A Personal Reflection »

After her second trip to the Gulf, Defenders’ Communications director Cindy Hoffman reflects on the state of beaches impacted by the ongoing oil disaster.

“What you’re seeing in those pictures is exactly what’s there. It is just horrifying to think of the impact this is having on wildlife and our natural resources,” she says.

Photographer Bill Campbell back in the Gulf »

Back down to Louisiana and Alabama, photographer and Defenders of Wildlife friend Bill Campbell spent his second trip to the Gulf capturing on film the thick crude washed up on the once-pristine beaches of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and in the waters surrounding the brown pelican nesting colony at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay.

Where will all the spilled oil go? »

Knowing where this oil is going to strike sometime into the future is no easy task. Ocean currents that transport and also weather the spilled oil are notoriously fickle. Currents change each year, each month, each week, every day. Some currents even change by the hour and minute. Because of this great uncertainty, the ocean can ultimately either help or hinder our efforts to contain at least some of the environmental damages caused by the spill.

A groundswell of Gabriellas »

Luckily, there are people who show great leadership at times like these. I have the fortune of knowing one such person and benefiting from her example. She knew I was working in the Gulf on behalf of wildlife, but she didn’t bother to ask me what she could do. Instead she thought about it, analyzed her abilities and income, and figured out the best step she could take to help the wildlife of the Gulf. She opened a Kool-Aid stand and started raising money for Defenders of Wildlife.