State Group Honors Clinic Supervisor at Mercer County Wildlife Center

State Group Honors Clinic Supervisor at Mercer County Wildlife Center

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Nicole Golden, pictured with a barred owl, has received the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators Rising Star Award

The Mercer County Park Commission is proud to announce that Nicole Golden, Clinic Supervisor at the Mercer County Wildlife Center, has received the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) Rising Star Award.

“The Rising Star Award is a great honor for Nicole Golden,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “It is given to recognize and encourage an individual who has demonstrated significant dedication, engagement and promise as a relatively new member of the wildlife rehabilitation community in the State of New Jersey.”

To be considered for this award, a request for nominees goes out to all members of the NJAWR. All nominations are collected by the awards and scholarship committee and then presented to the board for voting.

Ms. Golden started her career at the Mercer County Wildlife Center as a volunteer and through the years worked her way up to Clinic Supervisor. She is licensed by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife as a tertiary permit holder for mammals and reptiles and handles many of the day-to-day operations at the center.

“I am very proud of Nicole, she is a real asset to the Wildlife Center,” said Park Commission Executive Director Kevin B. Bannon. “Her hard work and dedication are reflected in the award she has received from her peers.”

The Wildlife Center is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The center is located on Route 29 in Hopewell Township, approximately 12 miles north of Trenton.

For more information about the Wildlife Center or other Mercer County Park Commission facilities, visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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