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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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