Marine Mammal Care Center, Volunteer Opportunity!

Come down and learn about the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, your neighborhood city. This is your opportunity to see if you have what it takes to become a volunteer working with marine mammals up close and personal. You can make a difference in the world and certainly in the marine world. You've seen the seals out on buoys and in the waters of Long Beach and other marinas and possibly had the experience of seeing these amazing animals out at sea. You may have had the experience of seeing these incredible marine animals up close, enjoying life in our waters and throughout our Channel Islands. Well, now they NEED your HELP! These kind hearted injured mammals need your assistance in their rehabilitation and care, if your willing, please help them! The Marine Mammal Care Center helps care for and rehabilitate mainly seals but also other marine animals like dolphins when they are sick or injured. Now they need your assistance and help. You can make a difference in a seal or dolphins life.
http://www.youtube.co... This event is an opportunity to learn about our Southern California waters and its inhabitants and how you can have the opportunity to participate in their care and rehabilitation. Last year we cared for a record year of over 560 animals and we anticipate another difficult time this year for our marine friends and their environment. With all the human impact we exert on the marine world it is effecting their environment but you can make a difference by helping them. I am sure you are aware of the problems in the Gulf of Mexico with the BP oil spill, but these types of problems move much farther away from just there. From Malibu to Long Beach to Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, these animals are at constant odds to both natural and human impact and they really need your help in their survival. Come down to this event, get a behind the scenes tour of the facility and find out how you can have the opportunity to become a volunteer to directly work with and help in the rehabilitation and release of the marine animal life of our local waters. I personally have been working with these pinnipeds from sea lions and harbor seals to elephant seals and Northern fur seals and even dolphins for the past two years and we are really in need of additional volunteers to help in this upcoming season. This is the perfect time to come down and learn and get experience working with these animals before the next generation of pups are born and are really in need of your help. Now is the time and you just might be their salvation to survival. I look forward to seeing a lot of our members that can come down and commit a little bit of their time in the support, care and rehabilitation of our friends of the sea so that they can be rescued and rehabilitated to return healthy and prosper in the open oceans of our waters! I look forward to seeing a large committed group come down to support this worthwhile cause. Trust me you will find it to be one of the most incredible and rewarding opportunities of your life! And I am extending this opportunity to all members of the Explore Long Beach Group to become participants and supporters. See you all here at The Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort Mac Arthur in San Pedro on September 19th at 1:00 PM. If you think you might be able to commit as a volunteer please print and fill out this Volunteer Application and bring it with you. They will also be provided for you at the event. But you are under no obligation to sign up as a volunteer by coming to this event. It is only an orientation and tour of the facility. But we do encourage your support!
Volunteer Application

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanx for the tour. Worth while place to volunteer.

    September 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    organized tour, powerpoint, and scheduling. Initially hard to find though!

    September 20, 2010

  • Victoria

    Quite the turnout! Thanks to all who came - perhaps ~100. We may have overwhelmed the MMCC staff with such a large turnout! Thanks, Lance. The MMCC did notice the power of the internet and an active group with active members like XLB.

    September 20, 2010

  • Lance

    Thanks for the great turnout and your support! I am looking forward to working with a lot of you as new volunteers at the Marine Mammal Care Center. Thanks for all your support and a fabulous day!!!

    September 19, 2010

  • Lance

    A really big support for the Care Center would be to bring down to this event needed supplies for our care facility if you can. We are in need of the following:

    Roll paper towels, toilet paper, light corn syrup, antibacterial dish soap, Comet/ Ajax, powder laundry detergent, household bleach, 33gal trash bags, recycled copy paper (standard paper) and bottled water.

    Please bring something if you can!!!!

    Thanks for all your support! I look forward to seeing you all on the 19th at 1:00PM.

    September 14, 2010

  • Lance

    If you know you might be interested in volunteering please print this Volunteer Application and bring it with you. These will be provided for you at the event to sign up but it will speed things up if you already have it filled out. But please know that you are under no obligation to sign up as a volunteer at this event. This is just an orientation and tour of the MMCC facility.

    http://www.marinemammalcare.org/pdfs/VolunteerApp.pdf

    September 9, 2010

  • Lance

    Please sign up for the Marine Mammal Care Center After Event if you will be joining your XLB friends for cocktails and socializing after this event. Please sign up as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for the location based on the number of participants.

    September 8, 2010

  • Lance

    If anyone can't make it on the 19th there will also be an orientation at the same location on Monday the 20th at 1:00PM. Please note that these orientations are not very often so please do your best to make it on the 19th or the 20th.

    September 8, 2010

  • Mark D

    Lance....this sounds great, and thank you for doing what you do there. Unfortunately, I can't make the time right now, but it's certainly something I'd want to consider in the future. How often does the center have volunteer recruiting events like this one? When should we mark our calendars to keep an eye out for this again? Thanks.

    September 7, 2010

  • Lance

    Kids are welcome to attend but they will not be able to participate in the behind the scenes tour or an after event. Please be sure that if you are are bringing your children under 18 years of age and wish to participate in the behind the scenes tour of the facility, that they will have to remain outside the fences unattended for about 20- 30 minutes. They will be able to observe but not participate. So please choose accordingly if you are bringing children.

    September 7, 2010

  • Lance

    We certainly encourage kids from an education stand point. We certainly encourage their education in the marine world, but in order to actively volunteer you must be over 18 years old. I'm very sorry for this, but please understand it is for everyone's safety which is one of our primary concerns.

    September 6, 2010

  • The LTLFLD Family :.

    Can I bring my almost 9 yr old son with me?

    September 5, 2010

  • Lance

    Certainly come down lauren orr, and since you live in San Pedro, I am sure you will find this to be a great opportunity.

    September 5, 2010

  • lauren o.

    Do you still need more volunteer? If so, I'm up for it..live in San Pedro so just down the street!

    September 5, 2010

  • Lance

    There will be an after event with drinks and food but to be determined where and posted to those that RSVP "Yes"!

    September 4, 2010

  • Lance

    Please come dressed as a seal, Just kidding!!! Seriously, it's totally casual no dress code at all! But please wear at least a shirt and shoes! You will only be observing the operations and animals at this point, but if you become a volunteer there is some requirements for needed attire, like rubber boots, a slicker and gloves. But you will learn all about this at the event! Please just come casual and comfortable for this event. There is no dress code!

    September 4, 2010

  • Tandee

    Lance:

    What's the dress code for this event?

    September 4, 2010

  • Lance

    Yes it will be on the 19th at 1:00 PM. Look forward to seeing lots of XLB's there to have this amazing opportunity of working directly with the animals at MMCC. Trust me it is an incredible life experience and opportunity! Although it is some hard work, it is so rewarding to work with these amazing marine animals in their rehabilitation. See You all on the 19th of September at 1:00 Pm. Please try not to be late!

    September 4, 2010

  • Prima

    Just to make sure, this will be on the 19th, not the 16th?!!

    September 4, 2010

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