Drinking out of a fire hose – life on wildlife rescue barges »

What a day! It was a long, hot and eventful one for Cindy, Krista and me as we continued our journey through south Louisiana bearing witness to the Gulf oil disaster. We headed out early for Venice to hook up with Jeff Corwin, on contract with NBC news as their environmental correspondent for the next year, and a great board member of Defenders of Wildlife. Also on the day’s expedition was Joel Sartore, an award winning National Geographic photographer, on assignment to document the wildlife impacts of the spill for a Nat Geo feature this fall.

To CNN, expert Richard Charter says… »

In an interview with CNN, Defenders’ expert Richard Charter discusses the chemical dispersants being applied to the Gulf oil spill by BP and the potential negative impacts they may have on Gulf wildlife such as fish and sea turtles. “This industry needs to wake-up and get serious about safety,” he says. (See Richard’s interview at 2:51)

Gulf icon »

Yesterday was bookended with images of a Gulf icon, the brown pelican, in gruesomely contrasting circumstances. I arrived yesterday with Jamie Rappaport Clark, Executive Vice President of Defenders of Wildlife and Cindy Hoffman, the organization’s Vice President for Communications. This is our second trip as a trio to the Gulf to assess and document first hand the extent of the impact of the oil spill and the effectiveness of the response.