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I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. We have some good news to share! A young Brown Pelican we named "Hershel,"who was found by a rig crew covered with a light sheen of oil in Buras three weeks ago, has made a full recovery and was released back into the wild yesterday by members of the Audubon Institute, who nursed him back to health. Attached is a photo of Hershel the day we delivered to Audubon and photos of his release that appear in today's Morning Advocate. http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/multimedia/photos/14330158-172/photos-pelican-release
Our state offers very few resources to help injured or orphaned wildlife, and we plan on sponsoring wildlife rehabilitation workshops in 2016. In the meantime, I hope you will put a little present in our humane society's stocking before Christmas, so we can help others like Hershel (later named "Snappy.")
You can donate here: http://humanela.org/donate.htm
Many of our city's and state's waterways, bayous, streams and canals and full of trash and debris. Here is just one example of a canal in Algiers that I started cleaning ealier today. Imagine the challenges this trash poses to the water birds, frogs and turtles, just to name a few of the marine animals, who try and live in this filth.
Our Humane Society will be scheduling outdoor clean up days periodically throughout the next year, so please get your gloves, googles and boots ready! It's time we all chipped in and helped our beleaguered state and planet!
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays. If you feel like cleaning this canal with me during the next few days, please email me at [masked]
Many thanks to all of you who volunteered yesterday at the Barkus parade. Next year, we should enter our own float! Thank you to Claire, Cheryl (and her guest), Leah and her awesome family, Kat and her equally awesome husband, JP, Carrie and her obviously awesome family, Tamara and Travis, Joseph and his wonderful wife, Patti, who moved here three weeks ago from Florida and knows more people here than I do, and everyone else I may have failed to mention. Let's keep our dream of making Louisiana a kinder, more compassionate state alive!