With the oil spill still not under control, oil is continuing to seep into the marshes and wetlands areas, suffocating dolphins, turtles and a variety of bird, including the brown pelicans, the Louisiana state bird.
As frustration over BP’s inability to control the spill and clean up the oil grows, many groups are down in the Gulf, taking matters into their own hands, raising funds and helping directly in cleanup efforts.
If you want to help support this effort, we’ve compiled a list of some of the organizations that are at work in the Gulf.
How You Can Help
- The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is organizing food distributions for those affected by the spill. You can donate money online or volunteer your time if you live in the gulf.
- The Community Center of St. Bernard provides food, hot meals and counseling to those affected by the spill. You can buy a t-shirt that says, “Save The Gulf Coast,” and the proceeds go to helping the fishermen and their families.
- The Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of New Orleanshas helped organized disaster relief sites where food is distributed. Mental Health assessments and vouchers to help pay utility bills are also given. You can volunteer your time or donate.
- If you live in the coastal region and need to report a sighting of wildlife injured or affected by the spill, call BP’s oiled wildlife retrieval hotline at 866-557-1401.
- The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers Facebook group has been created to help mobilize people who want to get the training required to help in cleanup efforts. Over 8,000 members have joined the group, where they have posted information for residents in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.See details from the group are here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121928837818541&v=info
- Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is the organization which treated the first oiled bird discovered in this spill. To support their efforts with a donation, visit: www.tristatebird.org/donations
- The New Orleans-based Audubon Nature Institute has positioned triage units in the affected areas to treat any affected sea turtles or marine mammals, such as sea otters.You can support their efforts by making a donation at http://www.audubontransactions.org/support/fund1.php or calling 504-861-5107.
- The International Bird Rescue Research Center has a team of specialists prepared to assist with rescue efforts.If you want to volunteer, they suggest calling the BP Community Support Team Hotline 866-448-5816. You can make an online donation by clicking here.
- Mobile Baykeeper, based in Alabama, is an environmental group participating in cleanup efforts.They are currently taking donations to support their work related to the spill on their website: http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/support-join/donate
- Tampa-based Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary says it’s the largest wild bird hospital in the United States. It is currently asking for volunteers and donations to help with the Gulf oil spill, particularly with any cleanup efforts that may happen in Florida.For details, visit their website: http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com/
India is home to a rich diversity of wildlife supplemented by an equally rich variety of flora and fauna. The sight and sounds of a majestic elephant, a peacock’s dance, the stride of a camel, the roar of a tiger are unparalleled experiences in themselves. Watching birds and animals in their natural habitats is an experience in itself.
The country offers immense opportunities for wildlife tourism. The immense heritage of wildlife in India comprises of more than 70 national parks and about 400 wildlife sanctuaries including the bird sanctuaries.
A paradise for the nature lovers, these forest areas are also crucial for the conversation of the endangered species like the Leopard, Lion, Asiatic Elephant, the Bengal tiger and Siberian Crane. Spread across the length and breadth of India, these reserves and forest areas, right from the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan to the Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bihar, from the foothills of Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park to six national parks in Andaman; the Indian Wildlife circuit is an Incredible treat, unmatched by any other experience.
Elephant, Deer, Panther, Wild buffalo, Wild ass, the one horned Rhinoceros, Porcupine, Snow leopards etc are some of the animals you can sport in The Himalayan region.
India harbours eighty percent of the entire population of the one horned rhinoceros in the world. The Kaziranga Game Sanctuary is an ideal habitat for the rhino and a popular destination with the naturalists and environmentalists as well as the wildlife traveller.
The Great Indian Bustard and blackbuck of the Karera Sanctuary also attract a lot of tourists. The Madhav National Park originally called the Shivpuri National Park is another rich habitat for the wildlife in close proximity to the historical town of Gwalior and being close to a often visited cultural and heritage destination enjoys its fare share of tourism inflow. The Corbett National Park one of the most popular National Parks in the northern region for the wildlife enthusiast as well as the holiday makers is changing the way wildlife tourism. These National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries are promoters of wildlife tourism in India.
India has its fair share of Tiger Reserves. India’s National Animal, the tiger happens to be a symbol of strength and speed. India boasts of two-dozen Tiger Reserves. The fastest mammal on Earth, the tiger happens to be the joy and pride of India. The Royal Bengal tiger is amongst the most majestic species of the tiger. Sixty percent of the total population of the wild tigers in the world resides in India. Amongst the best-known tiger reserves in India is the Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh. It is often referred to as the crown in the wildlife heritage of India. Tourists at Bandhavgarh can spot Royal Bengal Tigers, cheetals, leopard, gaur, sambhar, and many more faunal species. The highly successful Project Tiger has shown once again that man can only undo in small ways the loss and destruction of natural habitat due to continuous growth and expansion of the population.
Indian wildlife has its share of native birds along with the migratory birds. Several hundred species of birds can be spotted across India. The Himalayan region is well known to be the natural habitat for the Pheasant, griffon vulture and ravens. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park popularly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in close proximity of Delhi, is home to indigenous water birds, waterside birds, migratory water birds, land migratory birds, and domestic land species. Tourists from far and wide are attracted to the Bird Sanctuary. At the Dudhwa wildlife reserve migratory birds like Egrets, herons, storks and cormorants share space with the ducks, gees and teals. The region of Andaman is home for the rare species of birds like the Narcondum hornbill, Nicobar Pigeon and the Megapode.
Our national animal is fighting for its life.
From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India.
If we don’t act now, we could lose this part of our heritage forever.
Speak up, blog, share the concern, stay informed… Every little bit helps.
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Shivaji …….. 😦