Pelicans and gulls may experience hypothermia after oil coats their feathers, bottlenosed dolphins will become poisoned by consuming oil-tainted prey and sea turtle hatchlings are expected to have deformities, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Other wildlife expected to feel the impact of the spill include reddish
egrets, mottled ducks, royal terns, snowy plovers, sperm whales and bluefin tuna according to The National Audubon Society, as reported in the New York Times. During the winter months the Louisiana coast is home to 70 percent of the countries waterfowl and over 100 tropical migratory birds, according to National Geographic Daily News. Other southern states expecting wildlife to be effected by the spill include Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, according to the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, a division of the National Audubon Society. How You Can Help If you
live in the gulf region and witness wildlife affected by the oil spill, please report it to Deepwater Horizon Response by calling (866) 557-1401. The NWF is looking for volunteers to assist the NWF's Gulf Coast Surveillance Teams.