Who are we?

The Coastal Wildlife Network (CWN), coordinated by Audubon Nature Institute, is the primary stranding network for marine mammals (dolphins, whales, manatees) and sea turtles in the State of Louisiana.

CWN is authorized to rehabilitate sea turtles by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and bottlenose dolphins by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CWN is the only entity in the state of Louisiana responsible for the rehabilitation of live marine mammals and sea turtles.

CWN is committed to the humane care and treatment of injured, ill, or displaced marine animals. The rescue program is committed to animal rescues and community outreach in our efforts to promote ocean and coastal conservation. CWN is an advocate for outreach/education regarding sea turtle and marine mammal stranding information.

What to do if you spot a marine mammal or sea turtle?

  • If you see an injured or sick marine mammal or sea turtle immediately call the CWN stranding hotline at 504-235-3005
  • Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Location including coordinates
    • Nature of the report
    • Contact information
    • Pictures (if possible)
  • Do not touch or push the animal back into the ocean. This is for your safety and the safety of the animal
  • Please be prepared to wait for the Audubon Rescue staff to arrive on site