Wildlife Impact of the Mayflower Oil Spill

Wildlife Impact of the Mayflower Oil Spill

HAWK (Helping Arkansas Wild "Kritters") leading efforts, bathing animals to remove oil. Requests donations and other help via its Facebook page.
Patient 1 - a Blue Winged Teal received 3-31-13. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 1 - a Blue Winged Teal received 3-31-13. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 2 - a Mallard hen received 3-31-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 2 - a Mallard hen received 3-31-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 3 - a Mallard Hen received 3-31-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 3 - a Mallard Hen received 3-31-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 5 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 5 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 6 - a Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 6 - a Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 7 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 7 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 8 - a Wood duck hen received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 8 - a Wood duck hen received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 9 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 9 - a Mallard drake received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 10 - a Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 10 - a Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
A Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
A Gadwall received 04-01-2013. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 12 - a male Muskrat received 04-01-2013 (seen here recovering from anesthesia). Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Patient 12 - a male Muskrat received 04-01-2013 (seen here recovering from anesthesia). Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Number three is also a nearly unrecognizable Mallard hen. She has had two baths and will need at least one more. HAWK workers are keeping her warm while she rests. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
Number three is also a nearly unrecognizable Mallard hen. She has had two baths and will need at least one more. HAWK workers are keeping her warm while she rests. Photo courtesy: Helping Arkansas Wildlife "Kritters" (HAWK) via Facebook.
MAYFLOWER, AR - Like the Mayflower oil spill itself, the full impact on wildlife is not yet known, but oil-soaked birds and other animals are getting help.

HAWK (Helping Arkansas Wild "Kritters") says it's mission is to provide environmental education through the experiences of wildlife rehabilitation. NOTE: HAWK says Texas-based Wildlife Response Services is now leading the animal rescue effort.

The Russellville-based organization has been bathing affected wildlife to remove the oil. HAWK has seen more than a dozen "patients" so far, and is watching support roll in via its Facebook page.

That's where HAWK has posted information about a "wish list" of needed supplies and instructions about how to donate.

The following is needed for the animals in HAWK's care:

OIL SPILL response
  • $$ (cash)
  • Rubbermaid bins
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Dish washing gloves
  • Surgical gowns
  • Long plastic aprons
  • Surgical masks
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard Kennel cabs - all sizes
  • Clean towels
  • 55 Gallon trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Heating pads
  • Bottled water for our volunteers
  • Liquid Pepto Bismol

TRANSPORT volunteers for supplies AND animals

Daily needs:

  • 1/3 cc syringes
  • 1.0  cc syringes
  • heating pads
  • Pedialyte
  • Bottled water - 500 ml or 16.9 oz bottles for our volunteers
  • Simple Green brand cleaner
  • 60 gallon trash bags
  • Waste basket trash bags
  • Copy paper
  • Gift cards to Lowes (building supplies)
  • Gift cards to Wal-mart (animal groceries; i.e. greens, veggies, nuts, etc.)
HAWK says via Facebook it will "gladly also accept cash or credit card donations to purchase any of the above in additon to paying our veterinary bills. We are 100% volunteer, entirely donation funded. Your support is needed & welcomed!!"

You can donate by the following methods:
  • PayPal to hawkcenter.Arkansas@gmail.com
  • Credit cards by phone at (479) 222-0528
  • Regular mail: HAWK Center, P.O. Box 1922, Russellville, AR 72811-1922
If you're closer to Mayflower you can also drop donations at Progressive Therapy at 582 Arkansas 365.

Click here to watch a video from NBC News that includes a look at the work HAWK is doing.

Photos courtesy: HAWK via Facebook
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