Animal rescuer, other IFAW associates win local “40 under 40” awards

Joy Jordan, editor at Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine and Misty Niemeyer.International Fund for Animal Welfare animal rescuer Misty Niemeyer, volunteers Cally Harper and Gary Hedman, and graphic design contractor Alison Caron were all honored last week at a special event for Cape & Plymouth Business’ list of 40 young professionals under the age of 40, who are excelling as leaders in their field and have made significant impacts in the region.

Since joining IFAW in 2008, Niemeyer has been an integral part of our Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team. Along with a team of five full time staff and nearly 200 volunteers, they respond to hundreds of whales, dolphins, seals and porpoises in distress each year on Cape Cod and the South Coast.

READ: BREAKING: Right whale calf found dead in Cape Cod waters, necropsy in progress

As Necropsy Coordinator, she performs animal autopsies to determine how stranded marine mammals died. Prior to working with IFAW, Misty worked for NOAA Fisheries Service in Woods Hole for five years studying right whales as an aerial survey and ship board observer.  She also worked as a right whale observer in Georgia and Florida, as well as a field biologist in Hawaii working with Hawaiian Monk Seals.  

Harper, an environmental planner at the Cape Cod Commission and an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College, and Hedman, a project scientist at the Horsley Witten Group, are volunteer responders for the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team. Caron has worked with us to produce organization reports, including our last two annual reports and our recently released Killing for Trophies.

The “40 Under 40” celebration took place at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts.


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