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Efforts to Save the Animals

Updated on January 27, 2016
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I love all animals, domestic & wild. I have studied many species and find each & every one fascinating. We support shelters & pet adoption

By NOAA's National Ocean Service via Wikimedia Commons
By NOAA's National Ocean Service via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Who is Actually There?

While the world is watching, shaking their heads over the politics and not knowing what to do, there are some organizations who have already started working to save the animals affected by the BP Oil Spill, now being referred to as the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

These men and women are pulling together to do all they can to save lives in this midst of chaos.

If you are wondering who is working and how you can help, this article is for you!

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

A Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research team has been on the ground working since April 25. Rehabilitation centers have been set up in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Their mission has been to wash and treat oiled birds as they were discovered.

In the first weeks after their arrival, only a few birds were being treated each day. Unfortunately, as the crisis has escalated, the numbers have drastically increased. At the end of week 6, over 60 birds were brought to the Louisiana site alone to be washed, rehabilitated and released.

Sadly, there is a promise of more to come......

National Audubon Society

Praised for being "a wonderful group of committed, concerned and good-hearted people," Audubon volunteers responded immediately by working dockside shifts to assist federal and state wildlife agencies in their recovery and transport of oiled and injured birds.

In an effort to prepare for further damage, specially skilled volunteers are helping to identify and mark fragile coastal areas to protect habitats and nesting areas from damage as clean-up operations become necessary.

The National Audubon Society needs additional volunteers. I have copied the following list for needed volunteers directly from their website:

Volunteer Response Center Staff - scheduling volunteers, identifying and coordinating engagement with new projects, logistical support, arranging training, office management, etc. Coastal Bird Survey - collecting data and photos on bird resources and impacts across the coast according to specific scientific protocols.Wildlife Transport Facilitator -assisting USFWS and Tri-State Bird Rescue with volunteers scheduled in round-the-clock shifts in key locations for injured/oiled wildlife recovery and transport operations throughout the coastal region. Bird Capture and Rescue Materials - volunteers are needed to make nets, cages and other materials to assist trained professionals in oiled bird rescue efforts. Citizen Science Monitoring - submitting electronic information on birds sightings at Important Bird Areas, refuges or sanctuaries to assess population impacts, numbers of target species or species of concern Bird Hotline Operators -- providing on-site bird expertise for our Volunteer Response Center as well as possibly in field offices of BP, Tri-State Bird Rescue and others involved in response efforts to address issues related to bird sightings, handling, species identification, etc.

National Wildlife Federation

The Louisiana staff of the NWF has been working to get the word out about what is really happening on the Gulf Coast and about the spill's impacts on Gulf wildlife.

The National Wildlife Federation is asking for volunteers to observe the more than 10,000 miles of shoreline along the Gulf Coast. Find out more or sign up at: National Wildlife Federation Volunteer Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams

You can also donate to the NWF at: National Wildlife Federation

Sound Off! - The purpose of this duel is to give you a chance to voice your opinions.

If you don't see your opinion in the options, choose the one closest to your opinion and let your voice be heard!

Tell Us What You Think About the Oil Spill. Personally, I have started referring to it as the Oil Flood.

Other Organizations are Preparing to Get Involved

There are several organizations who are preparing to get involved in their areas. These are the dedicated groups who are waiting to go to work when needed.

In Alabama: Mobile Baykeeper

No doubt, additional organizations will be mobilized in the upcoming days, months and even years.

As I find them, I will add them to this article.

Do You Know of Other Ways to Help?

The purpose of this article is to broadcast "who" is actually on the ground working. All too often, frauds and money making schemes follow a tragedy and the donations never reach the victims. My only focus in this article is to share the names of the organizations who are there and who need the funds or help we are willing to give.

I am also concerned about the human suffering brought on by this crisis and I am deeply distressed over the loss of human life. If you know of organizations who are helping with any relief efforts, please share the information in the guest book below.

The photo was taken in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Applauding everyone who is involved in saving the animals and making this a better world for them!

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Disaster mismanagement is common in so many countries. Much more effort (and money) is needed from companies who ruin the environment, and cause so many people to lose their jobs. It's wonderful how some groups work to recover the messes by these huge corporations, but I wish some more responsibility would be taken on by those in the companies at the top!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The oil spill was a terrible accident. The poor animals and birds, and fish and sea creatures. Blessed!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm out and about for the Angels April Fools' Day Quest and leaving

      ~ Squidoo Angel Blessings ~

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      Blessed by a squidoo angel;)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great information

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      @hlkljgk: Thank you, Heather, for helping spread the word!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      Great lens I am lens rolling to my Birds and oil spills lens.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      well deserved A+. a wonderful resource for helping out! I've posted it to

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      This is such a frustrating incident, it deserves to be sorted out in a lens like this. There's so much destruction going on in the Gulf, I really hope Big Oil learns their lesson from this (something tells me they won't).

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      It pulls at my heart every time I see this in the news and the effects on our marine and wildlife.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you so much for that information. I have now emailed them requesting information on the status of their involvement in the relief efforts. I will gladly include them when I have additional information to share.

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      The Alabama Wildlife Center is working on this crisis, too. The Gulf Coast in all the states need all the help they can get!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @Shibamom LM: "endless" is a perfect description!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @puzzlerpaige: It is extremely frustrating to watch and I, personally feel so helpless.

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      Shibamom LM 8 years ago

      This disaster seems to be exhaustingly endless. Great resources on a heartfelt lens.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Hi Cynthia,

      I can hardly watch the pictures of the oil spill. The fishermen, the animals, all of it. Just makes me sick to my stomach. The blame game is out of control and the pipe continues to guzzle out oil every day. Seems like no one is willing to jump in, take control and make a plan to stop the leak. Glad there are folks, highlighted here, that are at least cleaning up some of the animals.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @JenOfChicago LM: Thank you so much for your blessing!

      I copied this directly off of the WWF website and wanted to share it with everyone:

      "While WWF does not have active field programs in the gulf, we have numerous partner organizations that are undertaking front-line efforts to protect and restore the wildlife and wildlife habitats in affected areas."

      The organizations listed on this lens all all on their list of partner organizations.

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great list of resources for people looking to donate and volunteer. The guy from WWF was on CNN this morning, and I think there's a telethon tonight on CNN too. Blessed by a squidangel

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @KathyMcGraw2: It was actually not easy to find out who is really there working. There are quite a few organizations taking donations and offering a promise, These few organizations are the only ones I have found who are really there, set up to work There are a lot of residents who are working without any direction, just doing what "falls in their backyard."

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @KarenTBTEN: That would be great! Thank you Karen!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @GrowWear: It is emotionally gripping! I get really distressed when I consider how the aquatic animals are suffering. I don't even want to think about what is would be like to be literally drowning in oil.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      @Virginia Allain: And it was also an administration that pushed for 8 years for the Oil Industries to be drilling where ever they wanted....with inflated reports on safety, and corruption in the Govt. Office that approved the permits.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      @Virginia Allain: I think the people being affected do have a voice..several voices, but the animals have far fewer. Plus the shrimpers and fishermen won't be able to work ever if all the species die. Believe me I am not saying that the human factor be overlooked, or overshadowed, but this is the first list I have seen for these animal organizations...and for that I am grateful.

      As to the media...a picture of a well fed looking shrimper won't pull heart strings like a picture of an oil crusted bird struggling to get out of the water. Misery sells news....that's a fact.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      I was looking for something like this...and Mimi is right, we have family and friends.but the wildlife doesn't. After 20 years up in Alaska several of the species have never returned after the Valdez oil spill....and this one is much worse.

      Thanks Cynthia...I have put this on FB and Twitter.

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      KarenTBTEN 8 years ago

      Excellent awareness/ resource lens. I'll try to pass it on.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      It's hard to watch these poor animals suffer. ...I know people are affected too, but we have families and friends. Animals have only us.

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      @Sylvestermouse: I'm hoping the government and citizens will take this as a call to action and put heavy emphasis on solar and other alternative energies. It is our dependence on oil that set the stage for this disaster.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @mbgphoto: Mary Beth, the photo's coming out of Louisiana and Alabama are gut-wrenching. I didn't even scratch the surface of how devastating this "incident" is to animals. Personally, I resent the word "incident" being part of the "title" given to this, as if it is a minor occurrence.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: Beth, I think we are going to be stunned by how much of an impact this is going to have on all of us.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Cynthia Thank you for a thought provoking lens on a very important subject. It is so sad to see the effect this is having on the animal kingdom!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: It is indeed a despicable chain of events! Thank you for your visit!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the organizations who are helping the defenseless animals affected by this disaster. We may never know the full impact this will have on people's lives and the environment. When I lived in Florida I voted against off-shore oil drilling there for reasons like this. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @myraggededge: Thank you for your blessing! It is my hope that when we know who is actually working, we can direct our help to them. There are way too many groups who will use this crisis to increase their donations, but will never lift the first finger to aid in relief.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @Virginia Allain: Oh, I am so glad you addressed that issue. I completely agree that the human toll should not be overlooked! I would never suggest or intentionally imply that humans should be ignored. I have a niece who I love dearly and who I am extremely close to that has lost her job, sole support of her household, because of this crisis. I am fully aware of the people who will be affected for decades by this "incident" I might also add that human's food is being poisoned. This is no small problem and it will have far reaching affects. I just simply don't think the animals who can't just up and leave the ocean should be overlooked and believe me, I know well that thousands, perhaps it will even affect hundreds of thousands of people, can't just up and leave their homes either. Let me say again, thank you for commenting. This is a huge, far reaching issue and there are many, many areas of need.

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      It seems pretty fuitile to save a few pelicans when people who work in the Gulf (shrimpers, tourism, etc.) are losing their life work and incomes. I know this wildlife action groups can't help with those issues, but I don't want the media to focus so much on wildlife that the human toll is overlooked.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great work! Thanks for letting people know the different organizations who are helping the animals from this despicable chain of events.

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      Good for you for highlighting some of the hard-working people who are in a position to help with the wildlife. In turn they need all the help they can get. Blessed, of course :-)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @HorseAndPony LM: I am definitely praying for positive news for a change. Thank you so much for your blessing!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      It all just makes me so angry and sad. I hope that soon there will be more positive news about this situation. Great lens. Thanks for sharing. Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @sheriangell: I agree with you completely!!!

      I very much remember your Orcas lens. It was the talk of our home and with my friends for days.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      @norma-holt: Norma, thank you so much for your blessing! I am truly grateful and I am deeply humbled that you found this lens worthy to be featured on your remarkable lens, We Are Killing The World. Your lens is a masterpiece and I remember it made quite an impression on me when I first discovered it.

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      This is indeed a heartbreaking situation that should have never happened in the first place nor been allowed to escalate to this point. The finger pointing and foot dragging while this disaster grows each day is beyond comprehension to me.

      Lensrolled you to my Orcas in Captivity lens.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Great lens bringing awareness to what is really going on with animals that suffer the consequences of man's stupidity. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on We Are Killing the World


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