Our friend and Native Plant guy, Don Norman is actually a Wildlife Biologist, from Shoreline, where he owns and operates Go Natives Nursery supplying Native Plants to gardeners in our area. He has done extensive bird life studies in the Gulf Habitat Areas in the past and is now offering his professional services again. He's also a principal in the Puget Sound Bird Observatory.
He is now on a mission in New Orleans area to help out on assessments of the damages from the Gulf Oil Spill. He is sending us occasional updates from the field which we'll publish here.
Don was interviewed on Nightline yesterday! We're all proud of the work he's doing.
Today, just a short greeting as things are getting underway. To help Don out on his mission, you can purchase some plants from his nursery. Check - http://gonatives.com/about_gonatives.htm
Things are getting really grim and crazy down here. Check out the story that nightline did on Wed on ABC news.
I am off to meet with NYT reporter...
If you are looking to a way to support efforts down here, consider the NO Musician's clinic.
If we can't get any more seafood, we can still get the music...
Awhile later, "Nightline" joined Cathy Norman's brother, Don, a wildlife biologist and toxicologist, on a boat as he set out to do an assessment of the bird population on Wisner Trust lands.
As we arrived at the beach, a work team overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers was scrambling to block a breach so that oil wouldn't enter the fragile marshlands.
"It's very likely that these birds that are oiled will not survive," said Don Norman. "If the bird has actually been feeding in the water that's got oil in it, it could be ingesting [oil] on or in the organisms it's [eating]."