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I have been very discouraged watching the news and reading articles about the oil disaster.  Every time I turn around I see, or hear, more negative.  My goal is to empower people, not bring them down. I have been making calls and doing research to find ways that people can help with the oil disaster. The information I get varies from source to source.  I got a call from Jeff Dorson today.  He is the Executive Director for the Humane Society of Louisiana.  He told me about a couple of groups that are actually qualified to help the wildlife in the Gulf.  Even though we have a long way to go, there are people who are able to make positive changes, if we help them.

I found out that there is so much red tape when it comes to helping these creatures. You need the proper training, an organization has been approved and the list goes on. Otherwise, you are not allowed to do anything with the animals.   In many ways that could be good.  We want to be sure the people dealing with these animals know what they are doing.  After all, this needs to improve the quality of life for the wildlife, not make it worse.  There are people who have had experience but don’t have the specific training needed to be approved for this mission.  Then there are those who are doing it for other reasons and it’s a good thing they are not allowed to be close to the wildlife.

Below are some wonderful organizations that could use your help.  You can give your time as a volunteer, send money or make calls/ send emails to officials that have the authority to make the changes needed.

1.  Operation Here to Help, is a joint effort launched by the Humane Society of Louisiana and Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary to help wildlife adversely affected by the oil spill. Clearwater’s staff and volunteers are trained and certified wildlife rehabilitators who are working at the triage sites and administering direct aid to captured birds. They are providing logistical support by utilizing dozens of their volunteers who are transferring oiled birds directly from wildlife agents to the recovery centers. They’re also providing real-time information to state and federal agents by providing them with photos, notes, and coordinates. They are taking volunteers out on boats, contacting legislators, and more.

Operation Here to Help has staff and volunteers that have been out to the barrier islands in Barataria Bay, near Grand Isle, twice during the past several days. In the six total hours they spent surveying the area on boats, they spotted a mere three agents with nets with two large plastic dog carriers in the back of their boat. Meanwhile, they witnessed hundreds of oiled birds in distress. These trips made it clear to them that more aid is necessary to account for the significant number of birds currently in need of assistance.

That’s why they set up “Operation Here to Help”, a program of the Humane Society of Louisiana, with the goal of surveying the affected areas and providing coordinates to state and federal agencies. Although red tape still prevents them from handling oiled wildlife ourselves, They can provide critical information to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries so that they can most effectively mobilize their extremely limited manpower.

The facts are sobering. They were told by a wildlife agent that, for the entire Louisiana coastal area, there are a mere 100-150 officers licensed to rescue oiled wildlife, on shifts from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM and they do not work at night. These are incredibly inadequate numbers. Additionally, most of the barrier islands, including Cat and Four Pass Bayou, which are rookeries and home to tens of thousands of water birds, have already been contaminated with oil.  The utilization of booms as buffers is extremely ineffective and dates back to the 1960’s. That is why their team wants to be “here to help” direct officers to areas where their work will have the most impact.

They have identified several ways that each of you can help them save more marine life and wildlife, whose lives hang in the balance. Their goal is to complement state and federal agencies in order to achieve the results they want. As one of Louisiana’s most dedicated humane organizations, they cannot sit back and let a handful of government workers and BP contractors respond with disgraceful inadequacy to the worst disaster in modern history to hit our precious wetlands. Here are their plans; they need your help to implement them:


Call Robert Barham, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife, and ask that he assign more agents to the capture of wildlife and ask him to ask for reinforcements from other states or other agencies if needed. Please use their reports from the front lines as evidence that much more help is needed. Call 1-225-765-2800.  Remember that there are between 100-150 agents out in the entire Gulf Coast assigned to wildlife capture. These numbers are not sufficient for the task at hand.  In the six hours they have spent surveying the areas on boats, they have only seen three agents with nets on one occasion. They had two large plastic dog carriers in the back of their boat, both empty.  At the same time, they also saw hundreds of birds in distress.

Information Gathering:

They will be going out in chartered boats during the next several months to obtain first-hand information and photographic evidence of the mistreatment of marine life.  If you would like to join them, please write an email to contact us at  Cost of trip per person: $60.00 for a three-hour trip. They are currently scheduling one to two trips a week, out of Venice and Grand Isle.

Information Sharing:

They will be hosting a two-day conference in New Orleans at the end of July. They intend to invite representatives from BP, the Coast Guard, the White House, members of Congress or their staff, social justice groups, animal protection and environmental groups to attend, speak, and listen to one another with the intention of developing and implementing short- and long-term goals. They will send out additional announcements during the next several weeks. They plan on visiting the coastline on the second day as a group.


Funds are needed to keep their chartered boats in the water, to underwrite their upcoming conference, and to help mobilize volunteers from around the country. Please be as generous as possible. Each of you can help by donating through their PayPal account at:

65% of those proceeds from their website link will go to Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, whose staff and volunteers are caring for the wildlife. They have pledged to support them. The remaining 35% will go to the logistical support their group is providing. You can also send them a donation by mail to: The Humane Society of Louisiana at P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 7017

2. Nature Conservancy

We can’t afford to wait. The damage done by this spill demands that we ramp up our efforts as rapidly as possible.

They know we could be building 20 to 30 miles of reef a year, and promote hundreds of acres of seagrass and marsh recovery in the process. Within 3 to 5 years, they could complete 100 miles of oyster reef and at least 1,000 acres of seagrass and marsh habitat. That’s conservative — it’s possible, perhaps even likely, that a properly designed restoration could support 10,000 acres of seagrass and marsh.

Rebuilding such a system will have huge benefits beyond kick-starting the oil spill recovery:

  • If designed properly, oyster reefs will slow, and in many cases, halt the massive erosion that continues to carve into Alabama shorelines.
  • Reefs will help to filter the loose sediment that turns Mobile Bay a dark chocolate every time the wind blows.
  • Light-loving seagrasses return, tying down still more mud.
  • And in the quit eddies created by the reef, marshes will get a toe-hold and spread rapidly.

Best of all, re-creation of these reefs, seagrasses and marshes will result in an explosion of life. It won’t just be old timers who remember what it was like to go floundering in the seagrasses along the shores of Mobile Bay:

  • Harvest of white shrimp, once Mobile’s prized catch, will almost certainly rebound.
  • Crab habitat will increase dramatically.
  • Tens of thousands of young speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and other Gulf game and food fish will once again find a place to grow and thrive.

To learn more about this endeavor, and how you can help, click here.

3. The National Wildlife Federation has been on the front lines responding to the wildlife crisis unfolding in the Gulf since the BP Oil Spill started on April 20.

Their Louisiana-based staff–already working on existing Coastal Louisiana restoration efforts before the spill–was deployed to help with the initial response. They have been joined by national staff, affiliates in the region and a growing network of volunteers.

They believe strongly they have an obligation to find out what is happening, share this information with the public and do everything they can to help wildlife survive this tragedy.

You can learn more about their “Search and Rescue”, how they are raising awareness and what they are saying on behalf of wildlife.  Click here.

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18 Responses to “Encouraging News, for a Change”

  • Pam says:

    Yes, the US needed a strong slap in the face to wake up to better ways of energy. Something positive must come out of this situation-perhaps we’ll prevent future, and if you can imagine, worse situations that are similar. Send the Gulf good energy!

  • Jobi says:

    Great information – thank you so much. I think we need to keep sharing this until the crisis goes away. Pray that it does go away.

  • Mary says:

    My heart goes out to all those living in the Gulf and soon the eastern seaboard. Unfortunately I feel the US in general needed a wake up call like this to begin to find ways and means to take care of us and the planet.

  • Jane says:

    I know-it’s so depressing. My friends have actually forbid me to watch the news since it’s affecting me so much. I cry every morning if I turn on the television and see news about this damn oil spill. EFFF BP!! Since at this moment we can’t volunteer, I suggest everyone reading this to send good mental energy to that entire area-encompassing people, plants, and animals. The entire world will feel the effects of this tragedy, so a little prayer couldn’t hurt.

  • ChrisLWagner says:

    Thanks for putting out the information to help in the Gulf. I wish I could be a part of it.

  • Joanne says:

    Great info Paige. There is also a group collecting cotton cloth to send down for the clean up of the oil birds.

  • John says:

    “When you are at war, there will always be attrition, and collateral damage. If they would have burned the oil from the beginning, very little if any would have reached the coast. But the EPA stopped them, and now the oil is everywhere, AND they are now burning the oil…. so this is not entirely the oil company’s fault in regards to the turtles.”

  • Natalie says:

    I grew up in New Iberia, LA around the corner from where the Tabasco processing plant is and about 10 miles from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, although I live in Vegas now, I am part of a team of Louisiana natives who sell on Etsy, a site for handmade goods. I sell my Scrivener’s Retreat line of handmade pet toys there.

    Our team shop has a number of authentic Louisiana handmade products for sale, and 100% of the profits are going to . Past profits were sent to . Our team votes on where to send each month’s earnings, and so far, we have chosen animal and wildlife charities only.

    I am the only team member with any pet products for sale. I have a squeaky crab, crawfish teaser toy, and a squeaky alligator for sale in the team shop. Even with just a few pet items to choose from, I’m sure many Pet Professionals members would be proud to support the Gulf wildlife and get some awesome Louisiana pride merchandise in return.

    • Jo Anne says:

      I am also from Louisiana and I would suggest you go on LinkedIn to the Pet Professionals and pass on your website to help with the fundraising. It’s a great idea and there are lots of pet contacts there who would help. Contact Gena at American Pet Products there in Vegas and tell her I sent you if you already don’t know her. She is a distributor and may be interested in carrying your toys. I never got over the heartbreak of Katrina and now this. Very sad.

  • Jeff says:

    The nature conservancy and NWF are sympathetic and pro-hunting organizations….FYI They also have millions and millions in the bank.

  • Maria says:

    There are a lot of classes here in Florida that people can go to. They learn how they can help clean the animals. I have not been to one yet. I assume people can go to the coast and help once they have attended one. It is all so confusing.

  • Barbara says:

    I see information on lots of people and organizations and they all say they are all helping. How do I know if they are ligitimate or not? I don’t trust most people. I trust your comments.

  • Evan says:

    Now that summer is here I wanted to do something with my kids. I will contact these people and see how me and kids can help. It would be a great experience for all of us. Thanks.

  • Jacque says:

    Thank you for providing this information. You are always so positive and help me see things in a different light. You give your readers ways they can make a difference, and it always benefits animals, not you. I am sure the oil will eventually affect my country so any suggestions are appreciated. I look forward to seeing your show.

  • Amy says:

    Thank you. I forwarded it on.

  • Ann Scott says:

    With summer here I started looking into heading down there to help. I knew I have no experience with the wildlife, but I can do other things to assist the trained volunteers. I came across this application. Please pass it along to others who are interested.

  • Bobby says:

    Here is an article about my nephew from North Carolina.

    Thanks for always sharing your information with us.

  • Janine says:

    “On June 4, gave $49,361.00 to the Institute for Marine
    Mammal Studies (located in Mississippi) to assist in their ongoing efforts
    to rescue and rehabilitate animals injured or impacted by the recent Gulf of
    Mexico oil spill.”

    “IMMS funding will help provide veterinary care, supplies, and equipment;
    medical testing and procedures including blood analysis, surgery, and
    x-rays; food, medicine, and assistance with field work and rescue.”

    “An additional grant has been given to The Greater New Orleans Foundation to
    address the long-term economic, environmental, and cultural effects of the
    disaster as well as strengthen coastal communities against future
    environmental catastrophes by investing in solutions. Future disbursements
    may be directed to other charities in the region.”

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