WA2S.org All Eyes On the Gulf Expedition Wildlife Documenters/Spotters Training in Venice, Louisiana

World Animal Awareness Society's first wave of volunteers have begun training as documenters/spotters for oiled or injured wildlife in the Gulf. The team will collect visual data, as well as act as "spotters" of affected wildlife.
June 11, 2010 - PRLog -- Venice, La - The WA2S.org All Eyes on the Gulf (AEOTG) expedition volunteer team members, led by Tom McPhee, have begun 2-days of intense wildlife documentation and spotter training in the Gulf of Mexico today.  The World Animal Awareness Society and Kinship Circle have created a team that includes filmmakers, photojournalists, FEMA certified disaster responders, experienced animal rescuers, and concerned citizens.  Ady Gil has introduced two team members to the WA2S.org AEOTG Expedition; these members will allow WA2S.org access to the affected regions by boat or plane, as well as on land.  The initial team met on today, June 11, 2010 at 8AM at the Venice Marina.  Once training is completed, team members will be appointed designated areas along the coast to document the current conditions as they pertain to the wildlife in the region.  The team will collect visual data from ground and air levels.  Team members will also act as "spotters" of the affected wildlife and will be assisting the Unified Area Command with locating the animals for their capture and care.  You will be able to track the expedition on the WA2S.org website, click on the events page to see a map where we will log our location daily.

AEOTG Expedition Purpose - There has been a dearth of visual information provided to the public regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf and how it is affecting the wildlife in the region.  The All Eyes on the Gulf (AEOTG) Expedition is a scientific expedition to collect visual data and provide an accurate window for the world to view the current circumstances.  The core mission of the World Animal Awareness Society is to focus a lens on these types of human-animal interactions and to share this information with the world. As it pertains to our mission, the World Animal Awareness Society will be involved in collecting visual data of the human-animal interactions now occurring in the Gulf region.  The World Animal Awareness Society is documenting the oil spill for historical, educational, and research purposes.  Visual data will be archived indefinitely, as will as distributed through the WA2S.org and made available to the world.

About World Animal Awareness Society - WA2S.org - WA2S is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Michigan and is a qualified organization according to the Internal Revenue Service regulations.  All donations are tax-deductible. The mission of the World Animal Awareness Society is to focus a lens on a wide range of human-animal interactions in order to have a filmed record of our behavior in expectation that it will create a window to observe human evolution. The moving image is arguably the rawest, most powerful educational tool we have to witness our behavioral patterns, attitudes and interactions and aid us in our continued growth.  The World Animal Awareness Society official website is http://www.WA2S.org

About Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid - Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada.  Formed in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina left tens of thousands of animals to fend for themselves. Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers, supplies and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. Kinship Circle works
in agreement with local agencies or other NGOs to deploy teams of trained and credentialed animal responders for assessment, search and rescue, and emergency sheltering aid. We also report disaster news to inform the public about ways they can support animal aid efforts. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

About Tom McPhee - Tom McPhee is the Executive Director and Founder of the World Animal Awareness Society - WA2S.org.  He is an award winning producer and director of film, TV, multi-language interactive media, as well as a specialty film/media distributor.   He is the owner of two media companies, Cave Studio and Man Smiling Moving Pictures.   Tom also served as producer and host/character in 2009 for two animal centric TV shows affiliated with The Pet Network of Canada.  Tom traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help provide relief to those affected.  While in New Orleans Tom discovered an entire world he had no idea existed--a world most people are not aware of---the world of animal rescue.  This discovery led to him producing and directing the award-winning documentary An American Opera and set Tom on a quest to witness the many ways humans and animals co-exist.  Through the World Animal Awareness Society, Tom scours the nation for stories to film about this relationship.   Tom has experience working in post-disaster environments and responds well with impromptu decision making required in these situations.  He participates in short course Q&A sessions that involve documenting disasters.   Tom recently participated in the relief efforts that occurred shortly after the earthquake in Haiti and this will be his second expedition to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill region.

Media Inquiries - World Animal Awareness Society is offering to share stories and imagery, including HD footage and skype interviews, during this trip.

Tom McPhee, 646-546-5640, mycavestudio@yahoo.com
Michelle Way, 310-734-6886, michelle.way@wa2s.org

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