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Flying Fish Brewing Co. Helps Support Post-Sandy Wildlife Relief Efforts

Popular craft brew “Forever Unloved Sandy” – or F. U. Sandy – raised $45,000 for N.J. charities.


April 23, 2013

News Release:

Flying Fish Brewing Co. presents $15,000 donation to Conserve Wildlife Foundation from Hurricane Sandy-inspired beer

Image of Gene Muller, President of Flying Fish Brewing Company and David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation hold up F.U. Sandy shirts.Zoom+ Gene Muller, President of Flying Fish Brewing Company and David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation hold up F.U. Sandy shirts.

EAGLESWOOD TOWNSHIP, N.J. – APRIL 23, 2013: Flying Fish Brewing Company today presented the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey with a $15,000 donation on windswept saltmarsh in Eagleswood Township, New Jersey. The donation was part of the Jersey brewery’s special campaign to help the New Jersey coast’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy by donating $45,000 to three charities helping the restoration efforts.

“After Superstorm Sandy, we thought what better to help our state than to come up with a tasty brew with Jersey attitude – and donate all proceeds (not just profit, but every darn cent) to grassroots organizations helping rebuild in New Jersey,” said Gene Muller, founder of Flying Fish. “Hence the name Forever Unloved Sandy, which I think we all would prefer to abbreviate.”

Image of Volunteers proudly stand in front of the osprey nesting platform on Cedar Run that was installed to replace the one lost to the storm surge associated with Sandy. Ospreys return to the same nest site each year, so installing a new platform was critical to helping the population in NJ remain at a sustainable level.Zoom+ Volunteers proudly stand in front of the osprey nesting platform on Cedar Run that was installed to replace the one lost to the storm surge associated with Sandy. Ospreys return to the same nest site each year, so installing a new platform was critical to helping the population in NJ remain at a sustainable level. © Ben Wurst

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) has taken a leadership role in assessing the superstorm’s impacts on the state’s endangered wildlife, and taking steps to restore vital habitat and protect at-risk populations along the Atlantic coast. Among the species CWF has focused on since the superstorm are beach-nesting birds like the piping plover, ospreys and other raptors, diamondback terrapins, and red knots and horseshoe crabs.

“Flying Fish embodies the can-do New Jersey spirit that will help our coastal communities return stronger than ever,” said CWF Executive Director David Wheeler. “Their generosity and leadership will greatly help our biologists’ efforts to understand how to best protect and restore our coastal wildlife in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. We are grateful for their determination to take the lead in making the New Jersey coast’s comeback one step closer to reality.”

The presentation was made in front of an osprey platform lost to Hurricane Sandy – but since replaced by CWF, as were many other platforms along the New Jersey coast. Ospreys are considered a threatened species in New Jersey, and many nesting platforms were lost during the hurricane.CWF has built 20 nesting platforms to help replace those lost to Hurricane Sandy.

Muller and Wheeler were joined at the presentation by area residents and CWF staff, including biologist and osprey specialist Ben Wurst; beach-nesting bird biologists Todd Pover and Stephanie Egger, and development director Liz Silvernail.

CWF is leading the ongoing campaign to restore vital Delaware Bay shorebird beaches damaged by Hurricane Sandy in tandem with American Littoral Society, the New Jersey Recovery Fund, and other partners. Those beach restorations, like many CWF projects in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, seek innovative solutions for balancing the needs and input of the impacted communities and local economies with the mission to protect at-risk wildlife.

Image of Gene Muller, President of Flying Fish is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from CWF for donating $15,000 to our post-Sandy wildlife restoration efforts in New Jersey. From left to right: Ben Wurst, Gene Muller, David Wheeler, Stephanie Egger, Todd Pover. Zoom+ Gene Muller, President of Flying Fish is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from CWF for donating $15,000 to our post-Sandy wildlife restoration efforts in New Jersey. From left to right: Ben Wurst, Gene Muller, David Wheeler, Stephanie Egger, Todd Pover.

Hurricane Sandy greatly impacted habitat for nesting birds like piping plovers, least terns, black skimmers, and oystercatchers. Beginning the day after the storm struck New Jersey, CWF’s Pover and Egger surveyed over 30 beach nesting bird sites along the Atlantic coast from Sandy Hook National Recreation Area to Cape May Point State Park, and conducted pre- and post-storm surveys of nearly 1,000 American oystercatchers. CWF also is working with federal, state, and local agencies and other partners to ensure wildlife impacts are avoided whenever possible in the post-storm activities.

The superstorm also destroyed protective fencing that keeps diamondback terrapins from being run over by cars. CWF repaired over 2,000 linear feet of fencing in Tuckerton along Great Bay Boulevard. CWF also conducted habitat assessments for a number of at-risk species across the state.

About Flying Fish Brewing Company: Flying Fish started as the web’s first virtual brewery in 1995. Flying Fish became a real brewery the next year, and is now the largest of New Jersey’s craft breweries. Visit Flying Fish online at www.FlyingFish.com.

About Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey: CWF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the state’s rare and endangered species of wildlife. CWF utilizes research, species management, habitat restoration, education, citizen engagement, and creative partnerships to protect New Jersey’s incredible wildlife diversity.


Contact:

David Wheeler, Executive Director, CWF: Email

732.910.2063

Flying Fish Brewing Co.

Gene Muller, President, Flying Fish Brewing Co.

856.287.4302


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