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Monday, June 07, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Brown Pelicans are being very affected by the oil spill.

We are as heartbroken and sick about the Deepwater Horizon uncontrolled oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as you are. It is devastating to watch TV, as we did last night, and see birds, almost unrecognizable as birds, completely covered in ugly, gooey oil. It is even more devastating to think that the spill is not stopped, and continues. This will be a menace for years to come to wildlife, the ocean and land environment, to humanity, the economy, and the states affected. Some days it is hard for us to focus on our work, which we must do.

Here are some places to keep up with the news on wildlife:

Spearheading some of the bird rescue efforts are experts from Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, whose response team has been on the Gulf Coast since the last week in April and is working with their colleagues, International Bird Rescue and Research Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage the rehabilitation of oiled wildlife. They all are working with many other rehabilitators and wildlife and environmental organizations as well.

- For weekly updates about the wildlife response efforts go here
- For how you can help Tri-State, go here
-To get daily updates on the consolidated number of the collected (including both rescued, rehabilitated and dead) birds and wildlife that have been reported to the Unified Area Command from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, go here
- To report oiled or injured wildlife in the area, call 866-557-1401
- To get the latest news from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about what they are doing and the potential oil impact on the 33 wildlife refuges that line the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, go here

There are also many other environmental and other organizations involved, support those of your choice.


Ellen said...

Thank you for posting this information!!

Anonymous said...

Thank God there are people out there to take care of these birds and other wildlife. We need to put forth a huge campaign to collect items needed or cash for these organizations. This is going to go on forever and I hope that BP has already donated millions towards the wildlife rehab effort. Let us know what we can do to help raise not only awareness but funds.

Betty A Delfosse

habs12 said...

This whole mess makes me more intent on providing a good bird habitat in my little back yard - I don't seem bothered by the crows and starlings anymore, more accepting, as everything and everyone is just trying to get by.

Kat said...

Like you, we are devastated by this tragedy. I can barely look at the oil covered birds and sealife. There is no telling how long this will go on. What a shame.