The National Audubon Society visits the NYSE to highlight the organization’s efforts to help birds, wildlife and habitat affected by the Gulf oil spill. In honor of the occasion, Dr. Frank Gill, President of the National Audubon Society and 11-year-old bird-lover, artist and fundraiser Olivia Bouler rings The Closing BellSM.|
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Since she began her campaign, Olivia Bouler has sent out 150 illustrations (she's capped the number at 500, after which contributors will receive limited edition prints) and attracted more than 9,000 fans on her Facebook page. AOL recently announced “Olivia’s Help the Gulf Wildlife Project,” a partnership with the young artist to help display her work and enhance aid going to one organization in particular that’s responding to the spill.
With a long history of safeguarding the birds and habitats of the region, the National Audubon Society has recruited and mobilized hundreds of volunteers to respond to the spill. Through their newly opened Volunteer Resource Center in Mississippi, Audubon volunteers are already supporting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other agencies with the emergency response. They are also being trained and deployed for monitoring and assessment vital to long-term plans for restoring the region’s birds, wetlands and ecological health.
Inspired by John James Audubon’s art and her own love of birds, Olivia has set her aspirations on one day becoming an ornithologist like Audubon’s Dr. Gill.
About the National Audubon Society
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. www.audubon.org (Source: National Audubon Society)