Our Mission Statement
Save Coastal Wildlife’s mission is to:
1) educate the public about our biotic coastal environment along the Jersey Shore and to provide educational resources that promote stewardship and encourage a better appreciation of marine-estuarine biodiversity and ecosystems;
2) to conduct citizen-science research that will improve our understanding of the systems, patterns and interactions between coastal habitats and imperiled, but important species that help define local coastal ecosystems; and
3) to conduct community based habitat restoration projects with an aim to restore and improve particular coastal habitat that has been degraded over time from poor water quality, habitat fragmentation or erosion, and at this time creates unproductive conditions for a variety of coastal plants and animals to thrive.
We will collaborate with other nonprofits, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies, and individuals whenever possible to advance SCW’s mission.
About The People Behind Save Coastal Wildlife
Save Coastal Wildlife (SCW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife preservation organization created in 2017 by environmental educators and conservationists. We are based along the Jersey Shore in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
In 2017, founding board members of Save Coastal Wildlife realized there was a serious need to create a new environmental wildlife nonprofit organization along the Jersey Shore that would seek ways to educate an ever-growing and diverse public about the biodiversity of coastal areas, monitor and conduct citizen-science research projects on coastal species and related ecosystems, and create programs for the public to help restore estuarine-marine habitat.
Save Coastal Wildlife is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to educating people about the protection and conservation of marine wildlife that live, migrate, spawn, and feed in or near the coastal zone, with a particular focus on the Jersey Shore (from Raritan Bay down to Delaware Bay).
SCW focuses on local issues in the New Jersey area and collaborates with various individuals, businesses, and private, government and non-government organizations to achieve its many goals. From our citizen science research and restoration projects, and educational outreach activities, we work to educate people for the need to protect the ospreys, horseshoe crabs, diamondback terrapin turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, seahorses, sea turtles, sea stars, seabirds, shorebirds, sharks, shellfish, menhaden, blue crabs, bluefish, blackfish, baitfish, weakfish, striped bass, winter flounder, and the other unique coastal marine wildlife.
All fundraising events help support SCW's many projects and activities related to educational outreach, research, and restoration. SCW is an all-volunteer nonprofit, so 100% of all donations goes back into the work we do on behalf of protecting coastal wildlife.
At present, there is a shortage of environmental organizations existing in New Jersey with our unique assembly of coastal activities, even though the Jersey Shore supports a large and diverse natural environment including nesting or spawning habitat for horseshoe crabs (a species that has a moratorium in place on its harvest due to limited population numbers in New Jersey), diamondback terrapin turtles (a species of special concern in New Jersey), ospreys (a New Jersey listed threatened species), striped bass, menhaden, and river herring (varieties of fish that are highly managed due to fluctuating populations) and a variety of water birds and shellfish; and is an integral link in the migratory path of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea turtles, and monarch butterflies (many species of whales and sea turtles in New Jersey are listed as endangered or threatened, while other species of marine mammals face many threats along the Jersey Shore including over-fishing of their prey, collisions with boats and jet skis, entanglement in fishing nets, and oil spills).
Save Coastal Wildlife devotes the balance of our time towards education: informing the public, both children and adults, about the protection and conservation of New Jersey’s coastal wildlife. Our tax-exempt activities related to education include hands-on science education, in contrast to "formal" education through classroom instruction and curriculum development, as well as citizen-science research and monitoring of essential coastal species, then sharing this knowledge with the public and using the information to improve the public’s understanding and approaches to coastal wildlife education and preservation. Research collected from our many projects is used to enhance the public’s understanding of our unique estuarine-marine wildlife.
We hope by sharing information with the public, more people will be inspired to learn more about the coastal environment and help protect it.