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.
It’s day 49 of the Gulf oil catastrophe and I am back on the ground, this time in southern Louisiana with Cindy Hoffman and Krista Schlyer to see for myself the true impact on wildlife.
Oil is extremely toxic to loggerheads and other species. Exposure can cause skin loss, poisoning, drowning and death… which is exactly why we need every available tool to help save the lives of individual loggerheads and save this species from extinction. Urge federal officials to improve protections for loggerhead sea turtles.
BP’s second try at cap-and-kill has helped contain a portion of the oil spill. However, oil continues to move further eastward on the Florida coast, and reports of oil plumes have surfaced.
The 38 national wildlife refuges bordering the Gulf of Mexico are havens for a remarkable variety of birds, sea turtles, marine mammals and other wildlife—including at least 27 threatened or endangered species. Many of these refuges, and the native plants and animals they harbor, are in the path of spreading oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon… Read more »