Published: Jun 07, 2010 3:54 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 07, 2010 12:55 AM EDT

St. Petersburg, Fla - More than 2,000 people signed up at event to help clean beaches and birds ahead of an oil slick.

A boater's association leading efforts to get residents with boats to pledge they will hit the water the minute crude makes its way to shore.

Volunteers also jotting down their information for organizations spearheading efforts to clean beaches and birds covered in oil.  They are also recruting fuel sponsors with donations raised going toward boaters who help in the clean up. 

Organizers of the event says the turn out was better than expected.

The group will now wait on the Coast Guard to give them the go-ahead should their help is needed.