Island Wildlife is a 501c3 nonprofit chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation serving the Lower Cape Fear Region. They are a group of wildlife enthusiasts bringing knowledge of conservation to the surrounding community through their mission of Conservation through Education and Collaboration. On January 7, 2023 they hosted their first clean-up of the new year and, with the help of 30 people (one who even brought his kayak and was tossing trash up to them), they collected 305 lbs of trash from Burnt Mill Creek in Wilmington, NC. They had people from many great local organizations, as well! High school students from Ashley High School Marine Science Academy, volunteers from Cape Fear Riverwatch and members from Cape Fear Audubon Society were all in attendance. Dr. Jennifer Wiggen, Senior Educator, has been on the board of Island Wildlife and involved with their events since last year. Wiggen helped plan and attended the clean-up that morning. For her, “Seeing people come together on a chilly Saturday morning in January for a common purpose was a wonderful experience and a great start to the day. Anytime you have the opportunity to give back and make something better than it was is a great thing”.
For those interested, everyone is welcome to attend Island Wildlife events and get involved! Membership is not required to participate but please consider joining NCWF and choose Island Wildlife-CFR as your chapter at www.ncwf.org.