After abandoning the rest of his life to hurriedly catch the research vessel Walton Smith on its voyage from Gulfport, Mississippi, bound for Miami, Florida, biologist David S. Lee settled into a familiar routine of the sea watch. Given how far north the ship remained during the afternoon of June 7, he was not really expecting much in the way of interesting bird life. The ocean, however, has an uncanny way of delivering surprises to a persistent researcher, and Dave is very persistent.
In this “Heroes” segment, meet Jack Bohannan, Refuge Manager of for Delta, Breton and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges in Southeast Louisiana. “When you are passionate about conserving wild animals and their habitats, that’s all the motivation you need to labor on in the face of this kind of adversity. The oil keeps on coming; but we will not give up and we will not give in. There is too much at stake.”
The Obama administration confirmed today that endangered sea turtles and other marine creatures are being burned alive in BP’s operations to contain the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, the Guardian reports. Environmental organizations are pressing the administration to halt the burning and look at prosecuting BP and its contractors for killing endangered species.
In the first installment of the “Heroes” series, we meet Jereme Phillips, who has been with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 11 years. He is the Refuge Manager at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Learn about how Jereme’s been dealing with the Gulf oil disaster.
Defenders’ vice president of Communications Cindy Hoffman introduces “Heroes in the Gulf, ” a series dedicated to the the men and women who are working tirelessly to mitigate the devastating effects of oil on the Gulf coast and its wildlife. Join Defenders as we hear stories from people from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Fish and Game and more working at ground zero of the Gulf oil disaster.