New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance - NECWA
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. NECWA is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of marine wildlife that live and feed in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine.
NECWA focuses on local issues in the New England area and collaborates with various private, government and non-government organizations to achieve its many goals. Through our research projects and educational outreach activities, we work to protect the whales, dolphins, seabirds, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and the other unique coastal marine wildlife off New England.
2016 Winter/Spring Updates
Internships: NECWA offers a variety of internships throughout the year. Internships can be in the field of marine biology, graphic design, marketing and public relations, as well as fundraising and event planning. To learn more about NECWA's Internship Program, click HERE to go to the Internship page of this website.
Program and Events for 2016
- Peter Rabbit's Animal Day Festival. Wednesday, August 10th from 9:00 - 3:00 pm at the Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich, MA.
- It's Not a Baby Whale - It's an Ocean Sunfish! Presentation. Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Kettle Pond Visitor Center. Charleston, RI.
- Plymouth Waterfront Festival. Downtown festival in Plymouth. Saturday, August 27th form 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Waterstreet, Plymouth, MA.
- Beach Clean-Up at Scusset Beach State Reservation. Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Fall Ocean Exploration Cruise 2016, Saturday, October 1, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Click HERE to learn more or register for this exciting trip .
- Wellfleet Oyster Festival. Downtown street festival. Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, downtown Wellfleet, MA.
All fundraising events help support NECWA's many projects and activities related to educational outreach, research, and conservation. NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit, so 100% of all donations goes back into the work we do on behalf of marine wildlife.
Give something different this year.
Adopt 1 of 10 animals to support Marine Wildlife. Adoptable animals include: humpback whale, finback whale, white-sided dolphin, harbor seal, grey seal, Northern gannet, sea turtle, basking shark, ocean sunfish, and great white shark. Our adoption packages are reasonably priced, fun, and educational. They make a wonderful gift for kids of all ages!
Currently, NECWA is focusing on 3 main projects:
- Southcoast Terrapin Project - Southcoast Terrapin Project Sighting Report Form
A study of the Diamondback Terrapins in Massachusetts' southcoast region, including the towns of Marion, Wareham and Onset.In the spring and summer, NECWA staff and interns go into the field to look for nesting female terrapins and in the later part of the summer through the fall, they survey beaches for hatched nests and conduct a mark, capture, and release study on all individuals.
- NEBShark - New England Basking Shark Project and Ocean Sunfish Project
A community-based sighting network where people provide sighting information on basking sharks and ocean sunfish observed from a beach or from a vessel offshore. NEBShark is compiling data on live and dead sightings and sharing the results with colleges, universities, State and Federal departments, and scientists world-wide, in an effort to learn more about the biology and ecology of these coastal pelagic fish.
- Marine Wildlife Research
NECWA oversees a variety of research projects in the New England area. NECWA staff study humpback whales, finback whales, and other baleen whales that migrate to feed in the waters off New England each season. As part of this research program, NECWA staff work with interns as they collect sighting and environmental data from commercial whale watching vessels or from shore. Inputted data is analyzed and shared with government and non-government organizations in the area and world-wide. Through their participation in this program, NECWA interns gain hands-on experience out on the water and in the laboratory in the field of marine science.