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    May 14, 2021

    For Immediate Release:                    

    Contact: Crystie Baker, ECWR Executive Director - 601.297.4703 (cell) crystie@emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.org
    Denise Song, ECWR Assistant Executive Director – 321.432.3620 (cell) denise@emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.org 

    Navarre, FL – May 6, 2021-The Emerald Wildlife Refuge recently hosted founding members and board of directors from Sunday’s Child to tour the new radiology suite located on ECWR’s campus located at 3051 Cloptons Circle, Navarre, Florida. The addition of new digital radiology equipment was made possible by grants awarded to ECWR from Sunday’s Child and the Levin Family Foundation.

    “In June of 2020, the members of Sunday’s Child awarded a grant of $25,000 to Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) which was earmarked for the project; “Radiograph for Rehabilitation to Return them to the Wild”. This equipment is successfully aiding in saving lives and mitigating the suffering of wildlife, and most likely will improve their chances for reintroduction into their native, wild homes. This is one example of how our local charities work to make our communities better.” remarked Chuck Presti, Sunday’s Child Board of Director member.
    "The addition of our new digital radiograph machine makes a world of difference in the medical care we provide here at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Prior to this equipment, we had to physically manipulate an animal in order to find if a bone is fractured. However, we don't just use the radiographs to find broken bones, it is so much more helpful than that! Since receiving this equipment, we have found swallowed hooks in our shorebird patients, which led to a new animal care protocol to radiograph every shorebird at intake.   Another fun surprise we've discovered with the use of digital x-rays is a raccoon patient was pregnant with 3 babies inside. We would've never known about this special case, and it is very good to know these things as it can alter our treatment plans."-Michelle Pettis, Director of Animal Care ECWR

    ECWR Executive Director, Crystie Baker stated that, “Having a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine has been invaluable to not only improving the quality and speed of care our patients receive, but also in providing new educational opportunities to our interns and volunteers.  Many of our interns & volunteers wish to pursue careers in veterinary medicine or wildlife rehabilitation, so observing our staff utilize the x-ray equipment and better diagnose patients allows us to provide them a better and even more unique learning experience.  We are so grateful for the grants that made this possible and know that it will positively impact wildlife and their human caregivers for years to come.”
    For more than twenty years, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s daily operational goal has been the rehabilitation and release of Northwest Florida native wildlife.  The staff is on-duty seven days a week to assist local and states agencies in managing wildlife.  The ECWR works with local governments, private businesses and citizens to protect habitats and the wildlife that lives here. 

    About Sunday’s Child Sunday’s Child is a local Pensacola 501(c)3 not for profit established in 2014 with the mission to promote equality and inspire inclusion across the community by awarding grants for significant charitable and economic initiatives. Sunday's Child was formed by ten friends in the fall of 2013. Together, they sought to create a culture and community of acceptance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) individuals in the Pensacola Bay Area through giving. To achieve this, they looked to a local successful women's group as their charity model, and quickly found a vehicle for impacting the change they envisioned. Now, armed with a mission to award grants for significant charitable and economic initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion and equality; and inspired by the nursery rhyme, “Monday's Child”,—as well as the leadership of Pensacola Impact100—these ten friends formed the founding members of Sunday's Child. For more information about Sunday’s Child email: info@sundayschild.org


    About Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Navarre, FL with the mission of education, conservation, and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s native wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and release. In 2020, ECWR had almost 2,000 animals come through their doors, including taking in record-breaking numbers of wildlife in the days following Hurricane Sally. ECWR also operates a Marine Mammal Stranding Program, which responds to and primarily aids marine mammals, but also sea turtles in certain locations. ECWR’s medical/rehab center is open for animal emergencies 7 days a week, 8 am – 4 pm and our Education Center is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 3 pm and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm.  For more information, contact Crystie Baker (ECWR Executive Director) at 601.297.4703 or Denise Song (ECWR Assistant Executive Director) at 321.432.3620 www.emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.org

    Denise Song
    denise@emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.org, (850) 684-1485