The IWDG and the National Parks and Wildlife Service(NPWS) did their best~I believe a ranger stayed with the distressed animal through its last night~but the people who could be volunteering for them were too intent on behaving badly towards a living creature. One man nearly drowned his children trying to get to the whale on a rising tide because he wasn’t going let his kids ‘miss this chance’. Aside from distressing a living creature and affecting post mortem results this weird behaviour is a depressing signifier of how disconnected people can be. Even dead bodies speak of their environment, of the history not only of their own mortal arc but of the evolution of all of us so when I arrived on Friday to find a grown man standing on top of the Killer Whale and when I heard later of children kicking it, it jarred. By the end of Saturday the body was covered in foot prints, traffic was making access difficult and the Council had called the Gardai on the freezing, starving IWDG volunteers who were trying to protect the body for post mortem. Happily it was all sorted in the end.
In Ireland you can join the IWDG from as little as €20 annually. It is €40 for a family. Go to http://www.iwdg.ie or email Deirdre Slevin at email@example.com
I am quite sure you are free to send money too.
You can volunteer to for Effort watches 100 minutes per month. Its a good way to learn what to look for. You can volunteer for the strandings project too. None of this takes up much time.
Everyone is also free to report sightings and strandings directly onto the website. Its very straight forward.
There are other organisations too..
Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) is Waterford based and runs great free workshops.
The National Parks & Wildlife Service(NPWS)
The Irish Wildlife Trust
And many more.
You will find local branches of the Wildlife Trust and Irelands Wildlife as well all of the above organisations on Facebook and Twitter which is a good way to keep up with events.
All opinions are my own and I do not speak for any organisation nor am I an expert of any kind. Except maybe in eating cake.