June 24th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Gulf oil spill: How you can help

CNN Wire Staff

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Efforts to minimize the damage from the huge oil spill from a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico are under way, but wildlife conservation groups say the oil could pose a disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.

How can you help? A number of organizations are recruiting volunteers.

The Audubon Society, which is affiliated with the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is making its Center for Birds of Prey in Florida available for bird cleansing and rehabilitation and is seeking volunteers. Elsewhere, Audubon said it was gearing up to mobilize volunteers and provide assistance as the oil reaches land in Louisiana and elsewhere. Find a local office

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Impact Your World
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. sharon mckee

    Please add more pictures of the suffering birds, turtles fish . Everything that is happening to them at the Gulf. I ask this only so the people will not forget the horror these animals and mamals are enduring because of this horrific disaster. I get overwhelmed and sick when I see it, but in order to get the money to them its one of the stronger ways to send that message.Whats happening to the alligators in the bays? Alabama ( mobile bay) Daphne and FairHope have large gator population. Please report on these issues as much as you can. Your doing a great job down there in the thick..

    June 22, 2010 at 1:56 am |
  2. Melissa

    I am reluctant to donate my $ towards cleaning the gulf when the majority of gulf coast residents want to rush back to drilling. With at least 35% of deep water rigs using the same shoddy "long string" technique, this is bound to happen again. And again.

    If this mess has'nt convinced Louisiana to hold off untill the rigs are made safer, well .. then they can just wallow in the oil without my donation – or sympathy!

    June 22, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  3. Dennis Prigge

    Lets quit wasting time waiting to motivate BP or Government to get this problem cleaned up. Open the recovery of spilled oil to any oil company that wishes to skim and harvest. They keep the recovered amount. As long as more oil is leaking than is being collected , we are not getting enough done. Cut through the paper work and " Put the Fire Out", then straighten out the mess.

    June 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  4. Hugh Pepper

    Let's find ways to lose our dependency on oil, learn to live more simply, and act compassionately. Our present path is a road to oblivion.


    June 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm |