"Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help"

Larry King Live hosts telethon supporting NWF's efforts to protect Gulf Coast wildlife, habitat and communities.

06-18-2010 // Aislinn Maestas
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This coming Monday, June 21, Larry King Live will host a special two-hour telethon to help victims of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. National Wildlife Federation has been selected as one of three charities that will receive donations raised during show, which will air between 8:00-10:00 pm ET.

“The impact this disaster is having on people and wildlife in the Gulf region is unthinkable,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “This tragedy is unfolding in the heart of spring migration, nesting season and calving season in the open water.”

Since the oil spill disaster began nearly two months ago, National Wildlife Federation staff has been on the ground assessing and reporting the damage to wildlife and habitats. Through our Gulf Coast Surveillance Network, we are helping organize and deploy teams of volunteers who are fanning out to locate and report birds and other animals in trouble.

“We are the ‘search’ in ‘search and rescue’ for wildlife,” said Schweiger. “With more than 10,000 miles of actual shoreline along the Gulf (counting bays and inlets), our hope is that our search efforts, combined with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, will give wildlife a chance at surviving this horrific tragedy, and that for those animals that simply cannot survive, we will work that much harder to restore their habitat so that one day their populations will recover.”

Donations from the telethon will support National Wildlife Federation's immediate response and longer term work to save wildlife impacted by this tragedy. These efforts include:

  • Development and deployment of a volunteer network for Gulf Coast surveillance of wildlife impacts and for longer term volunteer restoration programs.
  • Efforts to restore vulnerable nesting and breeding grounds as well as other delicate ecosystems found throughout the Gulf Coast for water birds, sea turtles and other animals.
  • Public education about the oil spill and its impacts on wildlife.

Celebrities participating in the "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help" telethon include Gloria Reuben, Chelsea Handler, Sting, Tim McGraw, Kathy Griffin, Alyssa Milano, Deepak Chopra, Pete Wentz, Ted Danson, Robert Redford, Harry Connick Jr., Jenny McCarthy, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Aaron Neville, Kerry Kennedy, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Anderson Cooper, Tyson Ritter, Lenny Kravitz, Ian Somerhalder, Edward James Olmos, Philippe Cousteau and more.

You can help National Wildlife Federation by spreading the word about the telethon to your family and friends.

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