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During my continued tour of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, I saw a loggerhead sea turtle surfacing in oily water. I felt ill to my stomach when I saw him struggling, knowing this is only a first glimpse of a long-term ecological disaster.
Wildlife may suffer from this catastrophe for years to come. History tells us that much. Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there is oil still buried in the shoreline. Some species, like the sea otter, still haven’t fully recovered. Given the long-term effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there is little doubt fish and the wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico will be harmed for a long time to come. If the leak can’t be stopped soon, the BP oil spill could be an even bigger disaster.
National Wildlife Federation is here on the ground in Louisiana, and we urgently need your help to save wildlife. Please give a gift now. Your gift of any amount will make a difference for wildlife here and across the country.
This may be the greatest environmental disaster in our nation’s history. This is no time to sit on the sidelines. Give what you can now.
Hundreds of thousands of animals seabirds, sea otters, bald eagles, seals, orcas and countless salmon and herring died in the Alaska spill. We have to do everything we can to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. There are 400 species at risk here, many threatened or endangered already.
Join NWF on the frontlines with a donation now. Thank you.
President & CEO