It was final day in the Gulf for this trip, and after an early morning interview on camera with a local CBS affiliate we jumped back into the car (again) to head along the coast. We heard the reports that Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge had been hit with oil since the last time we were there. Knowing it’s sea turtle nesting season in that area, we decided to check in with the refuge staff and see what the impacts have been.
Learn more from Mike Senatore, vice president of Conservation Law at Defenders, about why Defenders and SELC plan to file suit against BP for the unauthorized killing and harming of endangered species in the Gulf caused by the continuing oil spill and use of chemical dispersants.
Least terns make up for in moxy what they lack in size. As I walked along the edge of a Gulfport, Mississippi, beach where terns were nesting, a whole cadre of bird-chaperones cautioned me to “watch it suckah!” A group of the tiny white birds hovered a few feet over my head, occasionally charging…. Read more »
In an CBS interview in Louisiana, Defenders’ executive vice president Jamie Rappaport Clark details the heartbreaking sight of pelicans covered in oil, the harmful use of chemical dispersants and the need for all hands on deck in order to get the shoreline clean. “I cannot imagine how we will recover from this,” she says.
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.