How to help wildlife affected by Gulf oil spill

How to help wildlife affected by Gulf oil spill

How to help wildlife affected by Gulf oil spill

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by SUSAN WYATT / KING5.com

NWCN.com

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

As thousands of gallons of oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico each day, birds, dolphins, sharks, manatees, turtles, fish and other wildlife are threatened.

The massive oil slick is also affecting wetlands, beaches and marshes. Hundreds of species of wildlife in and around the Gulf are at risk.

Here's how you can help wildlife and their habitat.

The National Wildlife Federation is making it easy for you to donate. Simply text "WILDLIFE" to 20222 to donate $10. You can also donate online.

NWF says the money donated to the gulf oil spill restoration fund will go toward supporting NWF's immediate response and longer term on-the-ground work to safeguard wildlife affected by the tragedy.

The International Bird Rescue Research Center, which picks up oiled birds, cleans and rehabilitates them, allows individuals to donate or adopt a bird. Adopting a pelican, for example, costs $200, which will go to the cost of raising and eventually releasing the bird.

Donations to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research will be used to support programs for wildlife, including oiled wildlife response and wild bird clinic.

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