I got a note recently from a friend (thanks, Sherry) that included a message from the Cornell (University) Lab’s Conservation Science Director, Ken Rosenberg. Rosenburg cited the destruction in the Gulf of Mexico from the oil spill, and detailed how thousands of birds are in danger. I'm a bird lover and wanted to help, so I sent off a donation to Cornell's effort to help save birds and document the oil spill’s effect on birds for the public, scientists, and policy makers. I also sympathize with the residents of the Gulf Coast; the nightmare they're living thru could happen off our California shores just as easily. So I know that donations aren't just 'for the birds', but for people, too.
Details: Go to the Cornell website to make a donation that's not just for the birds.