AUSTRALIAN Seabird Rescue, based in Ballina, is sending a scout to the Gulf of Mexico this week to see if the organisation can help with the rescue and rehabilitation of pelicans and seabirds affected by the oil spill.

The scout will help arrange a partnership with an appropriate local wildlife agency and source accommodation, transport and other logistics to enable a rescue team to depart for the US as soon as possible.

ASR projects manager, Keith Williams said, “We have caught thousands of pelicans, gulls and terns that can still fly. Our volunteers have experience from the Tasmanian Iron Baron Oil Spill, are registered with the BP Horizon Response Centre, have completed Post Emergency Oil Spill Cleanup training and have passports ready”.

"We can provide immediate assistance, and can train local wildlife carers for a sustainable response”, Mr Williams said.

“Please help us send teams of ASR volunteers to the BP Horizon Oil Spill.”

In order to get the teams to the US, Australian Seabird Rescue is launching a fundraising appeal to help meet the costs.

ASR is an Australian Federal Government registered environment organisation and is endorsed as a tax deductible gift recipient, ABN 51 972 455 398.

ASR members are licensed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Donations can be made online at www.seabirdrescue.org



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