Cornell Bird On the Gulf Update

Piping Plover by Olivia Bouler

Young Artist Helps Gulf Coast Birds
Eleven-year-old Olivia Bouler, an aspiring ornithologist and artist, wept when she heard about the oil spill along the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her grandparents in Louisiana and Alabama. She decided to give away bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Her efforts have gained national attention and raised more than $155,000 for organizations helping birds in the Gulf region. She says she dreams of going to Cornell to study ornithology some day. Olivia is this month’s featured artist on our All About Birds website. See Olivia’s gallery
Gulf Coast Updates
• For slideshows and bird news from the Louisiana coast, visit our Round Robin blog.

Read Update: Oil Reaches Bird Rookery on Island of Mangroves

Watch Video: Birds of Grand Terre, Louisiana, After Oil Washes Ashore

View Slideshow: Breton Island, Home of 100,000 Seabirds

Read Update: Searching for Plover Nests in the Sand

• Scientists need your help to find and monitor nests, including in Gulf Coast states. Toxins in the environment often have their earliest and most profound influences on reproduction. It is possible that birds passing through the Gulf region could carry contamination with them, creating an “oil shadow” of declines in bird reproduction hundreds of miles from the coast. Our NestWatch team asks for your help in monitoring Tree Swallows, Northern Cardinals, Purple Martins, and other species in your area. Learn more.

• View our new maps showing eBird reports with oil spill locations and forecasts. We have received more than 207,000 reports of birds from Gulf Coast states since May 4, including 12 species observed with oiled plumage. These data will be used to help in immediate and long-term recovery efforts.Thanks to all of you who have been reporting your observations to eBird.

• A heartfelt thanks to all our members and supporters for your contributions toward our work on the Gulf Coast. Your generosity helps our efforts to ensure the long-term recovery and health of wildlife affected by the oil spill. Click here to donate.

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