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Volunteering report (May 1st)
by Will K. Saturday, May. 01, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Still Looking for a clear path: Day and a half later I have a call back from from the government/BP hotline. 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 list of resources:

Still Looking for a clear path:

Day and a half later I have a call back from from the government/BP hotline. 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, 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 list of resources:


<> This list is compiled with help from facebook users on a page here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Shore-Cleanup/121808751163925

<> Via the Discussions area here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Shore-Cleanup/121808751163925?v=app_2373072738

Help Save the Gulf Coast from the Oil Leak is another facebook collaboration page with more of a multi-state focus

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121646667846792&ref=mf

<> Has a list going for information outside of LA, those these seem to be standing out so far:

http://www.owcn.org/volunteer-info
http://www.facebook.com/mobilebaynep - mobilebaykeeper.org
http://www.biloxi.ms.us/Volunteer.asp

* Alabama Coastal Foundation 251-990-6002 Info@joinacf.org

* Mobile Bay NEP 251-431-6409 mbnep@mobilebaynep.com

* Mobile Baykeeper 251-433-4229 callaway@mobilebaykeeper.org

<> Local and inter-state bird rescue / shelter groups:

Hechhaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: http://www.heckhaven.com/
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine: http://www.wildlife.lsu.edu/
Tri-State Bird Rescue: http://www.tristatebird.org/response


<> Lots of lists for people to sign up to, with a track record for doing good:

Audubon: http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=3400

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana http://www.crcl.org/

The Sierra Club says it is actively mobilizing volunteers. http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=20100429VolunterGulfCoastOilSpill&autologin=true

Official government (apparently BP) Volunteer phone list: (866)-448-5816

<> Groups with a lot of Experience:
Oiled Wildlife Care Network: http://www.owcn.org/
Marine Mammal Stranding Program: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/


<> This is a pretty good behind the scene peek:
http://owcnblog.wordpress.com/

<> Official government numbers:
To report oiled or injured wildlife,
please call 1-866-557-1401.

To discuss spill related damage claims,
please call 1-800-440-0858.

To report oil on land, or for general Community and Volunteer Information,
please call 1-866-448-5816.

<> Official Government Websites:

Generic emergency page center:
http://emergency.louisiana.gov/

It then points you to here:
http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/
Which is just reporting the status

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This is in no way a inclusive list of everything going on, I am not in the Marine Wildlife scene, this is just the most I have figured out so far.

I have no doubt I have left out many fine groups and it is merely my ignorance of the subject not a slight.

Thanks for all the good work everyone is doing out there, here's hoping avenues of assistance open up.

-- Will Kirchheimer
Editor @ New Orleans Indymedia: neworleans.indymedia.org

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