2014 Florida Volunteer Updates

As the North Atlantic right whales migrate to the South Georgia/Northern Florida coast each winter volunteers help watch for and capture critical details related to this endangered species. This information helps scientists track the fate of the species and acts as a first alert system to pilots in the shipping lanes to avoid accidental killings. This blog shares the findings, photos and other pertinent information gathered from the Palm Coast Sector Volunteer Team while helping to connect and communicate the many ways we can protect the right whales and sustain our wonderful ocean life.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

BP / Gulf Oil Disaster - Information & Ways We Can Help

This is such a sad and disgraceful situation and we all need to pull together and find ways to help. Here are a few lists of weblinks with information on the current situation and how we can help. Please email me with information you may have and I will share it with others.  cs

Oil Spill Status / News / Charts / Articles
Daily updates on the location of the oil slick which is currently schedules to hit our shores June 6...just two days shy of “World Oceans Day” :(
Daily updates on the status of topping off and locating the slick, weather and biological response service information
The official site of the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command with news and updated announcements related to the situation and fishing areas.
Want to Volunteer? Here’s a few ways you can help
National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association - For those with at least 6 months experience with oil spills and at least 4 hours of Hasmat training and those that wish to learn how to be trained. 
All Other Volunteers - By State & Hotlines
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please call the Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line at 1-866-448-5816 or visit the Web sites below.

State specific volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer Hotlines:   
  • Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information:
  • Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system:
    (281) 366-5511
Beach Status - Website page with links to state beaches for information on the condition or status of a beach.
Bird Rescue Operations
The oil spill involves a ruptured drilling platform approximately 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded on April 20, 2010 and sank in 5,000 feet of water. More than 100 workers scrambled off the burning rig in lifeboats. 11 workers died.
At least 40 million gallons of crude has been dumped into the Gulf of Mexico and harmed fragile breeding grounds for Brown Pelicans and other shorebirds. Six weeks after the blow out, BP has yet to significantly stem the flow in the nation's worst oil disaster. Here are a few more links to sites on the status of the bird rescue operations. 
Daily report released each day at noon on the status of birds effected by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. To report injured or dead wildlife in the impact area call 1-866-557-1401
news, views and photos from IBRRC’s work with oiled, sick and injured acquatic birds
National Wildlife Federation - Text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate $10 to support Gulf Wildlife
Wildlife and wild places are facing the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history. Dolphins, manatees, countless fish species--as well as nesting birds and sea turtles--all are at risk in the Gulf due to the oil spill.
For many of these precious creatures, the threat is deadly.
Help support National Wildlife Federation's on-the-ground volunteer and restoration efforts by donating to our Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund.
Millions of birds are nesting and breeding in the path of what may well become America's worst environmental catastrophe. Oil continues to stream uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico from the site of a destroyed drilling platform.
The deadly and growing slick has already reached sensitive coastal areas of Louisiana. Globally significant Important Bird Areas - essential to survival of already-imperiled species - are at risk from Louisiana to Florida's Gulf Coast. The danger is real for all kinds of birds. For more info here
Events / Fund Raisers / Great Websites - As of June 2010
KICK THE SLICK - Information on July 25th Benefit Spectacular in Jacksonville, FL
KICK THE SLICK - The men who died, the impact on our waters, the impact on the wildlife

Our Gulf Waterkeepers are the first line of defense during this ongoing disaster. Their incredible knowledge of the marshes, wetlands, beaches, and inner-coastal waters make them invaluable first responders. Their commitment makes them critical and effective community leaders. And their dedication to a full recovery is unmatched. Please help now: Your donations will provide everything Waterkeepers need, from clean-up supplies and protective gear to emergency office space and food for volunteers.

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