Since the majority of the general population cannot help rescue and rehabilitate oiled animals directly, the next best thing might be a symbolic adoption of a sea turtle, brown pelican or member of another species. For example, a $20 adoption fee to the NWF will make you the surrogate parent to a sea turtle and the funds will go toward protecting and sustaining fragile sea turtle hatcheries.
Brown pelicans have become the poster child for the plight of all wildlife trying to survive in oiled waters and marshes. To adopt one of Louisiana's state birds, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research offers a $100 adoption package that includes a certificate, photos, plush bird and more. Your adoption fee will ensure continued aid for the brown pelican and many other wild birds.