July 2019 Volunteer of the Month – Denise Morgan

Our Rescue and Rehabilitation team would not be the same without our volunteers, and it’s folks like Denise Morgan who make a huge difference. For nearly four years, Denise has given over 1,400 hours of her time to the New England Aquarium. The knowledge and skills she’s gained has made her invaluable to the training…

June 2019 Volunteer of the Month – Alex Merkle-Raymond

For over two years, Alex Merkle-Raymond – “AMR” to her colleagues – has brought an incredible energy and work-ethic to the Giant Ocean Tank team. Alex started at the New England Aquarium as a co-op student and loved her experience so much that she decided to stick around. She is always ready to help out…

May 2019 Volunteer of the Month – Madison Morris

Volunteering in Visitor Education is no small feat. Our volunteers need to be flexible, friendly, and fearless in the face of ever-changing information. That’s what makes May’s Volunteer of the Month, Madison Morris, such a champion. Serving for over 200 hours in the past year, Madison has contributed to the positive and supportive world of…

Homeward Bound, Salamander Style

Story by Samantha Riffle, live blue(tm) Service Corps volunteer A great trek is happening right under our noses in the Boston area. My education in regards to animal migration was mainly through Morgan Freeman waxing poetic nostalgia over the march of the Emperor Penguin; growing up near the Sierras in California I was also told…

Jump Your Way to Heart Health with Plastic Bags…WHAT?

Article by Rob Cuddi, live blue(tm) Service Leader I am standing in my basement with two more plastic bags to add to this growing mountain and scratching my head, questioning how this could happen. I must be looking at ONE HUNDRED crumpled bags stuffed into a large cloth shopping bag…it’s slapping me in the head…

Just Breath! A Turtle Emergency Response Volunteer Story

Story written by Rob Cuddi, Turtle Emergency Response Volunteer The Rav-4 was frigid as I nosed out of a tangle of blankets.  It was pre-dawn and still quite dark outside when one of the seasonal biologists tapped at my windshield. Heater on, steaming tea poured from my thermos, as Eran settled into the passenger seat….

A Turtle’s Journey: Small Turtles of MA

By Aleksandra Ostojic She peeked her head out of the dirt as the morning sun wrapped her face like a warm blanket. Her head followed her body as she cautiously wormed out of the nest she had dug the night before for her first ever clutch of 24 eggs. Several nights had been spent in…

Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab Resources

Where to Learn More About Sea Turtles & Turtle Rescue By Randolph Pfaff, live blue Service Corps Volunteer   Every autumn, the New England Aquarium gears up to rescue and rehabilitate cold-stunned sea turtles stranded along Massachusetts beaches. These efforts are critically important for the conservation of endangered Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles….

Service Corps Stories: Braving the Whale-storm, by Emily Cross

Emily Cross has been a Service Corps volunteer since September 2015 and has contributed over 80 hours of service towards protecting the blue planet! Amazing, considering some of her obstacles. Here is her story: “I’m scared of whales. Terrified actually. Have I ever seen a whale in real life? No. And I know there is…

Service Corps Stories: Adventures in Volunteering, by Irene Chang

Irene Chang, a Service Corps member since September 2015 and a Service Leader since April 2016, has logged just over 100 volunteer hours. Her experiences in both joining and leading projects has given her a great perspective on the workings of this program. Her story needs little introduction, so read on!   “I was exhausted, cold…