Stopping the Oil:
A Race Against The Clock

Oil on a Beach

Oil washed up on a beach in the Gulf Coast

Since April 20th, the world’s eyes have been focused on the Gulf of Mexico. Thick, brown oil has been gushing from a deep sea oil well, spilling into the Gulf and causing one of the most serious environmental disasters in the United States.

By April 26th, the oil slick had grown to the size of Rhode Island. Today, after millions of gallons of oil have flowed into the ocean, scientists estimate the spill could be bigger than the states of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scientists say this is the largest oil spill in the history of the country—threatening hundreds of miles of coastline in more than five states and creating danger for countless species of wildlife and the people who live along the coast.

Cleaning a Pelican

Examining the pelican's wing.

The National Audubon Society is a conservation organization that has been working to protect the birds and habitats of the Gulf for more than 100 years. Audubon staff and volunteers are working hard with partners on the ground to help clean up habitat, monitor where the oil is hitting, and look at how it’s affecting birds and habitat, as well as people. What’s encouraging is that thousands of Volunteers have stepped up to help!