Gulf oil spill volunteer opportunities

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Local and national environmental groups are asking the public for help with cleanup along the Gulf coast states due to the recent oil spill disaster. Check out groups below and see more on this list from Tonic.

National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are teaming up to register on-call volunteers:

"Volunteers can fill a variety of needs, from oiled wildlife recovery, to monitoring and photographing oil movement, to providing a boat and driver for response activities. No specific training or experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Some tasks, such as food preparation, may require no training. Other tasks, such as washing oiled birds, may require specific certifications or skills. We encourage pre-veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and anyone with HAZWOPER training to volunteer. Anyone with experience in dealing with wildlife handling, rehabilitation, or hazardous materials clean up is also strongly encouraged to register."

The Gulf Restoration Network needs volunteers for cleanup efforts going on in where the oil has already reached the shore in Mississippi and will need more as the spill spreads to neighboring shores.

The Sierra Club needs assistance from wildlife rescue and shoreline cleanup efforts to manning phone banks and blogging on events.

Save Our Seabirds in Sarasota needs both monetary donations and manpower to help clean up oiled wildlife brought in. See their website or call 941-388-3010.

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