For many residents of the Gulf Coast, from Texas, to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, the salt marsh is their backyard. For generations, these families have made their living fishing the salt marsh and beyond.
The salt marsh is one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, and is the basis for the coastal marine food web. Oil, however, can kill the entire ecosystem, and devastate many species of wildlife.
The spill could not have happened at a worse time, because it is breeding season for birds, including the Brown Pelican (who only last year was removed from the endangered species list), fish, and sea turtles.
Here’s some resources to discover the impacts of the oil spill on the salt marsh and the wildlife that depends on it:
NWF drops everything to be the voice of wildlife effected by the oil spill. The spill continues to turn large areas of the Gulf of Mexico into dead zones. Donate to NWF to help wildlife impacted by the spill.
Tri-State Bird Rescue is leading the wildlife response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This is a volunteer organization. Please donate to help them continue to rescue oiled birds and other wildlife effected by this catastrophe.
Residents worry that dispersants may just make the problem worse because these chemicals are so toxic to the environment.
Please donate to NWF or TriState Bird Rescue to help mediate the impacts to wildlife of this devasting oil spill.
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