6 Ways to Use Technology to Help Wildlife Impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill

GreatEgretEverglades_LynWinians_219X219 The National Wildlife Federation is working hard to help wildlife impacted by the BP Oil Spill–recruiting volunteers, coordinating restoration efforts, educating the public, and advocating for clean energy policies.

We need your help!

We are looking for dedicated online wildlife advocates to help spread messages about the oil spill’s impacts to wildlife, and also share what people can do with your online communities.


Here are a few ways you can help by supporting us online. If you can think of others, let us know!

1.) Become our Friend: If you aren’t already part of the National Wildlife Federation family on Twitter, Facebook, Change.org, or any other site that you frequent regularly, we’d love to connect and band together to keep up to date on these issues.

2.) Join and Recruit People to NWF’s Facebook Cause: “Help Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill” by joining the cause, recruiting your friends, sharing photos and videos, and even starting a birthday cause to ask for donations to help Gulf Coast wildlife in lieu of gifts.

3.) Update Your Blogs/Sites: We’re posting the latest oil spill news (for wildlife) on http://www.nwf.org/oilspill and if you can’t be present to volunteer, the next best thing you can do is share your experience in terms of what news or coverage you’ve seen. If you have a blog post that you’ve written and would like NWF to see it, please send me an email at brigidad [at] nwf.org so that I can spread the word.

Here are a few additional pages that may offer up some great answers:

4.) Speak up for Wildlife: Taking action is an incredibly important way to help be proactive against future disasters. Edit and send this message to your senators demanding cleaner energy options. After you do, pass the page onto your friends to spread the word.

Share photos and video5.) Share Your Photos and Videos: On the ground along the Gulf Coast? Share your photos and videos on Flickr by tagging them SPILL_NW10.

6.) Share Your Status: Donating your support and time is another way that really makes a difference. If you don’t have the money to text, donate to Causes or otherwise–consider how much you can do just by spreading the word! Donate your Facebook status or Twitter updates and be sure to tag @NWF or @National Wildlife Federation.

Sample Messages to Re-Tweet and Repeat:

How the BP Oil Spill could hurt animals–and how you can help: http://www.nwf.org/oilspill

Volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams: http://www.nwf.org/oilspill

Help Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill by joining NWF’s Facebook Cause: http://www.causes.com/oilspill

Please comment below if you have any ideas for other things people can do to help wildlife online. We truly appreciate all of you who have helped during this important time.