Audubon Response

Pelicans and Booms
Kim Hubbard
A heavily oiled Brown Pelican sits hear healthy birds in Louisiana's Cat Bay.

With a century-long legacy of conservation in the Gulf Coast region, Audubon was quick to respond to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Our Louisiana Coastal Initiative and Mississippi River Initiative staff were first on the scene to assess the impacts and help guide and coordinate the emergency response. Shortly thereafter, Audubon's Oil Spill Volunteer Response Center opened its doors in Moss Point, Mississippi. The facility is a hub for a range of critical response activities, from assisting with oiled and injured bird transportation to to monitoring the spill's impacts to protecting beach-nesting bird colonies to making nets, cages and other materials used in bird rescue. Many volunteers are helping to assess the impacts of the spill on birds through the Coastal Bird Survey - a new program that will help guide and inform long-term recovery efforts. Thanks to our grassroots network of concerned Americans and the thousands of concerned people who contacted Audubon to volunteer, we are making a difference now - and will continue to do so long into the future.

Audubon is:

  • Contributing scientific expertise to state and federal disaster-response teams.
  • Recruiting and coordinating thousands of volunteers to aid in wildlife rescue, clean-up and support of heroic emergency responders through our recently launched Volunteer Response Center in Mississippi.
  • Guiding response efforts toward Important Bird Areas and sites needing special protection.
  • Training and organizing citizen scientists to capture vital population and habitat impact information through a new Coastal Bird Survey initiative, which will provide Audubon with data to guide long-term recovery planning and conservation.
  • Leading long-term restoration of the vulnerable and diverse Gulf Coast ecosystem.
  • Alerting the public to risks to birds and fragile resources.
  • Working for safer energy solutions.
  • Advocating for emergency-response funding and supporting sound public policy.

Learn how you can help.