Sunday, August 22, 2010
Back to School / Shark Expert's Thoughts / AWESOME Whales!
3:56 pm cdt
Okay, school has started
and I am behind in updating my blog – SORRY! I am going to let my mom update it with me so that together, we can make
sure there is a weekly update. We will let you know which one of us is updating each time, and as always, nothing is posted
without my review.
cousin, mom & I went to New Orleans to meet with Miss Gina Trapani of the Audubon Institute and give her our first check!
We got to see several Kemp’s Riley sea turtles that have been rescued & are on exhibit at the aquarium. Check out
the pictures on the kidslovethegulf
Facebook page. I really love the gulf oil rig exhibit at the Aquarium of the Americas – it is really cool and reminds
me of all of the different fish that swim in the gulf. These rigs are important to the gulf wildlife because they create artificial
reefs and shelter. It is amazing what all lives there.Several of the
first turtles that were rescued were released into the wild this past week. Check out http://www.wafb.com/global/story.asp?s=13004973 for the story.
The Washington Post had Andy Dehart,
marine biologist and shark advisor to Discovery Channel's Shark Week, was online on Aug. 4, to discuss the series, swimming with sharks & conservation.
Here’s what he had to say about the spill’s effect on the shark population:
Q. Effects of the Oil spill on Sharks? I
know that predators at the top of food chains can be particularly sensitive to ecological disasters if one or two food sources
are affected. What is the potential magnitude of the impact on Atlantic Shark populations of this BP Spill? How long do you
expect we'll see those effects?
potential for long term damage to shark populations is huge! This
disaster could affect the entire gulf ecosystem for decades. The
gulf is home to a huge variety of shark species, many of which use the northern Gulf of Mexico to pup and then the young stay
in the area for years feeding on the abundant fish. As sharks are slow to mature, have few young and often do not breed
every year this spill could throw off that cycle for years to come. There is also the direct affect to sharks that get
oil on their gills and then suffocate or the ones that are poisoned through eating small levels of toxic oil residue in numerous
fish called bioaccumulation. – August 04, 2010 12:23 PM
Finally, here are a few links to some cool videos of WHALES right in our very own Gulf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idxniMZSFKI … sperm whale swimming by an ROV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb-hujQs2dY … another sperm whale investigating an ROV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPWbFg2HWE … killer whales off of Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeHdLMJ5oAA … killer whales off of Orange Beach, FL.
How cool is that!?!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
It's DONATION DAY! We are heading down to New Orleans to give the Audubon Institute
the first check for $5000!!!!!
10:03 am cdt
In the news, BP is continuing to stop the flow of oil & kill the well. BUT THE
RECOVERY IS NOT OVER! As the oil breaks down, the need for animal emergency rescue lessens. BUT there are many, many animals
out there that cannot be rescued. The oil has affected the food chain and we need to continue to help the coast & gulf
recover. This week, CCA (Coastal Conservation Association)sent a letter to BP urging the company to approve funding of a proposal made by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries for a saltwater hatchery system on the coast. They believe
the hatchery system is a good long-term solution for the recovery of several important species.
many things we can do to help ... one of them is learning all you can about the gulf and telling everyone you know about kidslovethegulf.org!!
Let's keep on pushing for our next goal: $10,000!!!!
Monday, August 2, 2010
BISTRO BYRONZ NIGHT
2:21 pm cdt
Dear friends and kids who love the gulf! Bistro Byronz
is having a 'fun'draiser for us!!!! We have some fun things planned, so please come out & enjoy GOOD FOOD for
a GOOD CAUSE! On MONDAY, AUGUST 9th, they are donating 20% of in house food orders and 10% of to-go orders to kidslovethgeulf.org!!!!!!
So, save the date!
COME CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER & THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL!
kidslovethegulf.org LOVES Bistro Byronz!
MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2010
5412 Government Street
5:00 p.m. til close
GOOD FOOD. GOOD FRIENDS. GOOD CAUSE. GREAT FUN!
HAPPY SHARK WEEK!!!!
2:00 pm cdt
Happy Shark Week everyone! This week is my
favorite week of the year-Shark Week + my birthday! I love shark week so much because the way they film the sharks is so cool.
The sharks are amazing because of their grace and size. The whole family watched Shark Week last night. Check out things on
Shark Week at the discovery channel site. They have cool games (like ‘shark yourself’) and quizzes to test your knowledge. There
are several important species of sharks in the gulf like the bull shark, the tiger shark, the mako, the cookie cutter, the
blue shark, and one of the coolest: the whale shark. Check out the LIVE webcam at the Georgia Aquarium – they have at least 2 whale sharks!!!!
I just got back room the Gulfarium camp in Fort Walton Beach. The camp was so cool – we had
a dolphin encounter, fed the sting rays and learned a lot about the tortoises, sea turtles, pinnipeds (sea lions & seals),
river otters, sharks and the exotic birds they house there. The camp was headed by Miss
Chris and Mr. Frank – it was really fun. We did not see any oil on the beach – one day there were a few small
tar balls, but they were more like hard rocks or driftwood – not the goopy stuff you see on the news. The beach was
still beautiful and we had fun jumping waves & body boarding. On the way home we ate at Lu Lu’s (Jimmy Buffet’s sister’s restaurant) and I had the best burger ever.
Some cool things have been happening with the website - we got an order from ALASKA!
We also received a donation from a soldier stationed on the FOB Endeavor – really cool. We are trying to work with The
Audubon Institute to set up an appointment to go down to give a donation check this week before school starts. We are waiting
to hear from them.
Another local businesses are helping us out with our cause:
Bliss has placed some of our
shirts in their studios – please go by if you get a chance.
They have 2 locations, but they are there depending on the class schedule, so please call to check
to see when they are open.Yoga Bliss- Mid City
7384 Highland Rd
Kenilworth Plaza - 2nd Floor
1857 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802