[CT Birds] New York Stock Exchange Highlights Audubon Gulf Oil Spill Response

ELKINS, Kenneth kelkins at audubon.org
Fri Jun 25 14:03:44 EDT 2010

New York Stock Exchange Highlights Audubon Gulf Oil Spill Response

On Friday, June 25, representatives from the National Audubon Society will visit the New York Stock Exchange to highlight the organization's efforts to help birds, wildlife and habitat affected by the Gulf oil spill.

To mark the occasion, Dr. Frank Gill<http://audubon.org/news/pressroom/Leaders/Gill.html>, President of the National Audubon Society, and 11-year-old artist and bird-lover Olivia Bouler will ring The Closing Bell <http://www.nyse.com/about/history/1184063074309.html> at 4PM. A live webcast of The Closing Bell (beginning at 3:59 p.m.) will be available on the homepage of www.nyse.com<http://www.nyse.com/>.

Since she began her campaign, Olivia Bouler has drawn and sent out 150 illustrations of birds, including the iconic Brown Pelican imperiled by the ongoing oil spill, and attracted more than 9,000 fans on her Facebook page<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Gulf-Olivias-Bird-Illustrations/102196836492763>. 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.  Updates on Audubon initiatives can be found at www.audubon.org<http://www.audubon.org/> and the Audubon magazine blog www.audubonmagazine.org<http://www.audubonmagazine.org/>

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, who reported from the Gulf in this recent video bit.ly/b0pjiZ<http://bit.ly/b0pjiZ>

Ken Elkins
Education Programs Manager
Audubon Center at Bent of the River
185 Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT  06488
kelkins at audubon.org<mailto:kelkins at audubon.org>

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