At Sierra/Brookdale CC Meeting on June 22

LINCROFT, NJ  – Saving Stranded Marine Mammals – Sara Miele, education coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, will discuss the center’s work for the past 36 years saving stranded whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles at 6 pm, June 22 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Lincroft. The meeting, open to the public, includes members of the BCC Environmental Club, other students, and members of the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.

Located in Brigantine, he and his wife, Sheila Dean, and a small paid staff and volunteers, have responded since 1978 to over 4,500 mammal strandings that have washed ashore along the New Jersey coastline. The center operates under permits and authorizations from New Jersey and US government agencies. Even though these permits sanction the rescue of strandings only in New Jersey, the Center occasionally assists agencies in other states.

All funding comes through donations, grants, memberships, and fund-raising efforts. At present, there is no sustained government assistance.

The Brigantine facility includes a small office; a building with specialized pools for small mammals; a larger five- pool recovery building for large mammals, such as seals; a custom-built rescue truck with tanks for transporting large injured mammals; a 1000-gallon outdoor summer aquarium. It also has a small museum and gift shop’ a specialized Munson boat with a bow-drop ramp to ease wounded mammals into without lifting them, several specially-outfitted pickup trucks, and a Zodiac rescue boat.

Bob’s presentation is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on critical environmental issues. At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .