Education, Conservation and Rehabilitation

for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna.

Welcome

The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. Run by caring staff and dedicated volunteers, the ECWR is a 501(c)3 non-profit with headquarters located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

We are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses.

ECWR provides wildlife rescue, rehab and environmental outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida. The Refuge rescues thousands of animals a year working closely with local law enforcement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect, treat and release native species. The Refuge also is the lead response team for the Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network assisting with all marine-mammal strandings from mid-Walton County to the Alabama state line.




We Need Your Support

Reconciling the needs of humans and the needs of others that share our planet seems an unattainable task; however, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff, volunteers, and members have a profound belief in human possibilities.

From the smallest communities to multinational efforts, it takes just one individual, one action, to inspire others who will continue to advance and meet our goals. It’s your turn to be that one individual. It’s your turn to take that action.

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january 2018

sat13jan9:00 am- 12:00 pmVolunteer Orientation9:00 am - 12:00 pm Okaloosa Island Public Safety Center (fire station), 104 Santa Rosa Blvd., FWB 32548

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