KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
5/5/10: Kill Baby Kill – BP Oil Spill Closes In On Gulf Coast
Members of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and International Bird Research Center hydrate a Northern Gannet bird, who was covered in oil.
IN THIS ALERT:
- Kill Baby Kill: Some BP Bullet Points
- Present Animal Response In Gulf Oil Spill
- Tubul’s Story: Help Us Save More Like Him
BP OIL SPILL IN GULF / DISASTER OVERVIEW
— 5/5/10: Unified command activated for West Coast of Florida: Reps from BP, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are meeting to plan multi-agency response. They’ve also met with over 30 NGO environmental groups: Tampa Bay Watch, Save our Seabirds, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Sierra Club, etc. — in preparation for the worst case.
— 5/4/10: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the oil slick seems to move toward Alabama and Florida coasts, as well as the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana’s southern tip. http://www.noaawatch.gov
— 5/4/10: U.S. Air Force prepares C-130s for spill response. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to help with oil spill clean up.
— 5/4/10: BP spokesperson Bill Salvin reports that three four-story, 70-ton “containment domes” will be lowered over leaks — to trap oil and help pump it to the surface. Other attempts such as a shutoff valve and floating booms have mostly failed — in part due to rough winds and seas.
— 5/3/10: Oil spews at a rate of roughly 5000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day from three sections of piping. Birds and other animals are vulnerable because they are in reproducing cycles. Young animals may become oiled and parents may plunge into dark waters in search of food. There could be lasting repercussions for fragile wetlands along the Mississippi River.
— 4/22/10: BP’s oil rig collapses into the gulf, after an explosion on 4/20/10. Oil seeps out and BP, while aligned with government agencies and private contractors, cannot stop the flow of crude from the well.
— 4/20/10: A BP (British Petroleum) oil rig explodes. BP, operator of Deepwater Horizon oil rig situated 5,000 feet below the surface in Gulf waters, accepts responsibility for the disaster.
2. Present Animal Response In Gulf Oil Spill
LT: A dead sea turtle on a Pass Christian, MS beach. At least 20 sea turtles were found dead along a 30-mile stretch from Biloxi to Bay St. Louis. RT: Many endangered turtles dying on Texas Gulf Coast. Salt Lake Tribune
We are watching the animal response to the BP oil spill. Presently, U.S. government, oil companies, and specialized oil decontamination/wildlife agencies are deployed. Some NGOs have volunteers on standby, but no one should self deploy to this high-security zone without invitation from the unified command (governing agency). KINSHIP CIRCLE IS NOT RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TIME.
LT: A least tern checks her eggs on a Gulfport, Mississippi beach. Environmentalists fear that the oil slick will destroy this generation of birds that nest along the Gulf coast beaches during migration. AP
RT: A dead pelican is seen on Chandeleur Island, Louisiana (5/3). Louisiana’s state bird, the brown pelican, could come to symbolize the affects of the damage done by the oil spill. Their nesting season, which has
just begun, lies in the direct path of the spill. Getty Image
Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana
REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER:
CRCL is joining with our partners at the local, state and federal level to begin registering volunteers to assist with spill recovery efforts.
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
6160 Perkins Road, Suite# 225 / Baton Rouge, La 70808
office: 225-767-4181; toll-free: 888-522-6278; fax: 225-768-8193
If you encounter oiled wildlife, call: 1-800-557-1401
Do not touch or disturb oiled wildlife, for your safety and theirs.
We do not know the extent of impact to birds, wildlife, and habitat at this time. National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are building a standby volunteer list.
Volunteer Louisiana (Statewide Hub)
Volunteers not yet needed. Sign up to be updated as needs arise:
Volunteer Louisiana (Statewide Hub)
Louisiana Serve Commission
263 Third Street, Ste. 610 / Baton Rouge, LA 70801
225-342-2038 * http://www.crt.state.la.us/laserve
The Independent: Wildlife rescue teams ready for US oil spill victims.
photo: Creative Commons
International Bird Rescue Research Center (BRRC)
No call for volunteers.
Northern California (Main office)
San Francisco Oiled Wildlife Care & Education Center (SFBOCEC)
4369 Cordelia Road / Fairfield, CA 94534
Bird rescue specialists from International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) are on site in Louisiana and Alabama preparing rescue centers to clean seabirds caught in the Gulf coast oil spill. IBBRC is working in partnership with Tri-state Bird Rescue & Research to prep rehab facilities in Fort Jackson, Louisiana and Theodore, Alabama.
Tri-State Bird Rescue And Research
Tri-State has been asked to oversee wildlife rehabilitation response along the gulf coast and is working closely with many collaborating organizations. All response efforts are coordinated by the Unified Command on-site.
110 Possum Hollow Road / Newark, Delaware, 19711
302-737-9543; web form: http://www.tristatebird.org/contact
A dolphin swims through polluted waters of Drum Bay, Louisiana. There are as many as 5,000 dolphins between Mississippi and Louisiana coasts and the oil rig, many of whom are in their reproductive season. Getty Images http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/30/birds-oil-coated-gulf-spill_n_558665.html
Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: 866-448-5816
Submit alternative response technology, services or products: 281-366-5511
Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system: 281-366-5511
Report oiled wildlife: 866-557-1401
Nine staging areas have been set up to protect vital shoreline in all potentially affected Gulf Coast states (Biloxi, MS, Pensacola, FL, Pascagoula, MS, Dauphin Island, AL, Port Sulphur, LA, Shell Beach, LA, Slidell, LA, Port Fourchon, LA, Venice, LA).
3. Tubul Came Into This World On A Crash And A Wave…
The floppy-eared puppy was born just days before an 8.8 earthquake and tsunami swept over Chile’s coastal towns. We don’t know how he escaped waters that made 5 to 6 feet rings around buildings. We don’t know where he hid as structures collapsed. We do know the pup dubbed Francisco de Tubul did it alone. Somehow this tiny dog — crippled, starving — stayed alive…
TUBUL’S STORY: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-mar-april-notes.html
Your support gives animals like Tubul a second chance:
Please help. We need funds to buy vet supplies in Chile.
** CHILE PHOTO LOG: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-april-photolog.html
** FIELD NOTES: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile/2010-mar-april-notes.html
** CHILE HOME: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/chile
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