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Wildlife Refuge open to the public

Wildlife Refuge open to the public

It’s been years in the making, but for the first time ever Saturday, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge was able to welcome visitors to its brand-new facilities in Holley.  Crowds of people turned out to make donations to the nonprofit and to explore the learning center and outdoor spaces during the official grand opening ceremony on […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge critters settling in at Navarre location

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge critters settling in at Navarre location

After nearly three years, it’s official. With tears in her eyes, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen jumped for joy watching as the last vehicle of the convoy from Okaloosa Island pulled into the refuge’s new home on Clopton Circle Nov. 10. In tow were the sick, injured and abandoned wildlife in […]

Refuge asks public to name owl ambassador

Refuge asks public to name owl ambassador

Members of the public will have a chance to name the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s newest animal ambassador as part of a fundraiser for the nonprofit animal rescue organization. Executive Director Carol Andersen said the currently nameless bird is one of two great horned owls that will call the refuge’s new location in Navarre their […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening Dec. 7

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening Dec. 7

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s board of directors voted this month to set the date for the Refuge’s move to its new campus just north of Navarre in Santa Rosa County Nov. 10. A public grand opening will follow Dec. 7, at 9 a.m., at 3051 Cloptons Circle in Holley.     Read the full […]

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

Refuge receives grant for marine mammal rescue, research

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) has received a grant of nearly $251,000 to support the Marine Mammal Stranding Team’s efforts to rescue and research some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most endangered species. ECWR executive director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the grant award caps off a yearlong effort to secure the funds through the […]

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Wildlife Refuge postpones grand opening

Advocates and rescuers of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) were set to cut the ribbon on a brand-new, expansive wildlife rehabilitation and education complex in Navarre Saturday. But that has been postponed indefinitely.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Nonprofits throughout Alabama and North Florida are vying for a portion of $125,000 in grants to be awarded as part of Wind Creek Hospitality’s Partners in Progress Video Contest. Among the 92 organizations that applied are two nonprofits based in Navarre: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Outreach Navarre Inc. d.b.a. Weekend Food Program. Read the […]

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge grand opening on horizon

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge plans to open doors on its new Navarre facilities June 15, welcoming visitors and assisting sick and injured wildlife in the area. Work to bring the nonprofit to Holley has been underway for years, and the shapes of buildings have emerged over the fence line of the vacant land along Clopton […]

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Wildlife Refuge raising the walls on new location

Workers poured concrete foundations Dec. 3 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s (ECWR) new medical facility and education center located in Holley, bringing the nonprofit a step closer to opening their doors to the public for the first time. ECWR Executive Director Carol “Stormy” Andersen said the current schedule puts their grand opening for the […]

Wildlife refuge secures development order

Wildlife refuge secures development order

Plans to construct a wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education center in Holley took a big step forward last week as the county issued a development order for property along Clopton Circle. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge director Bill Andersen said the order means the organization is one step closer to building a new home to facilitate […]

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Interns at refuge help wildlife, gain skills

Caring for the roughly 2,000 animals that come through the front doors of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge each year is more than a full-time job, and the students who make it happen do so without pay. Board member Carol “Stormy” Andersen said she is incredibly thankful for the refuge’s internship program. Read the full […]

Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service builds stronger community

Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service builds stronger community

From providing free civil legal services to building wildlife habitats, dozens of volunteers lent their skills and labor Saturday for Santa Rosa County’s third annual Day of Service. The event is put on through Santa Rosa County’s Emergency Management and SAFER Santa Rosa program each year. Read the full article in the June 7 issue […]

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

West Navarre students among wildlife poster winners

Elementary students across Santa Rosa County lent their artistic talents to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge last week as part of the organization’s poster contest. Students from every elementary, intermediate and primary school in the county were invited to compete. Read the full article in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

RED Day goes wild at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge got a helping hand last week as Keller Williams employees throughout Navarre took a break from selling real estate to give back to their community. Roughly 30 volunteers clad in red T-shirts worked power tools, trimmed brush, painted logos and installed animal closures for the future location of the rescue organization […]