My wife Tamara and I write this blog and manage the ecard site here at Quillcards.
With that introduction, I wanted to write to explain that Tamara has been volunteering her time to help the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC).
ESC is an important coalition comprising a network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education and other organizations that are working to protect wildlife.
The members of the coalition include the National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Humane Society of the USA, the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, the National Recreation & Parks Association, and the Sierra Club.
Tamara has had several articles published on the ESC’s site, ‘Oil Spill: Wildlife Crisis’, which look at the damage that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has done and continues to do to species that live there.
When The Reports Came In
For some years now, Tamara has been receiving regular updates from various environmental groups.
So when reports were coming in of the damage that was being done to the Gulf, Tamara knew about it very early on.
She knew that spreading the word was important because not only were the species threatened because of direct contamination, but because it was happening at the worse of times – during the breeding season.
So when ESC asked Tamara whether she would like to write about species threatened by the spill, she wrote several articles.
Tamara will continue to write for ESC about this and other important issues, and I will update this page when she does so.
You can read the articles that Tamara has written by clicking on the links below.
To give you a foretaste, Tamara’s article on the Alabama Beach Mouse starts by taking the perspective of the mouse itself:
A Resourceful, Monogamous Rodent
Imagine that excluding your tail, your light-colored head and body measures about three inches (7.5 centimeters), and you weigh about half an ounce (12.5 grams).
You’re a male Alabama beach mouse, and so you’re monogamous. Your mate can weigh up to about three-quarters of an ounce (20 grams), and you and she have about three litters with three to four offspring every year.
You are native only to the rolling, white sand along the coastal dunes of Alabama, and it takes two to three acres to support you and your mate. A nocturnal animal, you spend your days in the nest that you have made in your burrow and you only come out to feed when darkness provides additional cover.
People find you endearing because you are tiny with huge eyes and ears, but actually…
Other Endangered Species
These are not the only species impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other species in the Gulf that have been threatened include the following in what is, unfortunately, a very long list:
Alabama red belly turtle
Choctawhatchee beach mouse
Florida perforate cladonia
Florida salt marsh vole
Green sea turtle
Hawksbill sea turtle
Key Largo cotton mouse
Key Largo woodrat
Leatherback sea turtle
Loggerhead sea turtle
Lower Keys marsh rabbit
Perdido Key beach mouse
St. Andrew beach mouse
West Indian manatee