MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.—Thousands of animals are in serious danger of death or injury as a result of the massive oil spill in the Louisiana Gulf that continues to pump 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico—that’s enough oil to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool every 3 days.

According to published reports, more than 600 species of wildlife are at risk due to the deadly oil spill, including bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, loggerhead turtles, Pelagic birds, tuna, sailfish and many others. A bird that ingests just a dime-sized globule of oil will die, according to the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Mercer County residents can help save wildlife from being devastated by the oil spill in a number of ways.

Donations: Many organizations are collecting donations to assist in the wildlife relief effort. The following organizations are accepting donations for their efforts related to the oil spill:

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research
www.tristatebird.org/ - Donate online to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, which is overseeing the wildlife rehabilitation response in the Gulf Coast.

National Wildlife Federation
Text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to make a $10 donation via cell phone or donate online at
https://online.nwf.org/site/Donation2?df_id=16706&16706.donation=form1 

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Make a donation to the Coalition at www.crcl.org/ 

Volunteers: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, which is contracted by British Petroleum to provide wildlife assistance for species impacted by the oil spill. While many wildlife organizations and individuals have expressed interest in providing their assistance, all rehabilitation efforts must be coordinated through the U.S. Wildlife Service and Tri-State. Individuals who have experience in wildlife rehabilitation are asked to submit their inquiries about volunteering by emailing their information to fw4ppc@fws.gov or by calling (404) 679-7049. Those individuals who do not have wildlife rehabilitation experience but who still want to volunteer are asked to register online at the Gulf of Mexico-Deepwater Horizon Incident http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/.