These pictures are really horrible to look at, but it sure puts the oil "spill" (deluge?) into perspective.
Thankfully, BP is taking some responsibility and is funding the rescue efforts of the International Bird Rescue Research Center. They accept donations, but are urging people to send donations to their local wildlife rehabilitation organizations. As the folks at the IBRRC put it, "A pelican is a pelican whether is it tangled in fishing tackle or oiled!"
This is not a post meant to criticize or shame big oil, or the use of oil, or anything like that. It is simply that the things humans do that destroy wildlife on such a large scale make me very sad. This planet belongs to all living things, and despite their (apparent) lack of sentience, animals and plants deserve to be here just as much as we do.