"Millions of birds are nesting and breeding in the path of what may well become America's worst environmental catastrophe," says a notice on the local chapter's Web site. "Globally significant important bird areas -- essential to survival of already imperiled species -- are at risk from Louisiana to Florida's Gulf Coast."
The national conservation group is organizing training programs for volunteers on the handling of oil-soaked wildlife. Audubon is also soliciting donations to aid in the attempt to rescue wildlife affected by the spill.
The group plans to use its facility in Moss Point, Miss., to move aid to affected areas. More than 13,000 volunteers have signed up, according to a news release from the society.
Paul Koehler, the director of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary, said he has not been directly involved in local recruiting efforts, which are being handled online through a uniform registration process managed by the national organization.
Details on the program are available at www.augustaaikenaudubon.org.