NWF President and CEO Larry Schweiger is quoted in the press release, and his sense of the tragedy comes from what he has been seeing in his trips to the Gulf. “The impact this disaster is having on people and wildlife in the Gulf region is unthinkable. This tragedy is unfolding in the heart of spring migration, nesting season and calving season in the open water,” he said. Larry will return to the Gulf next month to help amplify the message that the Obama Administration and Congress have critical work to do.
NWF affiliates in the region have been tireless in their response work to this disaster. On the Florida Wildlife Federation website, you can watch a clip of President Manley Fuller’s interview on MSNBC, and learn more about FWF’s call to action to protect the Florida coastline. On the Louisiana Wildlife Federation website, Executive Director Randy Lanctot has been keeping a words-and-photos journal of his trips to the coast. “We will observe over the ensuing months and years the adequacy of the Gulf of Mexico’s vaunted recuperative powers to sustain the impacts of this event,” he writes. “I hope we can encourage and accelerate it as much as possible without contributing further harm in our ardor to do good.,”
Since the oil spill disaster began nearly two months ago, National Wildlife Federation staff have been on the ground assessing and reporting the damage to wildlife and habitats. Through our Gulf Coast Surveillance Network, we are helping organize and deploy teams of volunteers who are doing the heartbreaking work of locating and reporting birds and other animals in trouble.
Please don’t forget that we all can play a part in this recovery. You can help save our treasured natural resources by texting WILDLIFE to 20222 to donate $10 to NWF. And you can find much more accurate information about what’s happening in the Gulf region, updated constantly, at the NWF oil spill web pages.
Thank you very much for all you do on behalf of America's wildlife.
Director of Affiliate Partnerships
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190