Environmental Interest Groups Make This Paradise
Once you’ve been on your first river tour with us, you will quickly come to understand why we take such pride our little stretch of history. But with every attraction, there is also an inherent responsibility to protect it for years to come. Groups around the region with specific environmental interests are what keep the scenery in frame. Turtle watch groups help preserve hatchlings and their chances at life. Their efforts are responsible for the survival many endangered species. Sea turtle nests – protected by staked off perimeters -mean survival for some of the millions hatchlings that are lost to predators and accidental disturbances. The Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida is such a group. Experts in their fields, veterinarians, rehabilitators and other specialists came together under one common idea. The majority agreed that little or no care was being given in an appropriate manner to injured wildlife in the region. In the beginning stages, the WRCNEF was limited in its range of operation. Since it’s operations began in 2003, they have come to serve Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. They have achieved such success while keeping WRCNEF an entirely volunteer-based organization. They receive zero funding from any level of government.
“To ensure respect for all wildlife through education and conservation, while providing orphaned, injured and displaced animals with a second chance at life,”
~ WRCNEF mission statement.
There is little in the way of experiencing wildlife scenarios for a kid living in the iconic crowded suburb. With a wealth of information at their disposal, the coalition’s main goal is to open a wildlife education center in the Jacksonville area. Here, they could educate youth on how to exist in harmony with their surroundings. The group also believes that with centralized location for operations, there will be a new draw of volunteers, researchers, rehabilitators, and veterinarians. There is a very reasonable list of objectives the coalition wishes to achieve through its efforts. First, they want to put a system into place that will offer aid to those whom come across an injured, distressed, or displaced animal. Far too many instances have occurred where timely assistance could have saved a life but there were no resources to provide that care. Second, the coalition seeks to maintain a top notch facility for the treatment and care of distressed wildlife. Thirdly, the group will seek out areas best suitable for re-releasing patients back into their natural scene. Those objectives along with the recruitment of new volunteers and an educational format are a recipe for something Northeast Florida needs desperately.
The Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida goes out to a fight which has long been in need of a little tenacity. Our once thriving planet needs to be given our undivided attention. As our communities grow, forcing our borders to push into the wild habitats around us, we clumsily disrupt a natural state that has kept life abundant well before we dared trespass. Once flushed out of their comfort zone, these animals are far more likely to suffer injury as they wander into high human traffic areas. In doing our part to volunteer at the WRCNEF, or another like minded non-profit, we will piece together the restoration of the planet that’s given us all refuge. You may visit the WRCNEF at www.wildlifecoalition.com or call the hotline at (904) 779-5569.
Kids love to discover wildlife. Treat them to our Shrimping Eco Tour starting June 9. (learn more…)