Oil soaked bird, via Nature's Crusaders.The recent surfacing of photos depicting oil-soaked Louisiana gulf wildlife is just heartbreaking. Animals that live in or around the sea always struck me as being happier than the land-loving sort. Perhaps it's their care-free, fluid movements or the fact that so many of them (sea turtles, pelicans, dolphins) seem to be graced with natural, upturned mouths - just smiling by default. Maybe that's why it's so hard to see them this way. Terrible.
Here are some ways to help:
- The Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program has been designated as the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of all marine mammals (dolphins, whales and manatees) and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast. You may make donations, here, via the Audubon Institute.
- Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research were the first on the scene to rescue oiled birds effected by the oil spill. Their rapid response team is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating birds in danger. You can donate to their efforts here.
- National Wildlife Federation makes it quick and easy - just text "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to donate $10 to gulf wildlife. Here is their Public Service Announcement: