Monday, January 18, 2010

Free Coffee

Watch for me and other members of the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) at the northbound Bow Hill rest stop on February 5th, 6th and 7th. Beginning at noon on Friday, February 5th, all day long, all night long, all weekend long, we will be participating in the Washington State Department of Transportation's Free Coffee Program, until well past midnight and on into the wee hours on the 8th. This Free Coffee Program is a public service set up at Safety Rest Areas. The service benefits travelers by offering free coffee and baked goods. Also a great fundraiser for not-for-profit organizations, the WMMSN will benefit by receiving 100% of all donations made by visitors during our free coffee service.
If you find yourself driving up Interstate 5 that weekend, we would love it if you stopped by to meet our group. We'll offer you a great tasting cup of coffee and some yummy baked goods - for free. We love telling people about some of the stranded harbor seals that we have rescued and sent off for rehabilitation, so do be prepared to hear some heartwarming stories.
Our donations jar will be on the counter, so if you're so inclined, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations help our organization purchase some of the necessary supplies we use when out on a beach in response to a stranded, distressed marine mammal. If you won't be travelling up Interstate 5 the weekend we are hosting the Free Coffee Program but still would like to make a contribution, please contact Mariann, our Principal Investigator, at 360-303-3608, or at Thank you, in advance, for your generousity!
The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) is an organization of volunteers that are dedicated to the care of distressed or deceased marine mammals. Under an authority granted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the WMMSN does the following:
  • Respond to reports of stranded, distressed or deceased marine mammals.
  • Assess the condition of stranded marine mammals and determine how best to help them.
  • Prevent human contact and interference with stranded marine mammals to protect both the mammals and the humans.
  • In some cases, careful and safe removal of deceased marine mammals.
  • Determine why marine mammals died, performing necropsies when necessary.
  • Determine if stranded or deceased marine mammals pose a biological threat to humans or other marine life.
  • Educate the public about local marine mammals and how best to cohabitate with them.

If you share a love and concern for our local marine mammals, there are many ways you can help as a volunteer. If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact me, the Director of Volunteers, at

Wouldn't it be fun if you stopped by!

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