Jaime’s First Post from the Gulf: May 7, 2010
Sorry I have not been able to blog. We are in an area without Internet. Yes it turns out there are still places in the world without internet access. I’m using someone’s computer with a Verizon card.
To date, we have set up a center in Sulfur, LA. We have 3 birds in custody. The oil is staying off shore but slowly moving inland toward the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. We took a pounding 3 hour boat trip today out to some offshore islands; North Island, Northwest Island and the Chandeleur Islands. All the islands in this area are packed with 300-400 brown pelicans. All three islands are also double boomed to protect the birds, but this only works if the birds stay on the islands…ya right! I am heading up a team that is going out to the islands to stay for 4-5 days to monitor the situation. The oil is about 1/4 mile off shore and moving fast. We passed over a lot of oil today, more than the media is talking about.
I will fill you in more when I get back from the islands.
Thanks again for everything.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
-Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted, 14 August 1966
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
– Ansel Adams
Editors Note: These photos were ones I found on the internet as Jaime is having difficulties posting from his current locale. You also might want to check out the IBRRC Blog for the latest information on their activities. Jaime is one of 16 staffers from IBRRC onsite in the gulf. aB
The photos below are of the recently set up Fort Jackson Oiled Bird Rescue Center, set up in the last week by IBRRC.