According to wildlife officials, more than 300 sea birds have been found dead along the Gulf Coast during the first five weeks following BP's oil spill.
But there are some birds that can be helped.
Sponsoring a bird makes a great gift, and it's also a nice way to teach your child to respect and take care of nature.
At the International Bird Rescue Research Center, you can "adopt" a duck for $25 or an egret for $50; the birds will be cleaned and rehabilitated. Your toddler will receive a certificate of adoption that includes the band number of the bird, place, and date of release.
(This YouTube video shows how the oiled birds are cleaned -- incredible.)
Think you will sponsor a bird?