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Oil Spill & Wildlife in Danger: There’s an App for That

Written by Vicki Hinze

On December 27, 2010

WARNING:  This is a no-edit zone…

As you can tell from the above map, the oil spill is upon us.   The president is in town, making his first trip to Florida in this crisis. We haven’t seen skimmers here,  but we have seen evidence of the oil on our beaches.  Residents and local authorities are doing what they can in areas like Orange Beach, to clean up themselves.  Mindful that right now there are many jobs to do, on this one, both the government and BP have fallen short on getting the job done.

On Fox 10 I picked up information that locals might find helpful. There is a new app that can be used to report wildlife that needs help. More info on it follows:

App to help rescue oiled wildlife

Updated: Monday, 14 Jun 2010, 10:25 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 14 Jun 2010, 10:25 PM CDT

DAILY DOT COM – Monday, iPhone users who come upon oiled birds and other wildlife in the Gulf Coast region can immediately transmit the location and a photo to animal rescue networks using a free new iPhone app, MoGO, for Mobile Gulf Observatory. It was developed by four University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers to make it easier for the public to help save wildlife exposed to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the UMass Amherst researchers hope the MoGO app will draw on the large network of “citizen scientists” who are as heartbroken as they are to witness the disaster for marine life and who are actively looking for ways to help save wildlife along the 14,000 miles of northern Gulf coastline.

Destin, FL has needed info on training:
Hazardous Materials Awareness & Wildlife Response Training Classes Send email request to:

For More Info on the Oil Spill in the Destin area, the city has provided a new resource that has tons of information.


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