Wildlife has already experienced the adverse affects of the oil spill that started in English Bay on April 8.
According the BC SPCA, even one drop of oil can kill a bird. They explain on their website that oil damages the waterproof layer of a bird's feathers, thus compromising their insulation. The birds can die of hypothermia, lose flight or buoyancy, or ingest or inhale toxic compounds through preening or inhalation.
The BC SPCA warns that you should never attempt to wash a wild animal affected by oil or pollution on your own. Due to the painstaking, stressful, and slow rehabilitation process, you should contact a professional wildlife rehabilitator.
If you happen to see wildlife in distress, you should not attempt to capture it yourself.
Instead, the City of Vancouver asks people to call 604-873-7000 with the location, species (if known), condition, and behaviour of the animal.
However, if you do want to contribute to efforts to helping save wildlife affected by oil spills, there are a number of organizations that you can contact.
The Oiled Wildlife Society of B.C. (along with Focus Wildlife) is involved in the response to the English Bay fuel spill.
You can apply for Oiled Wildlife Society membership. First Responders training courses are also offered.
If you want to provide financial assistance, you can also help to sponsor them in acquiring equipment and resources that will help save wildlife.
Another organization you can contact about helping is the BC SPCA; contact wildlife services manager Sara Dubois.
If you're more interested in helping with the general cleanup of the oil spill, you can sign up with the City of Vancouver for volunteer opportunities if help is needed.