A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our customers and staff who helped us raise $953.03 for the Audubon of Florida Oil Spill Relief Fund, our Native Sun GreenApples Charity for June 2010!
This special fund was created in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. Donations will support bird rescue and rehabilitation as well as advocacy efforts to keep local waters clean and flowing, and wildlife safe from the impacts of habitat loss. According to Audubon of Florida’s website, over 30 native bird species are in danger from the Oil Spill including the brown pelican, egret, heron, sandpiper, warbler, swallow, terns, gulls, and more.
“Unfortunately, beach-nesting birds that were already experiencing significant declines now face the impacts of the BP Gulf oil disaster. It will be very difficult for these species to recover from the spill’s impacts. Support like that provided by Native Sun Natural Foods Market helps us address the immediate threats of the spill by deploying bird stewards to protect birds currently nesting from detrimental beach activities, by providing support to crews cleaning the oiled birds and by training wildlife observers. Such support will also help us sustain the long-term efforts necessary for the species’ recovery,” said Monique Borboen, a NE FL Policy Associate for Audubon of Florida.
We normally feature a new charity each month, but the oil spill continues to be an ongoing problem that needs a lot of help. We collected towels in May, donations for shore birds in June and are currently accepting donations to help sea turtles through the end of July.
*Thank you also & again to Audubon of Florida Center for Birds of Prey for inviting me to help release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild. It was an amazing experience that reminded me just how important the work of the Audubon Society is to our community.