After four decades, the Brown Pelican was taken off the
endangered list last year. Pelicans currently nesting on Gulf Coast barrier
islands are right in the bulls-eye for theoil spill as
it drifts shoreward.
Brown pelican, Caspian tern, royal tern, Sandwich tern, least tern, laughing gull, black skimmer, American oystercatcher, Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, clapper rail, black rail, seaside sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, sandhill cranes, and all other species of plovers, sandpipers, ibises, herons, egrets, warblers, orioles, buntings, flycatchers,
swallows, marsh-dwelling songbirds, ospreys, hawks, eagles.
Those are just the birds.
All other animals in the marine, estuarine, riparian, and terrestrial habitats along the Gulf Coast are at risk from the oil and spill-related pollutants: plankton, marine invertebrates, sea turtles, all fishes, crustaceans, reptiles, and amphibians. Alligators, river otters, manatees, dolphins, whales.
Something you can do right now:
text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate $10 to theNational Wildlife Foundation.
Or donate to other rescue and volunteer efforts:
Matter of Trust (hair and nylon collection)
You can find other resource, rescue, and volunteer organizationshere.