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Volunteer to Clean Up the Oil Spill

Volunteer to Clean Up the Oil Spill

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Diane Herbst | Tonic

June 14, 2010

No specific training or experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Some tasks, such as food preparation, may require no training. Other tasks, such as washing oiled birds, may require specific certifications or skills. They encourage pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians and those with HAZWOPER training to volunteer. Anyone with experience in dealing with wildlife handling, rehabilitation, or hazardous materials clean up is also strongly encouraged to register. Sign up.

• On June 4, the National Audubon Society created a National Oil Spill Response Center in Mississippi to serve as the hub for their recovery effort throughout the Gulf. They anticipate some 13,000 volunteers will be needed to do a coastal bird survey to collect data and photos on birds across the coast; assist with the transport of injured and oiled wildlife throughout the coastal region; to make nets and cages to assist professionals with oiled bird rescue efforts; and to man the Bird Hotline to handled calls related to bird sightings, etc. Go to to sign up and for more information.

• The Audobon Society also seeks eBirders, people needed to survey local beaches and marshes for birds; your observations will help conservationists and researchers prioritize their efforts and asses the impacts of the spill. Click here for more information or to volunteer.

• Louisiana’s St. Tammany Humane Society seeks trained and untrained volunteers to help clean and rehab oiled pelicans. Call Catherine Wilbert at 985-674-6898 or click here.

The Sierra Club is mobilizing volunteers, and will connect you with opportunities to help. Please click here to sign up and for more information. The Sierra Club also has a Facebook page where you can find volunteer opportunities and updated spill information.

• The Huffington Post has partnered with Meetup Everywhere, an application that allows you find others who also want to get involved and provides a forum for you to work together to help out with the oil spill. Click here to find others near you.

• To help with wildlife rehabilitation efforts, check out the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which provides information on how to volunteer.

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