“Only in the last moment of human history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.” *


After four decades, the Brown Pelican was taken off the
endangered list last year. Pelicans currently nesting on Gulf Coast barrier
islands are right in the bulls-eye for theoil spill as
it drifts shoreward.

Brown pelican, Caspian tern, royal tern, Sandwich tern, least tern, laughing gull, black skimmer, American oystercatcher, Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, clapper rail, black rail, seaside sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, sandhill cranes, and all other species of plovers, sandpipers, ibises, herons, egrets, warblers, orioles, buntings, flycatchers,
swallows, marsh-dwelling songbirds, ospreys, hawks, eagles.

Those are just the birds.

All other animals in the marine, estuarine, riparian, and terrestrial habitats along the Gulf Coast are at risk from the oil and spill-related pollutants: plankton, marine invertebrates, sea turtles, all fishes, crustaceans, reptiles, and amphibians. Alligators, river otters, manatees, dolphins, whales.

Something you can do right now:

text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate $10 to theNational Wildlife Foundation.

Or donate to other rescue and volunteer efforts:

Audobon Society

International Bird Rescue Research Center

Lousiana Gulf Response

Sierra Club

Mobile Baykeeper

Matter of Trust (hair and nylon collection)

You can find other resource, rescue, and volunteer organizationshere.


*E. O. Wilson

8 thoughts on ““Only in the last moment of human history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.” *

  1. I haven’t seen one nutter yet to suggest we pray this disaster away. Their god ain’t shit against the disasters of Big Oil.

  2. I am sure somewhere an Aggie is working on genetically engineered waterfowl to populate the wetlands of the Gulf coast.

  3. Just thinking last night. A lot of the reich wing will talk about how the ocean is so big that man can’t affect it. Hogwash, I admit.
    But the oil gushing out isn’t humans making the oil and gushing it out. Humans just dug a little hole between where the oil was and where we don’t want the oil (in the ocean).
    The scope of the disaster is that geology (that is the big mass of the earth) is pushing the oil out.
    So did BP make adequate plans to fight the entire mass of the earth?

  4. Are you speaking rhetorically as a supposed right winger?
    Because I think it’s been pretty well-established BP et al’s plans were in no way adequate, and that, coupled with extant ‘regulations’ and allowable exemptions within those regulations, are the “scope” of the disaster.
    Wait till the economic cascade of multiple industries being wiped out or nearly so by this happens in earnest. That will bring it home to them.

  5. Hi Virgo, I’m thinking in terms of talking with Reich wingers. Personally, I can list so many cases of where we’ve goofed up the earth that the so-called argument of “the earth is so big” is total hogwash.
    On a related note, from the Chronicle of Higher Ed (you can see the first 2 paragraphs for free, and that is enough to make your stomach spin) WHY ARE THE LAWMAKERS POTECTING POOR LITTLE BP AND SHOULDN’T THE LAWMAKERS BE DEFENDING THE LITTLE GUY WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS:
    May 11, 2010
    Louisiana Bill Would ‘Cripple’ Law-School Clinics, Deans Say
    By Katherine Mangan
    As a massive oil slick spreads closer to Louisiana’s coastline, state lawmakers are scrambling to line up votes for a bill that would prevent the state’s law-school clinics from suing government agencies or companies that violate pollution laws.
    The bill, SB 549, is aimed squarely at Tulane University’s Environmental Law Clinic, which has been a thorn in the side of the state’s chemical …

  6. oy.
    Thanks for the heads up on that. I have full access to the Chronicle.

  7. watched the end of the whaling american experience. humans are lucky they didn’t go extinct like the neanderthals they are.

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