By now, you’ve probably heard about that big giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is currently spewing an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil into the gulf per day.
The growing crude oil spill will have long lasting effects on the ecosystem, with the potential to destroy 1,000 miles of beach, wetlands and fisheries while sickening and killing birds and marine life that come into contact with the oil.
“This spill spells disaster for birds in this region and beyond,” said American Bird Conservancy President George Fenwick. “It is ironic that next weekend is International Migratory Bird Day. At a time when we should be celebrating the beauty and wonder of migratory birds, we could be mourning the worst environmental disaster in recent U.S. history.”
For more information on the effects of the spill on wildlife read Sharon Seltzer’s post: Oil Spill Will Spell Trouble for Wildlife Long After It’s Repaired
Meanwhile, wildlife experts and volunteers from across the country are mobilizing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife.
How to Help
Visit the Alabama Coastal Foundation to volunteer, report affected wildlife or make a donation.
Visit Save Our Seabirds for information on volunteering and donating.
Sign up with the National Audubon Society who is organizing volunteers to help birds who are starting to nest in vulnerable areas and migratory birds traveling over the Gulf.
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is accepting volunteer sign-ups by phone, mail or e-mail as they prepare to rehabilitate affected animals.
Visit the Oiled Wildlife Care Network for information on volunteering.
Defenders of Wildlife is encouraging people to call the White House comment line to stop more drilling offshore at 1-202- 456-1111.
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