is somewhat intensive. All tools will be provided. Meet at the bird sanctuary 2nd ave entrance.
RSVP at 609-368-1211 or email email@example.com
The Wetlands Institute has been awarded a $24,450 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes The Wetlands Institute’s efforts to promote appreciation and understanding of the value of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through its programs in research, education, and conservation.
The Wetlands Institute is honored to receive a conservation grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for the third consecutive year. Disney’s support enables The Wetlands Institute to continue and strengthen the positive outcomes of our conservation program for Diamondback Terrapins and their habitat in coastal New Jersey.
This award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund will contribute resources for projects at The Wetlands Institute aimed at diminishing the impact of human related threats such as vehicle strikes, abandoned crab traps, and storm drains to Diamondback Terrapins. Additionally, several innovative programs that educate schoolchildren, college students, and the public on conservation topics related to our terrapin conservation project will be supported by the Disney grant.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit www.disney.com/conservation.
About the Wetlands Institute
The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational and research facility focused on salt marsh and coastal ecosystem preservation. Annually, the Institute educates over 20,000 visitors, of which 6,000 are school aged children. The Wetlands Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation, understanding and stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through programs in research, education and conservation. The Institute was founded in 1969 by the late Herbert H. Mills, (former Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund, and Executive Director of the National Audubon Society), to further coastal environmental knowledge. From its inception, the Wetlands Institute has pioneered a number of research, education and conservation programs about wetlands and coastal ecosystems, and worked with numerous regional, national and international organizations to foster stewardship of these resources worldwide.
The 2013 Intern Symposium was held on August 5 at The Wetlands Institute. This year’s symposium jointly highlighted the achievements of interns with the Coastal Conservation Research Program and Education Naturalist Intern Program. The 2013 Citizen Conservationist Award was also presented to Dr. Mark Logan for his substantial contributions to the Institute’s diamondback terrapin conservation project. To see the symposium program and read abstracts, click here.
Many newly hatched terrapins fall into storm drains every spring and fall as they make their way to the salt marsh after hatching from their nests. This spring volunteers rescued 645 babies from Wildwood Crest and Sea Isle City storm drains!
Volunteers help The Wetlands Institute by expanding the range and number of storm drains that are checked through our Terrapin Storm Drain Rescue Project. To contribute, all you’ll need is good eye sight and an extended net to free terrapins from the drains. The process is simple too. You can check drains at a monitoring location and on a schedule convenient to you. We just require that you fill out and submit datasheets so we are able to identify and target storm drains that prevalently have high numbers of trapped hatchlings.
If you are interested in rescuing hatchling terrapins from storm drains in the South Jersey area, please come join The Wetlands Institute for a Terrapin Storm Drain Rescue Workshop on Tuesday September 10, 2013 at 6:00pm. This hour-long workshop will provide you with a background on our storm drain rescue efforts, teach you how to monitor storm drains, provide you with training necessary to utilize our datasheets, and supply you with the equipment needed to rescue a terrapin from a storm drain.
To register for this workshop, please e-mail Katie Sellers at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number of people in attendance by Friday September 6, 2013.
Geoff is our Featured Artist at the festival and one of Southwest Florida’s finest nature photographers and instructors. Geoff exhibits and sells his award-winning avian images at outdoor fine art festivals from Florida to New Jersey.
Here is an overview of the workshops Geoff will be hosting:
Workshop 1 - Bird Photography Field Workshop
[Time: 3 hours - Cost: $75]
Making good nature photographs in the field is more than just luck: it’s the happy result of knowing your subject, their habitats, and their behaviors. Join Geoff Coe, an award-winning bird photographer and Featured Artist at the Wetlands Institute’s Fall Migration Festival, as he leads a hands-on, three-hour workshop in bird photography.
An experienced teacher and lecturer, Geoff will share tips and techniques that he’s honed over years of successful shooting, with minimal technical jargon and maximum practicality and sense of humor. You’ll learn how to work the light, approach wildlife without disturbing them, proper exposure and camera settings, photographing birds in flight, and more! Minimum lens of 200mm required (the longer, the better).
Email address is requested from each participant: Following the workshop, Geoff will send you a presentation that summarizes key points, tips, and tricks.
Tripod and flash are recommended but not mandatory. Check back for details about time and location.
Workshop 2 - Smarter Outdoor Pictures from your Smart Phone
[Time: 1 hour - Cost: FREE]
Bring your smart phone or basic camera with you for a walk on the Salt Marsh trail and learn how to improve your images of flowers, scenics, and other outdoor images. Check back for workshop schedule.
See Geoff’s work at www.wildimagesfla.com
In continuing with our efforts to restore the bayshore and ensure that our communities and natural resources are resilient, The Wetlands Institute has written letters to our Congressional Delegates to urge their support of a much larger and more comprehensive beach renourishment project than the emergency post-Sandy restoration work just completed.
The letters request that funding for the Middle and Lower Township bayshore beaches restoration project be included as part of federal funding from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. If you would like to show your support for this important issue, let your voice be heard! Join us in our efforts by writing to our Congressman, Senate Representatives, and the Army Corp of Engineers. Congressman Lobiondo has been a supporter of the project and is doing what he can so please thank him for his efforts if you contact him.
You are welcome to use The Wetlands Institute’s letter as a template for your own. Just click the links below to download the file as well as the mailing addresses.
Here are links to the project fact sheets: