Still Looking for a clear path:
Day and a half later I have a call back from from the government/BP hotline, total lip service. They called back to correct the spelling of my name. No questions about my availability, location, ability to travel. I asked if they were putting people in the field yet, they dodged the first time, said yes the second, and then were unable to say where. This is the number, get on the list anyway: Oil Report Line/Volunteer Line – (866)-448-5816
I think we are all biting at the bit trying to figure out a way to help, and one of the sad truths for our wetlands is they aren't like a beach were you can run out and try and help. Protecting the wetlands takes time, planning, dedication, and legislation.
So, how to help remains the question of the day. The organizations in Alabama and Mississippi seem to be doing the best work so far. They are cleaning beaches, blocking inflow points for critical areas, they seem to be providing outlets for volunteers readily. For Louisiana wetlands I expect volunteer opportunities to open up in the next couple days as the horror unfolds, but until then the Bayous and Wetlands Hold us at bay from our hearts dream of helping to protect them from oil, just as they hold the storms back from our cities. A barrier hard passed. Here are some resources: