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reTURN the Favor Walk Leader

The Wetlands Institute is adopting several beaches in Cape May County to rescue stranded Horseshoe Crabs through the reTURN the Favor program. We need pairs of volunteers to conduct walks, follow program protocol, and collect and submit data. Training and schedule will be provided.

When: May – mid-July. Sites may require early mornings and nights.
Eligibility: Adult Volunteer. Able to walk on sandy beaches, follow protocols, record data, and interact with the public.
Required Commitment: Minimum 1 walk/week for 4 weeks.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact research@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability. For a schedule of reTURN the Favor walks and training events, visit returnthefavornj.org.

Terrapin Barrier Fence Maintenance

We have over 4 miles of barrier fencing along Stone Harbor Boulevard that helps prevent terrapins from making hazardous road-crossings. The fencing is most effective when it is securely in place and free of weeds. We could use the help of a few volunteers to help keep our fencing in good shape.

When: May – August.
Eligibility: Adult Volunteer. Willing to work in hot, buggy conditions around poison ivy. Equipment will be provided.
Required Commitment: 1-2 days a month.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact research@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability.

Monarch Ambassadors

The southern migration of Monarch butterflies comes each Autumn! In conjunction with the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project, we need your help in collecting data, tagging butterflies, and sharing information about Monarch migration with people you meet while conducting these studies. As a Monarch Ambassador the research work will involve simple point counts and tagging Monarchs with special color-marked tags.

When: September – October
Eligibility: Adult Volunteers. Must be able to stand at a designated point for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Required Commitment: At least once a week throughout the season.

To get involved in this volunteer opportunity, please contact sslotterback@wetlandsinstitute.org with your volunteer interest and details on eligibility and availability.