Crowdsourcing Environmental Protection. Do your part: Save the Gulf from Oil
With the largest oil spill in U.S. history looming in the Gulf of Mexico, the wildlife and coastal habitats of the Gulf are under siege. As oil hits the coasts, thousands of birds, dolphins and sea turtles will be stranded along coastal shorelines. Although wildlife rescue networks are in place and have started rescue efforts, the task is enormous and trained staff too few. But you can help save wildlife by installing the free MoGO app on your iPhone™.
MoGO is a free iPhone™ app that turns you and your iPhone™ into a ‘citizen scientist’ helping wildlife experts find and rescue oiled birds, sea turtles, and dolphins. The MoGO app allows you to take and submit photos of oiled, injured, and dead marine and coastal wildlife; tar balls on beaches; oil slicks on water; and oiled coastal habitats.
Guide Rescue Efforts & Save Wildlife
Once you upload your photo, the locations of oiled and injured wildlife are pin-pointed with a GPS code generated by your iPhone™. You are then immediately connected to the Wildlife Hotline to report your observations so trained responders can be deployed to rescue oiled and injured animals, and to mobilize efforts to protect and restore vital habitats for fish and wildlife.
Creating Citizen Scientists
MoGO offers a method by which citizens can participate in rescue and recovery efforts of wildlife and restoration of the Gulf's habitats. Download MoGO today and start submitting data. Soon, citizen scientists will also be able to view submissions from MoGO users through this website and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade mapping website. Each photo uploaded will be reviewed by a team of experts, and your geo-tagged MoGO photos will be placed in a comprehensive, public database to help guide restoration of coastal and marine habitats of the Gulf.
News from the Gulf
Data provided by USFWS, NOAA, and other response and rehabilitation centers in the Gulf is publicly available through the Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection Reports.
Click on the image to the left for a map of Globally Important Bird Areas from American Bird Conservatory.
How much oil has leaked to date?
Watch the live stream and track gallons leaked.