Monday, June 14, 2010

More Organizations Helping the Wildlife in the Gulf: Oil Spill Crisis

This info and more is available at Take Part and their focus on the oil spill.  Please go there for more information and especially is you live in the area.  They have info about volunteering, etc.

Here's more info on how you can help below--

Donations to this group fund various efforts:
  • The National Wildlife Federations Gulf Coast Surveillance Team, a volunteer network that will monitor the coast for impact on wildlife.
  • Restoration of nesting and breeding grounds.
  • Public Education about the impact of the spill.
  • Policy work at the national and state level.
This group has a 24-hour on-call OSHA certified staff, and is one of only two organizations in the country with the facilities to respond to a major spill.

Audubon Nature Institute (
Donations to this group helps to fund the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, which in addition to saving turtles, will also aid otters, dolphins, and manatees.

Save Our Seabirds (
Based in Sarasota, FL, this group has rehabilitated injured and disabled birds, and is currently providing aid and cleanup for oiled birds.

For people in the South affected by the oil spill:

  • To report oiled wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401.
  • To report oiled shoreline or to request volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816. This is the BP Community Support Team Hotline, which is being used as a hub by nonprofit organizations to coordinate volunteer inquiries. Leave a message with your contact information and your questions about how to help or information on oiled shoreline.

    • The Greater New Orleans Foundation has set up the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to help with cleanup and environmental protection efforts. To learn more about the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, please call Josephine Everly at (504)598-4663 or
    • Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the largest wild bird hospital in the U.S., has 300 trained staff members on call to help with the response. They are also organizing volunteers and supply donations. They are in need of linens, kennels, towels, sheets, Dawn detergent, paper towels, bottled water and gatoraid.  Items can be dropped off at the sanctuary at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida.  For a complete list and more information, please see or call 727-391-6211 for more information. To volunteer, please email or call 727-392-4291.
    • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has been asked to oversee the wildlife rehabilitation response along the gulf coast and is working closely with many collaborating organizations. They are calling for donations to help. 
    • Louisiana Bucket Brigade has produced an Oil Spill Crisis Map that lets Gulf Coast residents report endangered wildlife, oil on shores, health impacts, and other problems from the oil spill. They are calling on citizen journalists to report any information by submitting it through the site, texting (504) 27 27 OIL, sending an email to, or through Twitterusing  the hashtag #BPspillmap.
    • Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command is soliciting the public's help inmonitoring the 1.2 million feet of boom that have been deployed throughout the Gulf. To report an incident, call 1-866-448-5816. In addition, the group is soliciting the public's ideasfor stopping the flow of oil, containing or recovering it, or cleaning it up. Click here to submit your suggestion or call 281-366-5511.
    • Oxfam America is working to help vulnerable communities affected by the spill. A tax-deductible donation can be made here
    • Sierra Club is gathering volunteers to help with the cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast. Sign up online to volunteer and Sierra Club will place you with an opportunity.
    Until contacted by any of these organizations, would-be volunteers should steer clear of affected areas so as not to interfere with current cleanup efforts. Again, if you find oiled wildlife, don't try to rescue the animals yourself; report them to the Wildlife Reporting Hotline at 866-557-1401.



  1. This is a great list. Thank you.

  2. If you want to help buy DAWN dish soap and go to their website to report the purchase. Every bottle reported gets one dollar donated to help wildlife. Some is going to the gulf. Takes 30 seconds. Also if you want to donate to the Gulf they are in need of BLUE DAWN. Google donations of DAWN to the Gulf for more info.


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