***************** Gulf oil disaster and what we can do to help We are all very concerned about the huge BP oil disaster occurring in the Gulf and the effect it may/will have on the millions of birds - and other wildlife species - that are nesting and breeding in the path of what could become America's worst environmental catastrophe. What can we possibly do to help? From the beginning, National Audubon has been involved, joining with other national groups to coordinate efforts to help where needed, working with local chapters along the Gulf, and posting the latest information on their website (http://audubon.org/). Coordinating efforts at the national and local levels, volunteers are being linked with specific tasks as the disaster unfolds. To volunteer, especially if you have specific skills in wildlife rescue or other emergency support, sign up on the website above. _*Here are additional ways we can all help*_: * _Stay informed_. The latest news, especially about the effect of the oil on birds and wildlife, can be found on Audubon's homepage: http://audubon.org/ * _Take action_. Contact your legislators and urge them to fully fund efforts to restore habitat along the Gulf coast, particularly Louisiana, and to support safer energy solutions. * _Donate money_. All funds will be used wisely for restoration, volunteer efforts, and sound energy policy work. More information can be found on Audubon's homepage: http://audubon.org/ * _Do all you can to save energy_. Consider biking, walking, or taking mass transit whenever possible. Consolidate or share trips. Try doing a BIGBY (Big Green Big Year - see Green Birding <http://www.sparroworks.ca/CA/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=115:green-birding-&catid=58:green-birding&Itemid=66>), a fun, carbon-neutral way to see how many bird species you can see by walking or biking (or paddling) from home or work. Make it a competition if you like - several people in Wisconsin already are! * _Do whatever you can to restore and improve habitat_. From planting a few native species in your yard to attract birds and the insects they depend upon, to using fewer (or no) pesticides, to encouraging your community to become a "Bird City Wisconsin" (see http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/), there are a myriad of ways to bolster declining populations of birds that breed, winter, or migrate through Wisconsin. For more ideas see: http://www.audubon.org/bird/at_home/Healthy_Yard.html Take what action(s) you can, send any additional ideas of how we can all help - and thanks for your concern. Karen -- Karen Etter Hale 2nd Vice President, Wisconsin Audubon Council Executive Secretary, Madison Audubon Society 222 S Hamilton St, Suite 1 Madison, WI 53703-3201 608/255-BIRD (2473) /--Making Time for Birds/ #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.